Pupils and teachers at Njube High School in Bulawayo were left shocked after a 15-year-old form two pupil stabbed his 16-year-old classmate in the left side ribs with a screw driver.
A teacher at the school, who requested not to be named, said the shocking incident happened this week on Monday in the school yard.
The teacher said while the pupils were getting out of their classes to leave for their respective homes, the assailant, who was wielding a screw driver in the school yard, charged at his classmate and accused him of being in the habit of shaming him in class.
“He accused his fellow classmate of being in the habit of ridiculing him whenever he makes a mistake during their free periods and what angered him most was that he shamed him recently, causing the whole class to laugh at him,” said the teacher.
The teacher said the two traded harsh words much to the amusement of fellow pupils who had surrounded them.
At the height of the fiasco, the attacker stabbed his classmate in the left side ribs and fled leaving the screw driver stuck in the flesh, the source close to investigations said.
One of the learners, who was watching the feud, rushed to the staffroom to inform teachers.
“It was a scary incident because he was profusely bleeding while crying. Some teachers conducted first aid on him to stop the bleeding,” said the source.
The headmaster took the attacked boy to Njube police station and made a police report leading to the arrest of the attacker.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident.
“I can confirm that we arrested a form two pupil from Njube High School who stabbed his classmate after allegedly accusing him of having previously embarrassed him in class. We would like to warn such wayward pupils to desist from such barbaric behaviour and also urge parents to sit down with their children and teach them moral values that will make them live humanely in the society,” said Insp Ncube.
The incident comes hard on the heels of a similar incident that recently happened at Lobengula High School where a 17-year-old form four pupil stabbed his 16-year-old classmate on the shoulder with an okapi knife as punishment for poking fun at him while in class.
The incident was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the attacker.