Students threaten teacher with guns

Students threaten teacher with guns

MASERU – SOME pupils in Berea threatened their teachers with guns last week, forcing police to intervene in an incident highlighting how gun culture is pervading Lesotho’s schools.
In stunning fashion, police moved in to seize four guns from three secondary school children, police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said. thepost cannot name the school to protect the identities of the children as required by the Children’s Protection Act of 2010.

Terrified teachers called out to police for help after the boys, aged between 14 and 17 years old, brandished the guns at them, said the police spokesman.
One of them had two guns.

“The one with two guns said one belonged to his parent while the other he found it lost in the family crops fields,” Superintendent Mopeli said.
“The parents were arrested and appeared before the Berea magistrate’s court charged with illegal possession of guns.
“All of them are out on bail,” he said.

It is not clear what motivated the boys to carry the guns and threaten their teachers, said Superintendent Mopeli.
The kids could be taking from their elders, if cases of illegal gun use are anything to go by.

Superintendent Mopeli said licensed gun owners should ensure that their weapons did not fall into the wrong hands.
“It is against the law to lose a gun. So, if a person feels like he is not fit to take care of that gun he must give it to someone who will take care of it,” Superintendent Mopeli said.

Staff Reporter

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