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School boarders hospitalised after celebrations ‘spiral out of control’


No life threatening injuries were reported but eight were hospitalised in Kimberley

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SEVERAL boarders who attend Boshof Hoërskool had to receive medical attention after they were allegedly locked in a room, sprayed with insecticide and assaulted during “40 days” celebrations.

The incident is believed to have taken place at Vastrap Hostel in Boshof on Monday night, with matric pupils celebrating their last remaining days at the school when “things spiralled out of control”.

The boarders were transported to Kimberley for medical treatment and were later discharged.

Spokesperson for Mediclinic Gariep in Kimberley, Denise Coetzee, yesterday confirmed that eight patients between the ages of 12 and 16 years were admitted to the hospital on Monday evening.

“No one suffered any serious or life threatening injuries,” said Coetzee.

It is believed that other pupils might have been transported to other local hospitals for treatment.

The school refused to comment when contacted yesterday, while the Free State Department of Education did not respond to media enquiries by the time of going to print.

Spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Education, Geoffrey van der Merwe, stated that there were no reported incidents in the Northern Cape.

“We encourage all pupils to remain focused on their school work so that they can achieve a good academic pass at the end of the year,” Van der Merwe advised.