Students in the Free State province of South Africa were captured on camera on Thursday overturning a police vehicle after going on the rampage over the alleged passing of a classmate.
According to a local police spokesperson quoted by the Times Live website, the child is believed to have committed suicide after being bullied by a teacher.
“It is reported that the child left a suicide note to say what caused the death and then the learners at the school picketed and it became violent,” Warrant Officer Peter Mabizela is quoted as saying.
Angry learners at a school in Ficksburg, Free State, went on the rampage and attacked a police vehicle. pic.twitter.com/JiIowOWBDX— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) February 2, 2023
According to Mr. Mabizela, students from neighboring schools gathered to Tlotlisong Secondary School, where they held two police officers and teachers hostage inside the building.
In front of applause, the students flipped a police car on its side. To get them out of the school, extra police units were required.
Five minors were arrested for public violence and will appear in court soon, police said.