29/09/2017 11:50 SAST | Updated 29/09/2017 12:31 SAST

Dear Learners: Here's Advice On How To Deal With Bullies -- Leave The Guns To Adults

So instead of taking a weapon to school, here are some of the options available for children exposed to bullying:

Craig Dingle

South Africans shared mixed reaction on social media on Friday after news broke that a Grade 2 learner in Ekurhuleni had taken a gun with live rounds of ammunition to an East Rand school to allegedly "deal with" another learner who had reportedly bullied him.

Steve Mabona, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Education, said police were called to the Brakpan scene on Thursday to confiscate the gun.

He said although the child was taken to the police station, he was not charged and subsequently released. His father was contacted and a case has been opened.

Brakpan police are in pursuit of the father.

Social media users took to Twitter to not only express shock but to also recall their own childhood.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was among many expressing shock at the reports:

Here are some of the options available for children exposed to bullying:

1. Seek immediate help from an adult and report bullying and victimization incidents to your teacher.

2. If you see someone being bullied speak up and/or offer support to the victim when you see him or her being bullied (e.g., picking up the victim's books and handing them to him or her)

3. Privately support those being hurt with words of kindness.

4. Express disapproval of bullying behaviour by not joining in the laughter, teasing or spreading rumours or gossip.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident on Wednesday, a toddler in Detroit, US, shot and injured two other children at a home daycare facility.