- Bullying among learners
- Learners using dangerous weapons like knives in school fights
- Lack of security at the gates, which means anyone can come and go as they please
- Absence of a school safety policy and no monitoring or checking of what learners carry into the school.
A case was reported whereby a man from the community walked into a school and asked for a particular teacher. Without waiting for the teacher to be called, he proceeded to the class and shot the teacher dead and right before the learners. He then walked out of the school.
One morning we woke up to the news that a young male teacher had been killed. What was startling was that the killer was his ex-matriculant student. The news reported that the male student went to the teacher’s home after matric results were published in national newspapers and stabbed the teacher to death. He said the teacher was the reason for his failure. The teacher was still young – less than 30 years – and had a long career and life ahead of him. I felt so helpless as shock waves went through me. I wondered what could have been the cause that warranted this premeditated act by the student that was worth such a tragic end for both. Premature death for the teacher and life in prison for the ex-matriculant.