GOBABIS: Recent incidents at the Wennie du Plessis High School here where some Grade 10 girls stripped themselves naked in class, as well as a case of a female hostel learner having been fondled by fellow females in the hostel, continue to attract wide condemnation.
Joining the fray of those who criticized the incidents is Police Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Commissioner Josephat Abel, who labeled it as examples of the social evils that alcohol has on society.
Abel told Nampa in an interview on Friday that the incidents cannot be tolerated, as it will create a bad precedence to other learners.
He said teachers should have involved the police immediately and avoid dealing with such incidents on their own.
Abel said the police view the case of the Grade Eight hostel dweller, who was forcefully undressed and had her private parts fondled, as extremely serious.
He advised the parents of the learner to take the matter up with the police through its Women and Child Protection Unit.
“The police should have been called in to at least warn such students, as leaving the matter to the education authorities alone would not necessarily have the best outcome.
The incident of indecent exposure in public should also have been dealt with by our office,” he said.
Three girls allegedly stripped naked during a lesson in front of a male teacher and other students, causing havoc in the class.
The incident has been blamed on alcohol abuse, as the girls were allegedly spotted at a popular drinking hole the weekend before the incident, indulging in excessive alcohol abuse.
The regional police chief warned alcohol trading outlets against allowing underage children in their establishments, as such acts are in contravention of the Liquor Act.
He also lashed out at parents who sent their children to bars and shebeens to buy alcohol for them.
“How do you expect children to stay away from alcohol and concentrate on their school work if they are constantly exposed to alcohol? This has to stop. The police are adequately empowered in terms of the law to also arrest such parents and bar owners,” he noted.