Three cases of classroom terror have been highlighted in Nelson Mandela Bay in just the past two months.
Teacher Vera Jewell, 59, was petrified to return to her classroom after being kicked in the stomach, pushed onto desks and threatened with a pair of scissors by a grade 7 pupil at the Alpha Primary School in Gelvandale in midAugust. The 15-year-old was subsequently suspended from school for five days. Jewell, who sustained a neck injury, was trying to stop the boy from attacking a fellow pupil.
A grade 4 teacher at Northern Lights Special School in Cotswold – already issued with a final warning for intimidating a child – was investigated again after allegedly punching a 14-yearold grade 7 pupil with a learning disability in the chest with a clenched fist during break time on August 20. The provincial education department launched an investigation into why it was not informed of the alleged assault which was witnessed by a security guard.
At Uitenhage’s Bergsig Special School, a teacher allegedly grabbed a 17-yearold grade 10 pupil by the scruff of the neck, threw him into his classroom and assaulted him behind a locked door on September 5. Police as well as the department of education investigated after the school failed to report it.