Pretoria school comes to grips with stabbings

Akasia High School in Pretoria had a normal school day on Monday following last week’s double stabbing, the school’s headmaster said.

Headmaster Frik van Wyk said pupils were back in class at about 9.30am after he had spoken to angry parents about the incident and assured them of their children’s safety.

Two 17-year-old boys from Akasia were stabbed on Friday during an argument with three schoolmates.

Van Wyk said the school had had a qualified paramedic on duty, who stabilised the pupils on scene before an ambulance arrived. Police were immediately told of the incident, as were both pupils’ parents.

The three allegedly responsible for the stabbing were immediately suspended pending the outcome of the investigations. They were arrested on Friday and are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, Van Wyk said.

Pretoria police said on Monday that the three had in turn laid assault charges against the two who were stabbed.
Spokesperson Inspector Dikatso Thebe said the three boys claimed the stabbing was in self-defence after the two boys beat them with their fists.

“The attack was not a racial one and investigations continue,” said Thebe.

The boys who were stabbed will also appear in the local magistrate’s court on Wednesday.—Sapa

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