Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Violence at school lands girl in ICU

A female student is fighting for her life at Princes Marina Hospital’s intensive care unit after a fracas with another female student believed to be part of warring school gangs.

Police have arrested a juvenile suspect.

Last week, two warring groups of female students at Ledumang secondary school in Gaborone were engaged in a vicious fight that landed one student in the intensive care unit.

The Station Commander of Broadhurst Police Station, Superintendent Baratwang Odumetse, said his station was investigating a case in which two female students, aged 16 and from Ledumang Secondary School, had some misunderstanding that led to a vicious fight resulting in the severe stabbing of the other.

He added that the victim is still hospitalized and hoping to recover from the stab wounds.
“This is a rare case because we are not used to seeing girls carrying knives when going to school,” he said.

Odumetse added that one student was arrested in connection with the incident and was arraigned before the Broadhurst Magistrate Court last Friday.

He appealed to students that if they have problems, they should always seek assistance from parents and teachers or any other person they trust.

“The matter will be in camera not in an open court as the suspect is a juvenile,” he said.
The school headmaster, Peter Moalusi, said he could not comment since the case was already in the hands of the police.

About the general students’ behavior, the headmaster again declined to comment stating that, “I have not been given the mandate to speak to the press.”

Meanwhile, some students who opted for anonymity, told The Sunday Standard they were very scared of students who have organized themselves into school gangs and who carry weapons to school.
They said they once reported to the school management about the school gangs but the school management seemed reluctant to act on the matter.


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