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Learner arrested

A Grade 12 learner of Paarl Boys’ High School appeared in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court on 22 August after dagga was found in his possession in the school grounds.

The incident took place on Thursday 17 August on the premises of the school.

According to Captain Louise du Plessis, Paarl police spokesperson, this learner was among a few other learners from various schools in the Paarl area who appeared in the magistrate’s court for possession of cannabis.

“The concern is that many learners and adults are under the impression that the use of cannabis has been legalised, and the use of it among youth has shown a dramatic increase,” Du Plessis said.

She says this is not true, as the law has not been amended and the use and possession of cannabis is still illegal.

Bronagh Hammond, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department, confirmed the Grade 12 learner was arrested at the school.

Hammond explained: “The School Governing Body is currently investigating the matter, and will decide how to proceed with disciplinary procedures.”

. Another stabbing incident involving two learners of Klein Nederburg Secondary during school hours the previous week was also reported to the WCED.

The two learners, in Grade 8 and Grade 10, stabbed each other using scissors. Both are now back at the school and are to attend a disciplinary hearing.

In terms of drugs at schools, Hammond advises that there is a policy in place in terms of conducting searches for illicit substances and dangerous objects.

She says: “If a police officer has reasonable suspicion that there are weapons or illegal substances on a particular school property or on someone at the school, they are allowed to undertake a search of the school or the person, without needing a warrant to conduct the search.

“It is important, however, to ensure that the conducting of searches and seizures is clearly outlined in a school’s Code of Conduct and Safety Plan.”

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