A strong team from the Edenvale Police Youth Desk visited Edenglen High School today (17 January) to educate the youthon pertinent issues such as drugs and bullying.
Among the Youth Desk team were two former Edenglen High learners, Malessa Mahlangu and Megan Ricciardi.
The event was organised by Sergeant Jacob Mashile, head of Edenvale Police’s Social Crime Prevention Unit, and he was accompanied by Constable Reneilwe Mokhomola and Mrs Commonwealth SA Finalist 2017 Palesa Phiri.
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School headmaster Trevor Weinerlein said he believed the team’s presence on the first day back at school brought apowerful message to the learners, and said from experience, drugs and bullying could affect anyone, of any age and at any school.
“Do not be disrespectful or say something to someone that you can see they don’t like. If they say, ‘Please stop it’, this is usually an indicator that you have gone too far,” said Phiri, addressing the issue of bullying.
Speaking about drugs and drug abuse, Mahlangu explained that drugs were illegal and caused psychological and physical damage.
In his closing address to learners, Serg Mashile ended with a strong sentiment. “Please report drugs and bullying to us,” said Serg Mashile, “We will come to arrest. Let’s get rid of these rotten potatoes in the school.”
He spoke in a friendly manner which the children could relate to and while many laughed at his closing statement, from the wide eyes in the hall it was clear the message had hit home.
School spokesperson Elsie Verwey said that 2018 had started for Edenglen High School on a ‘very positive note’ and the encouraging message from the Youth Desk team was just a part of the great things the staff and learners expected for this new schooling year.
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