Police were holding 20 schoolchildren on February 14 in the black township of Atteridgeville, near Pretoria, after clashes between police and boycotting students which resulted in the death of a 15-year-old girl.
SVs PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR Pupil locking school gate as others look on. (2 SHOTS)
SV Pupils looking at newspaper with headline 'Student Killed'.
SCU Pupil letting other into schoolyard.
SV Mother bringing parcel under gate to pupil inside.
SV PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR Helicopter overhead PULL DOWN TO school.
SV Pupils approaching school gates, which are locked. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK Pupils outside school with gates open.
SVs Pupils re-enter school for meeting with school officials. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Police were holding 20 schoolchildren on February 14 in the black township of Atteridgeville, near Pretoria, after clashes between police and boycotting students which resulted in the death of a 15-year-old girl. The student, Emma Sathekge, was run over by a police vehicle in the schoolyard of D.H. Peta High School, according to eyewitnesses. Eight other students were treated for the effects of teargas after a clash with police. Hundreds of students stoned the school principal's home and thousands more boycotted classes to protest alleged excessive corporal punishment, the prefect system and rules barring admission to over-age students who had failed the matriculation examination. Last year 50 per cent of the 73,000 black students failed the exam. Riot police in camouflage and four-wheel-drive vehicles patrolled the streets at Atteridgeville township on February 14, and four of the six state high schools in the township area were closed. Black education has been a sensitive issue since the Soweto riots in 1976, which ultimately spread across the country. As recently as last November, the government upheld the principle of racial segregation in education while pledging itself to equality between the races. However, expenditure on black students is only one sixth of that spent on their white counterparts.