School sex pest case - distraught parents speak out
A NUMBER of schoolboys who were allegedly the victims of sexual molestation at Veldenvlei Primary School, are undergoing counselling and psychiatric evaluation.
Last week the ZO reported that the Empangeni SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit was investigating claims that a 22-year-old support staff employee had been fondling at least seven boys at the school.
The parents of three of the learners spoke to the ZO on Friday, highlighting the emotional effect it has had on their sons.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the mother of a sevenyear-old boy said her son seems to be coping, but has been subjected to teasing at school.
‘One of the boys told other learners what had happened and he no longer wants to go to school because of this. ‘He is a bit different at home.
‘The first week-and-a-half after it happened he wet his bed, was crying at night and talking in his sleep.
‘He is very restless and a lot more shy now than what he used to be.
‘Child Welfare has offered us counselling, which we are considering at the moment,’ the mother said.
Another mother said her nineyear-old son had been suffering from nightmares.
‘He has attended two counselling sessions and the psychologist will submit his final report soon.
‘Overall he is doing okay I suppose, apart from the nightmares and stuff.
‘Before everything came out a huge difference in his behaviour became noticeable.
He became very withdrawn, which wasn’t his normal kind of behaviour,’ she said.
The father of an eight-year-old learner said he was disappointed by the manner in which the school dealt with the matter.
Contrary to what the school had told the ZO, the father claims the school had not informed the parents about the incident.
‘Yes, the school did undertake their own investigation, but they never informed us as parents of what was happening.
‘I heard about it via another parent on Friday night and when we called the principal to get answers, he claimed he wasn’t even aware of the situation.
‘I’m not worried about the school, I’m worried about my child.
‘I have already spent more than R2 500 for a private psychologist - not that I care about the cost because I want my child to receive the best counselling so that this doesn’t affect him in the future – but it is still an added cost to us.’
The father said his son had been subjected to awkward questions at school.
‘He’s doing alright. He is responding to the psychologist, which I am pleased about, but my main concern is that some of the kids at school are asking him what happened, making him uncomfortable.’