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Gauteng MEC Calls for Respect in Schools following Shooting Incident

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Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane

Gauteng MEC Calls for Respect in Schools Following Shooting Incident at Primrose Primary

Germiston – In the wake of a horrifying event that left the Primrose Primary School community in shock, Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane addressed learners, emphasizing the importance of respect towards educators and school management.

The incident in question unfolded last Friday when a Grade 6 pupil allegedly opened fire on the school principal, resulting in the principal currently recuperating from a gunshot wound in the hospital.

Speaking to the shaken students on Monday, MEC Chiloane delivered a stern message about the gravity of the situation. He expressed dismay over the event, which he said should never occur within the premises of a learning institution – a place meant to be safe and secure for young minds.

“That child did something that shocked all of us. It’s unfortunate what is going to happen because once you do something like this, your future is also compromised,” Chiloane declared.

The learner involved in the shooting has been taken into police custody. Chiloane used this incident to stress the significance of respecting educators. “The learner has been arrested… You must respect your school principal all the time. You must listen to them because your teachers are your parents in school,” he told the learners.

Chiloane did not mince his words as he linked the behaviour at school to that at home: “Once you don’t respect your teachers, it means you do not respect at home,” he noted.

Acknowledging the fear and anxiety that have since gripped the school, the MEC assured the community that measures are in place to support those affected. “The children are receiving counselling and support, including the teachers, who are all shaken by the incident,” MEC Chiloane said.

Moreover, the school’s leadership has reportedly been proactive since the incident. “The school leadership has assured me that since the incident occurred, they have been on top of things,” he explained.

Providing an update on the legal proceedings stemming from the incident, Chiloane informed the school that judicial actions are swiftly taking place. “As it stands, the child is appearing in court today and the father has been apprehended as well for negligence.”

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