High school pupil shoots teacher

A schoolboy shot and wounded a teacher at a high school in Sasolburg in the Free State.

The police’s Sergeant Sellwane Mapamela said the incident happened around 10.45am today.

“This morning, a 15-year-old boy was chasing three other pupils at school. He was stopped by the deputy principal, asking him why he was chasing them,” Mapamela said.

“During this questioning, the boy pulled a pistol from behind his back but a shot did not go off.”

Mapamela said the boy then ran away. Two teachers followed and tried to disarm him.

During the scuffle, a shot went off, hitting one of the teachers in the right lower leg.

Mapamela said the boy again ran off and was accosted by police in DF Malan Street in Sasolburg.

The firearm, believed to belong to his grandfather, was found in his possession.

The boy was in detention and undergoing phsychological assessments.

No further information was available on the condition of the teacher.

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