The pupil faces charges of attempted murder, assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm and intimidation.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named because he is a minor, is expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court soon.

Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago, told News24 that the teen chased after five fellow pupils on the school premises. Fearing for their lives, the five pupils ran into the principal’s office and locked themselves inside.

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Kgasago said one of the teachers called EMPD’s Constable Mxolisi Kali, who was near the school.

Kali arrested the pupil.

Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona promised to respond to the allegations after gathering more information.

– News24 Wire