House arrest for young vandals

The six primary schoolboys who were part of a group who vandalised an Alexandria school to the tune of R100 000 have been placed on a juvenile diversion programme that includes life-skills sessions and lengthy house arrest.

Alexandria High School principal Aldy Meyer said it was the worst vandalism he had seen in 29 years of teaching. More than 30 windows were smashed and the life science laboratory and other classrooms suffered severe water damage when copper pipes were stolen.

Although only six children aged 11 and 12 were placed on the diversion programme, 22 juveniles were implicated in the two-day rampage. Sixteen of the boys were not charged as they are all under 10 years old.

– David Macgregor

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