A cutting pain

May 30, 2007 at 8:45 am (crime, fury, murder)

Not even scissors are safe anymore. How do you deal with the fact that your kid has been stabbed – in school – with a pair of scissors?
My heart bleeds for this boy’s family and a report in the
Cape Argus just filled me with more despair. In Cape Town, of the 109 high risk schools, 34 of them are primary schools. These are kids under the age of 15!
Even worse is the fact that most of the schools are on the Cape Flats.
Not surprising, I must say, but really disheartening. These are schools we competed against in athletics meetings; schools who have the same problems, background and issues that we had in our school in Lentegeur, Mitchell’s Plain.
These are the schools so many of my family, friends and my brother are still attending. And there’s actually nothing we can do about what’s going on there. I feel powerless and I’m angry because I’m powerless. I just don’t know what to do.
I don’t know what’s going to happen to the 17-year-old who wielded those deadly pair of scissors but I do know this: banning the stuff in schools will not stop the violence.
If you’ve been fucked over for so long and remained on the fringe of the BEE-trickledown, you won’t just change your ways because some prissy education department official had a bright-spark idea to remove sharp objects. I’ve seen people been stabbed with pens and pencils – are they going to ban that too? Please. Spare me.



  1. Steve Crane said,

    Absolutely. Wanting to ban scissors in schools is much the same as the call to regulate blogging and MXit. The scissors, blogging tools and MXit are just tools. As Eishman says people need to take responsibility for their actions and stop looking for things to blame them on.

  2. tbhanks said,

    Thanks for the link Steve – and your post too regarding MXit. Also had a discussion on the MXit thing at Louisa’s hotspot: http://louisa123.wordpress.com/2007/05/29/are-you-saying-the-devil-made-you-do-it/

    Sadly, though, people are not in the habit of taking responsibility for their actions if there are other things to blame. But how about this: if there are no shebeens/liquor store in your area isn’t it less easy to get drunk?

    I’m just throwing this out there because this whole MXIT-gets-the-blame thing is interesting and people often come out guns blazing for or against but not in a way that can make me understand exactly what they’re blaming MXit for. So I play devil’s advocate to hear if there are any logical reasons why people are protesting against it – and if, indeed, these protests are valid.

  3. Louisa said,

    People can still brew their own nasty stuff, in the absence of liquor stores. Or even worse – get hooked on something else?

    Do you know what this reminds me of? The big international company I used to work for had beautiful intentions to keep their staff safe from industrial accidents and the like. So whenever someone got involved in an incident that could have been prevented a world wide news letter would go out to all divisions so that they could discuss it with the workers and hopefully prevent any future repeat of the same incident. I have to admit – initially I quite liked this idea. But I lost my faith in the program gradually, and the final straw for me was the day I had to put a serious face on and tell my guys not to walk off a roof backwards.

    Sometimes you just have to think for yourself, don’t you?!

    The more we try to control, regulate and make safe everything, the more stupid we become!

  4. tbhanks said,

    Also true Louisa. That makes sense and one has to accept one’s part in the process. I still think it’s human nature to take advantage of something if it’s being offered on a silver platter (not talking about things like murder and so on) – in this case MXit being the said platter.
    Walking backwards? I just had a giggle reading that so can’t imagine you having to tell people (seriously) they should do it. How did you handle it? 🙂

  5. Louisa said,

    I had to talk very slowly and try not to shake my head in disbelief as I read the report of what happened. In the end I just couldn’t help myself and started talking briefly about the Darwin awards. Luckily my guys knew me well by then so they just took it all with a pinch of salt.

    I think I also mentioned that if any of them ever did that and embarressed me and that department by doing something so idiotic I would laugh at them or throw rocks at their caskets. If I didn’t then I certainly wanted to! (I probably did though, I’m not big on bottling up)

  6. tbhanks said,

    *Giggle* You must’ve loved that job to stay there!

  7. Louisa said,

    I stayed there for 7 years (must have broken one helluva mirror in a previous life?).

    At my last performance appraisal I had the oppertunity to fill in a blank space marked “personal goals at X company”…I knew it was time to go when I answered : the three S’s – Sanity, Stamina, Survival. And under skills I’d like to devolop further I had: anger management and replacement training.

    I’m not kidding by the way. I was miserable there!

  8. tbhanks said,

    Oi! Best that you got out of there. Life is too short to stay in a job that makes you sick. Good on you for getting out.

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