2008-01-31 : School gunman is policeman's son

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2008-01-31 : School gunman is policeman's son

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-03-07 07:38

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School gunman is policeman's son



DURBAN – It was confirmed on Thursday that a 17-year-old teenager -- who went on a rampage at a Durban school with a firearm -- is the son of a Metro policeman.



The boy -- who is a former pupil of the school allegedly stole his father’s gun from a locked safe and then went to the Mbelebele high school in Q Section, Umlazi where he held teachers and pupils at gunpoint on Tuesday. The incident was only reported to police on Wednesday afternoon.



Police spokeswoman Superintendent Daniela Veldhuizen confirmed that the teenager is the son of a Metro officer. “A case of theft was opened by the father when the firearm went missing and this was before the incident even took place,” she said.



It is alleged that the officer locked the gun in his safe and went to sleep. The teenager had somehow stolen the key and removed the firearm. Teachers from the SA Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) said it was further alleged that the boy had intended to injure another schoolboy.



Metro police spokesman Superintendent John-Thomas Tyala said they were aware of the incident. “We are gathering information on the circumstances on how the boy had obtained the firearm. Internal steps will be taken against the officer if it is proven that he was negligent,” said Tyala.



He said Metro police would now be assisting the SA Police Service in tracking down the teen. – Sapa.
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Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-03-07 07:46

Durban school gunman still on the run



DURBAN - A 17-year-old former pupil, who went on a gun-toting
rampage at a Durban school earlier this week, is on the run from
police.


Police spokesman Captain Khephu Ndlovu on Friday said the boy had
not been found. Police were searching for him.


The youth, the son of a metro policeman, apparently stole his father
's service pistol from a safe and then went to his former school,
Mbelebele High in Umlazi's Q Section, where he held teachers and
pupils at gunpoint on Tuesday.


The incident was only reported to police on Wednesday afternoon.


Police spokeswoman Superintendent Daniela Veldhuizen told Sapa
earlier that a case of theft was opened by the father when his
firearm went missing.


It was alleged that the officer locked the gun in his safe and went
to sleep. The teenager stole the key and removed the firearm.


Teachers from the SA Democratic Teachers Union, who converged at the
school on Thursday, said it was further alleged that the boy had
intended to injure another schoolboy.


"His girlfriend is apparently in the same school and he believed she
was seeing another boy at this school," said a teacher, not wanting
to be named.


"He went to the school deliberately looking for this other boy," he
said.


Ndlovu said the teenager went onto the school premises, fired shots
into the air and threatened teachers and pupils.


Bheki Fakazi, chairman of the Sadtu branch in Umlazi, said the boy
also reportedly assaulted a parent standing at the entrance gate as
well as a teacher.


"This boy just snapped and went crazy... he was screaming, using
vulgar language and also made sarcastic remarks about the educators
and the principal," he said.


A teacher at the school told Sapa that teachers and pupils locked
themselves inside classrooms to avoid the gunman. "Children hid
under desks and many others knelt down to stay away from the
windows," she said, not wanting to be named.


The school opened a case of intimidation and discharging of a
firearm on Wednesday.


Metro police spokesman Superintendent John-Thomas Tyala said: "We
are gathering information on the circumstances on how the boy
obtained the firearm. Internal steps will be taken against the
officer if it is proven that he was negligent," said Tyala. - Sapa.
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