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Ashley Kativhu, a youth desk member speaks out about violence in schools.
Violence among young people in society is increasing dramatically. Perhaps what is most alarming is that these violent acts are not only occurring on the streets but in schools as well.
School violence is defined as any physical or verbal attack on a person while on school grounds. In earlier decades, school violence merely involved delinquency and the occasional bickering. However, school violence has recently become a big problem with many losing their lives because of these violent attacks.
Not only are learners becoming more violent but weapons like knives and guns are taken to schools and often these weapons are on the school premises without the teachers’ knowledge.
With incidents such as the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old Mondeor High pupil, footage of five girls from Crystal Park High School in Benoni who beat up a 14-year-old fellow pupil and even the death of Thoriso Themane, who was killed by a group of learners aged 15 to 16, one can only wonder what the future holds.
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Members from the local Youth Desk visit the EldosFM studios on a weekly basis in hopes to be the voice of the youth within the community.
Last week the youth desk team discussed violence in schools and the impact it has on all the learners and teachers at school. Karabo Sekgotlaboraga, who is the youth desk ambassador said that violence on school premises happens on a daily basis and that teenagers today are angrier than ever – but no one really knows why and no one is speaking out.
“Fights in school causes so much disruption for both learners and teachers and has become the reason why many pupils choose to distance themselves from other learners. Pupils are no longer able to trust their peers,” said Sekgotlaboraga.
Karabo Sekgotlaboraga, the youth desk ambassador speaks out about violence in schools.
The youth desk team believes that the only way change will occur is when the youth decides to speak out and face the problems they are dealing with head-on.
“We have to speak out, share ideas and create and unite as the youth instead of tearing one another down,” said Sekgotlaboraga. “I urge anyone in our community who needs assistance or advice about bullying to visit us. The youth desk can be found at the police station in Extension Six,” he concluded.
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