Boy called K-word at school

2010-03-05 09:34
Pretoria - A mother has laid a charge of assault with police after her son and a classmate tackled one another at the Afrikaans Boys' High School in Pretoria and the other boy called her son the K-word.

Mercia Sampson, 50, of Eersterust and mother of Jomarn Sampson, 15, told Beeld on Thursday that she would not leave the matter between her son and fellow Grade 10 pupil Tiaan Pieterse there, as "some people need to learn manners".

"These things cause a lot of trouble. It makes you despondent. You should go to school to learn."

She reported the incident to police and the Gauteng department of education.

Fight

The incident came after Tiaan punched Jomarn on the back of his head on February 23. School principal Dr Pierre Edwards said on Thursday that a teacher had earlier scolded both boys after Jomarn kept taking Tiaan's ruler.

"Both remained in the classroom after the bell rang for break. Tiaan punched Jomarn. Jomarn hit him back," said Edwards.

A fellow pupil made a cellphone video of the incident, in which Jomarn can be seen repeatedly punching Tiaan after being hit on the back of the head as well as receiving a hard blow to the eye. Another pupil repeatedly egged Jomarn on with the words: "Give it to him, Joeys, he hit you first."

A teacher then stopped the boys. Jomarn's eye was bleeding.

"The boys were taken to the grade head where they apologised to one another and shook hands. After they walked away from the teachers, Tiaan called Jomarn a kaffir," said Edwards.

Detention

Disciplinary steps were taken against both pupils due to the assault and both were given detention. Tiaan's father was called in and told a deputy head the incident was not typical of his son. Tiaan was warned about his behaviour.

"He also apologised to Jomarn in front of their classmates for the use of the K-word. The boys are friends again. The matter is settled as far as the school is concerned," said Edwards.

He said Jomarn's mother insisted that Tiaan be suspended, but the school refused to do this.

"The incident was handled in strict accordance with the Schools Act," he said.

Two officials from the department investigated the matter at the school on Thursday.

"The department told the school that the incident was handled appropriately," said Edwards.

He said it was "ridiculous" for Jomarn's mother to take the matter further. "Children will remain children. It is a storm in a tea cup. There are more important things for a school and its staff to give attention to," said Edwards.

Police spokesperson Aveline Hardaker confirmed that a case of assault was being investigated.

Read more on:    racism
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Dewani Trial
 

Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Entries are open, so what are you waiting for?

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Adventure holidays for your bucket list
Top 10 water sports to try before you die
6 impressive camping tips
LOL! The 8 stages of marathon running

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is an easy social flow and the need to blend in, yet you may not feel entirely comfortable. Something beneath the surface...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.