School sus­pends grade 9 learner

Pupil threw wa­ter bot­tle at teacher

Sowetan - - News - By Ia­van Pi­joos

The North­ern Cape de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion has sus­pended a Kim­ber­ley Boys’ High School pupil af­ter he was filmed throw­ing wa­ter in a teacher’s face in class. Ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment spokesper­son Ge­of­frey van der Merwe said the grade 9 pupil was sus­pended yes­ter­day.

Van der Merwe said the school had started prepa­ra­tions for a for­mal dis­ci­plinary hear­ing. He said pend­ing the hear­ing‚ the pupil would com­plete his ex­am­i­na­tions at the Frances Baard district of­fice.

This af­ter a 30-sec­ond video of the in­ci­dent went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia on Mon­day.

In the video‚ the pupil is seen stand­ing by the teacher’s desk‚ hold­ing a plas­tic bot­tle con­tain­ing wa­ter.

Af­ter a short con­ver­sa­tion‚ the pupil can be heard telling the ed­u­ca­tor that she is a great teacher: “... You’re a great teacher ma’m ...”

A few sec­onds later‚ he throws the wa­ter in her face. The teacher stands up and they wres­tle for the bot­tle‚ be­fore she takes it and throws it at him.

“What the f*** just hap­pened?” one pupil is heard say­ing‚ while oth­ers laugh and cheer.

The teacher walks to the door and the video ends. The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Fri­day.

Van der Merwe said the de­part­ment con­demned the in­ci­dent “in the strong­est terms”.

What the f*** has just hap­pened?

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