Teen raped by rob­bers

Post - - Front Page - CHAR­LENE SOMDUTH

THE spe­cial needs pupil who was raped by a fel­low learner dur­ing school hours has been sit­ting at home for the past three months as the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is un­able to trans­fer her to another school.

Last month, POST re­ported that the 13-year-old girl, from Phoenix, was al­legedly raped dur­ing a school lunch break in March.

She claimed that the 15-year-old boy, who al­legedly as­saulted her, had threat­ened to kill her if she told any­one.

Since the al­leged rape, the girl’s mother said her daugh­ter had lost weight and had been act­ing bizarre.

Her mom caught her burn­ing her­self with a hot hair straight­ener and crush­ing a light bulb with her fin­gers.

When she was ques­tioned about why she was harm­ing her­self, she told her mother she did not want to go back to the school.

Her fam­ily only dis­cov­ered in Au­gust that a learner had al­legedly raped the girl and threat­ened to stab her.

The child’s mother said: “Since Au­gust, she re­fuses to go back to the school. When we men­tion the school, she starts pan­ick­ing. She is afraid and trau­ma­tised and goes for coun­selling to help her over­come her or­deal.”

De­spite nu­mer­ous at­tempts to have her daugh­ter trans­ferred to another school, the mother said of­fi­cials from the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion at the Phoenix district of­fice had told her it was not pos­si­ble be­cause there was no other gov­ern­ment school in the area that could ac­com­mo­date her child.

“My daugh­ter at­tended main­stream school un­til the age of 10. Her teacher found she was not catch­ing on to what was be­ing taught and an assess­ment was done. It found she was a slow learner and she was trans­ferred to the school.”

The un­em­ployed mother of two said they could not af­ford to en­rol their daugh­ter at a pri­vate spe­cial needs school.

“While she is re­ceiv­ing coun­selling, we think it is im­por­tant for her to con­tinue with her ed­u­ca­tion. She is a slow learner and al­ready missed out on so much of work. It is un­fair the boy is still in school re­ceiv­ing an ed­u­ca­tion, while my daugh­ter is at home scared.”

The school prin­ci­pal de­clined to com­ment.

The spokesper­son for the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in KZN, Muzi Mh­lambi, said the mat­ter was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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