Stag­ger­ing in­ci­dents

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

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.

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