Father sees red over son’s filmed beating

2013-10-19 00:00

YET another pupil has been suspended after a school yard brawl — this time at the Kharwastan Secondary School in Chatsworth, Durban.

Graphic footage of the incident on the East Coast Radio Newswatch website shows one pupil beating another to the ground and punching him before standing up and kicking him in the head.

The incident took place on Friday last week, and a video of the scuffle has since circulated on the Internet.

After seeing for the first time the footage of his son being beaten, the 17-year-old’s father told Weekend Witness he was fuming.

“I was ranting and raving — I just lost my calm. I walked into the school’s office and I used vulgar language, that’s how angry I was. After calming down I apologised to the principal,” he said.

The father said that his son was doing much better, but was still in pain and did not want to go to school.

“Doctors say he might have an eye fracture and he is also suffering from headaches. He says that he is afraid to go to school for fear of being victimised. But being in Grade 11, he has very important exams to complete and cannot afford to miss school.

“I am no longer angry. The parents of the other boy are sorry, but something needs to be done. My son could have gone into a coma or even become paralysed. I am just upset that my son feels too scared to go back to school,” he said.

The school’s principal, Vic Pillay, was not available to comment, but had earlier stated that the school was aware of the video and that a disciplinary hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday.

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