MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint List) visits the High School for the Sciences in Jaljulya on February 8, 2018 in the wake of a school shooting the day before.
(photo credit: AHMED TIBI'S OFFICE)
Education Minister Naftali Bennett visited the High School for the Sciences in Jaljulya on Thursday in the wake of a school shooting the day before.
“As far as I am concerned, every student here is like my own child,” Bennett said, adding that students are entitled to feel safe at school.
On Wednesday, a 17-year-old boy was moderately wounded by two masked men who shot him in the lower body while on the playground. Police are investigating.
Bennett called the incident “very severe” and said the ministry was working to increase security and provide assistance to the school.
MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) also visited the school on Thursday.
In remarks to The Jerusalem Post
, Tibi put the responsibility for the violence mostly on police. “People in Jaljulya know who was injured and they know who shot the student, but still he is not arrested.
“I am asking, ‘How come there are so many weapons in Arab towns?’ Why do 17-yearolds have M-16s? All of these weapons originally are infiltrated out of the bases of the IDF.
There is a big responsibility on the police for this infiltration and for there being no prevention of these crimes and no arresting of the criminals. The police should make much more efforts,” Tibi said.
“At the same time, we have in our community groups and persons who think they can solve problems by violence.
We condemn them and call on the police to deal with them according to the law and we are doing our utmost to educate against this massive infiltration of weapons and crime.”
Paz Cohen, chairman of the National Parents Association, penned a letter on Thursday to the police and Education Ministry calling on them to “restore deterrence” of violence in schools.
“When it seemed that all the redlines had been crossed, reality came and slapped us in the face with a shooting incident inside a school in Jaljulya,” Cohen said. “We demand zero tolerance and maximum punishment for anyone who finds violence on school grounds. Whoever dares come into a school with firearms and shoots should be put in jail for the rest of his life.”