A 16-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after he was allegedly stabbed in the thigh by another pupil and allegedly assaulted by the pupil and his accomplices during a fight at a school in Phoenix on Friday.
Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the school at 1:30pm after receiving a call from a teacher reporting the incident.
As the RUSA patrol vehicle approached the scene, three individuals fled from the school premises. Reaction officers apprehended a 13-year-old scholar while two of his accomplices managed to evade arrest.
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The 13-year-old was found in possession of an okapi pocket knife which was used in the stabbing. While being interviewed, the boy claimed that he was asked to keep the knife with him following the stabbing.
It is alleged that the victim was assaulted by the suspect the previous day after he prevented him from stealing a bag from a female scholar.
As the victim exited the school premises, he was accosted by the older boy and three of his friends who were from another school in the Phoenix area. The victim was taken to a local clinic for medical treatment.
During the altercation, a 17-year-old drew the knife and stabbed the grade 10 pupils in the thigh while his accomplices allegedly assaulted him.
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The knife was then handed to the 13-year-old. During the interview, he pointed out the 17-year-old who was apprehended by officers. The victim proceeded to a local clinic for medical attention.
The suspect was handed over to Phoenix SAPS for further investigation into the matter. Management of the school refused to comment when contacted.
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