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A 17-year-old boy was arrested after being found in possession of an unlicensed firearm at a school in Jabulani, Soweto, Johannesburg police said on Friday.

Spokesperson Inspector Kay Makhubela said the Muncube High School pupil was arrested following a tip-off by a resident in Mofolo north, Soweto, at 11.30am.

“Police were informed that he usually carried the gun to school. He was arrested while attending a class.”

Police investigations also revealed that the 9mm pistol was allegedly stolen during a housebreaking in Elisburg, Pretoria, early this year, he said.

The pupil was expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Monday to face charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and housebreaking.

This was the sixth case of violence in Gauteng this week involving schoolchildren.

In Pretoria, a 15-year-old pupil was arrested on Wednesday for possession of a firearm, Wonderboompoort police said.

Inspector Wanda Olivier said police had received reports from two principals in the area that the pupil was travelling between two schools and was carrying a gun. Police stopped the taxi, searched the boy and arrested him when they found the firearm.

There were also two violent incidents in Heidelberg, south of Johannesburg. In the first a 17-year-old youth allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old classmate in the arm at the Hoer Volkskool on Wednesday. He ran away but was arrested later.

In Westbury Secondary School, Heidelberg, 12 pupils were involved in a gang fight. Police said the gang fight started in the township and spilled over into the school.

In Johannesburg, another a 17-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday in Eldorado Park for attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm. This was after he allegedly fired shots at other children in a park in Extension Three on Monday, said police spokesperson Captain Philemon Khorombi. Nobody was hurt.

A matric boy at the Nic Diederichs Technical High School, Morne Harmse, allegedly killed fellow pupil Jacques Pretorius (16) with a sword at the school on Monday. He also allegedly injured another boy and two gardeners.

Harmse’s case of murder and three of attempted murder was postponed on Wednesday by the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court. He would remain in custody until his next appearance on August 27.

In KwaZulu-Natal, three schoolgirls appeared in the Wasbank Magistrate’s Court, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday and were charged with murder.

They allegedly assaulted another pupil outside a school in Dundee, outside Newcastle, three weeks ago. The pupil later died of head injuries.—Sapa

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School Clinics Affects on Students

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Utilization of the data and collection of the data should be one of the main aims of the policy makers. The data can be used by the policymakers in order to develop the policies and implement these in order to make sure that improvement can be ensured (Basch, 2011, p. 9).

3. One of the main roles that can be played by the policy makers includes reviewing the policies that have already been designed for the schools. How these previous policies have played roles in an improvement of academics of the children, their environments and their health are important parts of the review by the policymakers. It is important that funding is collected for the issues that affect health and academics of children.

4. The policymakers should make sure that the importance of school-based health clinics that can play roles in looking after the needs of the students.

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Bruzzese, J., Sheares, B.J., Vincent, E.J., Du, Y., Sadeghi, H., Levison, M.J., Mellins, B.R., and Evans, D. (2011). Effects of a School-based Intervention for Urban Adolescents with Asthma: A Controlled Trial. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. April 15, 2011 183, pp. 998-1006.

Gall, G., Pagano, M.E., Desmond, S., Perrin, J.M., and Murphy, J.M. (2000). Utility of Psychosocial Screening at a School-based Health Center. Journal of School Health 70, pages 292 -- 298.

Geierstanger, P.S., Amaral, G., Mansour, M., and Walters, R.S. (2004). School-Based Health Centers and Academic Performance: Research, Challenges, and Recommendations. Journal of School Health 74, pages 347 -- 352.

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