- A teacher from a secondary school in the west of Johannesburg was forced to kill a man who was terrorising the school
- The heroic teacher fatally shot the knife-wielding man, who allegedly tried to stab the principal
- Learners were visibly shocked after the incident and will reportedly be given counselling to recover
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JOHANNESBURG - Teachers and pupils from Kagiso Secondary School encountered a harrowing ordeal when a teacher was forced to shoot an armed man who was allegedly attempting to stab the principal.
The man allegedly forced his way onto school grounds, demanding to see the principal on Friday, 3 February. The knife-wielding man found a group of teachers in a meeting in the staff room and allegedly held them hostage.
According to police spokesperson Col Dimakatso Sello, a preliminary report indicates that one of the teachers managed to escape and fired a warning shot.
The attacker reportedly lunged at the teacher, stabbing him in the arm, and that is when the teacher fired the fatal shot. When authorities arrived at the scene, the man was certified dead and the educator was transported to hospital to receive medical treatment, TimesLIVE reported.
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Traumatised school children gathered in small groups in the aftermath of the incident
Schoolchildren were let out of class early after the attack and shooting.
According to City Press, traumatised learners assembled themselves into small, visibly shocked and silent groups outside the school gates. The school will be contacting pupils' parents so that counselling can be arranged for the learners.
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South Africans flooded social media with comments about how the teacher is a hero.
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Below are some comments:
"Well done, teacher! Minus one!"
"Schools have become dangerous places."
"WELL DONE TO THAT TEACHER!"
"An armed teacher just saved lives at their school by justifiably using their firearm. I don’t want to hear a word about how disarming teachers is a good idea from the idiots in the peanut gallery. Teachers are responsible for the safety of their pupils."
"Keep this one on record for Adele Kirsten and Bheki Cele. Next time she is on TV remind her how GUNS SAVE LIVES!!"
"Well done! No sympathy for criminals."
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The South African Police Services has confirmed that 10 people were killed in two different incidents in the province.
According to News24, the police were on the scene at a village in Qunu where seven family members were gunned down by unknown assailants.
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Source: Briefly News