Pupil survives gun and knife attack at city school
April 16 2010 at 07:18AM
By Karabo Seanego
A 15-year-old pupil at Hoerskool Montana was allegedly ambushed by two armed men on the school's premises yesterday.
One of the men is said to have stabbed the boy in the hand with a knife while the other took out a gun that malfunctioned.
It is alleged the two men entered the school premises wearing school uniforms and went past the security cameras undetected.
Once inside they hid in the bathroom until the pupil came in and ambushed him.
Principal Izak Jacobs said the pupil told him that he was able to fight off the attackers after one had stabbed him. Luckily the gun did not go off when the other one tried to pull the trigger. The boy escaped.
Police spokeswoman Mabel Sibanda confirmed that the boy was stabbed. Sinoville police had reacted quickly to the call, she said. "When police got to the school the suspects had already fled. It is unclear how they were able to leave the premises without being noticed."
Gauteng department of education spokesman Charles Phahlane said they would be sending investigators to the school to find out how the suspects had managed to enter and leave the school premises without being noticed.
The boy's parents were called to the school. He gave a statement to police in their presence before being taken to hospital. Jacobs said the boy's injuries were not severe.
Sibanda said a case of attempted murder has been opened.
* This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on April 16, 2010