Pupils with laser pointers could face expulsion

The Education Department says pupils found playing with lasers on school grounds could face expulsion.

 In the latest incident last month, an 11-year-old boy's eye was left permanently damaged after looking into the light while one of his class mates was playing with it. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department is threatening serious punishment to any pupil who brings a laser pointer onto school grounds after at least two children suffered permanent eye damage.

In the latest incident last month, an 11-year-old boy's eye was left permanently damaged after looking into the light while one of his class mates was playing with it.

The department's Phumla Sekhonyane says pupils found playing with lasers on school grounds could face expulsion.

"The safety policy is determined by the school but we are warning against them being used at schools."