Curs­ing boy back in class but anx­ious

The Star Late Edition - - METRO - TEBOGO MONAMA [email protected]

THE for­mer Lewisham Pri­mary School pupil whose video of him swear­ing at a teacher went vi­ral has been di­ag­nosed with anx­i­ety dis­or­der.

The boy this week started Grade 8 at a Krugers­dorp high school and, while ex­cited, his mother said he strug­gled to cope at the end of last year be­cause of the vi­ral video.

His mother said: “Once peo­ple saw the video, they started teas­ing him and that made him stop play­ing out­side.

“When we took him to the doc­tor for a check-up, they said he had anx­i­ety.”

The school­boy had al­ready been on med­i­ca­tion for at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der.

The mother said her son was ex­cited but anx­ious about in­ter­act­ing with the other learn­ers.

“This week is ori­en­ta­tion and he will only be in­ter­act­ing with the other Grade 8s.

“He is wor­ried about what will hap­pen next week when he meets the older chil­dren,” she said.

The mother said the school was aware of the is­sue and the prin­ci­pal had been sup­port­ive.

In the 51-se­cond video, the boy is seen scream­ing at a male teacher, pulling him by his shirt.

A fe­male teacher then in­ter­venes. “Leave the teacher,” she says, as he gets be­tween the two.

The boy then fights the fe­male teacher, push­ing and hit­ting her.

The male teacher then goes to­wards the boy and tries to re­strain him from hit­ting the fe­male teacher. How­ever, the boy lashes out at him.

“Don’t touch me. You stink. Did you have a bath this morn­ing?” he shouts at him.

The fe­male teacher then says to the boy: “Don’t do this. Calm down.” But the boy screams back at her: “Leave me alone. Don’t touch me. Calm down for what?”

The male teacher de­cides to walk away and the learner can be heard shout­ing at him, say­ing: “This rub­bish.”

The fe­male teacher con­tin­ues to re­strain the boy who re­fuses to calm down.

He can also be heard threat­en­ing to “smash that car”.

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