During a crime prevention operation at the Freedom Park Secondary School, police were bombarded with stones.
Pandemonium broke out at Freedom Park Secondary School in Johannesburg on Thursday during a scheduled police raid. It may not have been the heroes reception that the SAPS officials expected to receive because they had to leave the premises in southern Johannesburg at a time when a group of schoolchildren allegedly threw the law enforcement officers with stones.
Two officers were injured while three minors were arrested for public violence and a 20-year-old pupil for the possession of marijuana and a dangerous weapon.
Three pupils were also arrested for allegedly selling ammunition at school. Wine, cigarettes, knives and lighters are some of the items confiscated. Police commissioner condemned the incident and said it was an attack on state authority.
It is understood that the students who were in their classrooms during the police visit were frightened when they heard that someone was firing a firearm on the school grounds. Unaware of what went on outside, the students stormed out of the classrooms.
In the midst of the confusion, police officers were forced to leave the site. Learners also decided to to leave the premises. It has not yet been determined why a shot went off in the first place.
Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said the situation worsened: “As the police were searching in the classrooms, they heard the sounds of gunshots. It was then that the pupils stormed out of their classrooms and started bombarding the police and community patrols with stones. In the process they damaged one of the police cars. ”
The visit was initially set up so that the police can continue with the school safety program. Officers wanted to confiscate dangerous objects from the Freedom Park learners after they discovered a significant amount of drugs at an Eldorado Park school this week.
Unfortunately, the police were unable to come near the students in Johannesburg on this occasion. They could not do their searches after the pupils left the classrooms .
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SA news team