Drunk pupils are a teacher's nightmare
MANZINI – Teachers fear for their safety as some pupils are alleged to be taking drugs and other intoxicating substances during school hours, thus posing a threat to teachers and their colleagues because of their unruly behaviour.
Some pupils are alleged to be addicted to alcohol such that police had to called, after one pupil confronted and threatened his teachers. It was suspected that the pupil may have been high on an illegal substance.
This was at Roads Park Private School. The pupil’s action was attributed to the easy accessibility of drugs and alcohol to pupils in Manzini.
Most schools around the city are close to bottle stores and beer halls, alleged the police. Some of these schools, according to the police include St Theresa’s High School, St Paul’s High School and Manzini Central High School to name a few.
Roads Park Principal Bhekumusa Matsebula relating the incident with the pupil who confronted teachers, said this happened early in the morning about two weeks back.
He said though they were able to calm the pupil, telling him to return the following day with his parents or guardian, they also decided to call the police to address the entire student body on the dangers of substance abuse. "We do have some pupils who have a problem of misbehaving. We at times find drugs such as dagga when conducting body and bag checks. It becomes worse during the marula season as we at some point found containers filled with marula brew. "Alcohol and dagga are the main drugs we normally find and are yet to find serious drugs like mandrax or cocaine on the pupils," said Matsebula.
According to Sergeant Samkeliso Msweli from the Manzini Regional Crime Prevention department, who was at the school to warn the pupils against drug usage, once the pupils were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they misbehaved.
After addressing the pupils, in a separate interview, Msweli showed this reporter a picture of pupils who were allegedly caught having sex at the Mavuso Trade Centre during ball games. The pupils were in full uniform. He said they had every reason to believe that the pupils were in their right frame of mind when they engaged in the act.
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