Racist teacher gets 3-month suspension

2013-04-18 09:38
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Johannesburg - A Gauteng teacher has received a 3-month suspension without pay for making racist remarks to a pupil and ordering him to remove a religious bracelet.

The Star reported that the teacher had been charged with misconduct.

The Grade 3 pupil, who was not named, had apparently endured verbal abuse and derogatory slurs from the teacher for three years, leading him to eventually injure himself to stop his mother from sending him to school.

The teacher apparently called the boy a “coolie” several times and also yelled at him, “Are you deaf, dumb or stupid?”

The teacher is married to the principal at the school and after the incident came to light, was put on precautionary suspension before the final suspension and a final written warning were given.

But the parents of the boy say the punishment is not severe enough.

 “How can they just suspend her for six months when she put my child through hell for three years? I don’t think this is a fair sanction. After three months, she will be back at the school, and God knows what she will do to my child this time,” the boy’s emotional mother said.

“I don’t even know how to tell my son about the sanction because he’s so scared of that woman. Last year, he hurt himself because he was scared to go to school. I don’t know what he will do this time when the teacher comes back.”

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