Pupils face ex­pul­sion


THE GOV­ERN­ING body of Palmview Sec­ondary School in Phoenix has sub­mit­ted their rec­om­men­da­tions to the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion fol­low­ing the tri­bunal of six pupils caught on video as­sault­ing a boy from a neigh­bour­ing school at a shop­ping com­plex.

“The SGB (school gov­ern­ing body) rec­om­mended that learn­ers who were not di­rectly in­volved in the in­ci­dent be re­lo­cated and the learn­ers who were di­rectly in­volved in the bul­ly­ing face ex­pul­sion from school and sus­pen­sion from writ­ing the NSC ex­am­i­na­tion for a pe­riod of two years,” said SGB deputy chair­man Mervyn Reddy.

The video showed a group of boys kick­ing and punch­ing a Wood­view Sec­ondary pupil un­til he fell.

In the back­ground, other pupils could be heard swear­ing and cheer­ing the fight on.

Two mo­torists in­ter­vened.

Reddy said the pupils’ ac­tions were as­sessed in­di­vid­u­ally in terms of the school’s code of con­duct.

“The un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent had gone vi­ral and brought the Palmview com­mu­nity and school into dis­re­pute.

“How­ever, the com­mu­nity and school have over­come many other chal­lenges,” Reddy said.

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