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Schoolboy rape 'a prank'

2012-05-13 09:06

Cape Town – The school at the centre of a scandal surrounding an alleged rape that took place during a high school rugby camping tour, has denied that any criminal activity took place during the camping trip.

Rapport reported that Edgemead High School described what happened as “a prank”.

The story made headlines last week after it was reported that a 16-year-old boy was raped by fellow rugby team-mates during an initiation-type incident while away on a rugby tour.

According to the boy’s parents, their son had been traumatised and they moved him to a different school.

The school said in a media statement that they had not received any proof of criminal actions – despite the boy’s father saying he had shown cellphone photographs of the incident to the school principal.

The statement released by the school claimed that media footage was incorrect and twisted and that players had wanted to play a prank on a fellow player.

The school said seven boys had been called before a disciplinary committee and had been “appropriately” punished.

       

 

Comments
  • Kala - 2012-05-13 09:13

    This article is so vague that it poses more questions than answers. Was the school boy raped as suggested in prior articles and the school just considers this act a prank? Or is the whole story from start to finish, just a prank?

      jajabutters - 2012-05-13 09:24

      Hows about the boy plays a 'prank' on the school by doing the same to the schools headmaster, the coach and the boys involved...wouldn't that be a lovely prank!

      Gieljam - 2012-05-13 10:33

      Prank is a misnomer ,if it was a hoax all including the papers must apologize for ill informed misled time wasted readers ...

      Squeegee - 2012-05-13 12:02

      The 'Prank" left him traumatized. That is abuse enough as far as I'm concerned.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-13 12:04

      Either the father or the Principal is lying as far as the photos are concerned. MMmm who has more to lose? The Principal methinks..

      Dax - 2012-05-13 12:50

      agreed. Edgemead needs to deal with this sort of behavior more harshly, and involve the relevant authorities should it even seems like this took place. one can't have school kids being defecated on, and being raped with bananas, broomsticks and god knows what else.

      mark.canthaylett - 2012-05-13 15:56

      This is in NO way a prank, the coach blatantly told the victim that he must "be a man" and stand up for himself and allowed the sexual assault to continue. The Headmaster and coach think they are a law unto themselves and that is why they are now calling it a "prank" which is total &*%$#! I hope there is a lawyer out there that will offer the victim and his parents some help to get justice as this should not have happened and should not be allowed to happen again.

      Bokfan - 2012-05-13 19:22

      If theparents lied defend the schools good name and sue the hell out of them. Then they must be charged criminally for their lies. If not nail the perps and let that be the end of it. I am just waiting for the racial aspect to emerge.

      Ec - 2012-05-14 07:36

      A prank? No matter what you call it. It was "real" for the child, even though it was a prank in the minds of the performers. Damage irreversable......

  • Andre - 2012-05-13 09:16

    It's a very sick society that calls disgusting acts like this a "prank"!

      kim.buren - 2012-05-13 09:44

      The next article the boys will say that it makes men out of you. To the boys, I hope you are not tried as juveniles and face the full wrath of the law you low lifes.

  • natasha.wolftonkin - 2012-05-13 09:18

    Prank or no prank, touching someone in a sexual way that is unwelcome is sexual assult

  • Vic - 2012-05-13 09:20

    Prank or no prank, it must have been humiliating and traumatic for the schoolboy. Those responsible should be expelled. I have no problem with initiation, but there are many other ways to initiate a team member.

      Sharon - 2012-05-13 10:33

      When I went to high school the worst we had to do was shine shoes and jive to "Hansie Slim" in front of the school during assembly. Sometimes something that seems a really good idea can go too far, especially when alcohol is involved. These boys should be held accountable, and the school should teach them that there are consequences to their actions - they are not doing it by denying that it ever happened.

  • Mark - 2012-05-13 09:20

    They were 'apropriately punished' - their bananas confiscated, or eaten.

      Sharon - 2012-05-13 10:49

      @ Mark - Surely they would not have eaten the evidence!

  • dave.elmore.5 - 2012-05-13 09:23

    Dear School Board Members. You are requested to assemble in the school hall at 9am tomorrow in front of the whole school. Then you will be subjected to the same "prank" as this boy. Let's see if you will still call it a prank afterwards

      Marion - 2012-05-13 09:40

      With a group of the local rugby players to perform this 'prank'.

  • Piet - 2012-05-13 09:23

    MOER that headmaster with sjambok and call that a prank.....

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-13 09:25

    The coach and principal clearly has very poor judgement and will hopfully held accountable. Those boys guilty of the sexual assault shoukd be held accountable as well. This is shocking - parents trust the school to keep children safe.

  • dekkeranton - 2012-05-13 09:26

    Any headmaster that wipes something like this under the carpet with a statement that it was just a prank should be dismissed with immediate effect. Such a person is not fit to work with children. The “appropriate” punishment for rape is imprisonment sir, not a stern reprimand! Edgemead High School and all that are associated with it, you are an insult to civilised society and should close down. This is obviously not an appropriate education institution.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 13:04

      The boys were drunk to top it all. This was not even in the media, but the boy himself told my son. The school is to blame. If not before, then after making such dismissive statements - the headmaster should be dismissed.

      Marina - 2012-05-14 18:37

      I say, suspend any school from further tounaments for the season, for any bad behaviour, on and off the field. That would ensure that these hooligans and their coaches conduct themselves in a civilised manner

  • Piet - 2012-05-13 09:26

    Appropriately punished for a prank ? Is this for real ? It's very NB that this \prank\ is solved asap as it seems that the family is not sharing this \joke\ on the same level !

  • kim.buren - 2012-05-13 09:27

    Being raped with a broomstick is no prank? Edgemead High headmaster sounds like a real tosser. There is no proof of criminal actions. Well sorry for you Mr Lawrence,but perhaps you should read up on the SA Schools Act and the Human Rights Act. Your days are numbered. Ever heard of Loco Parentis when children are in your care?

      Mark - 2012-05-13 09:33

      You forgot to mention the banana.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 13:06

      Actually there was apparently drunkenness involved too.

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-13 09:33

    I am sorry. Either this school is run by idiots who don't know what kind of effect this will have on these boys' lives or they have an absolute moron for a headmaster. Expel the boys who are guilty. Fire the coach who did nothing. Open a case of sexual assault and sue the hell out of them. That is exactly what I will do if it was my son. THIS is how rapists and wife-beating bullies are bred!!

      Rachel - 2012-05-13 09:46

      Don't comment on something u know nothing about! I will not stand for this. I am telling the truth now. I went to this school my brother goes to this school and I know the captain of the team including team mates that were involved. The comment said by the coach regarding \stand up for urself\ was said in the light of the hair shaving incident and NOT the allerged rape!! Do u not know how the media twist stories to make it interesting??? They take comments out of context all the time! It was a joke. There was no physical entry of any object what so ever. Only a photo that IMPLIED it! Boys play pranks like this the all time. The boy was passed out from alcohol. The father doesn't mention that to the media now does he. He went to another school because edgemead was going to expell him for underage drinking and drinking on a school trip! Not because he was traumatised. How can people be so stupid to believe everything the media says! They are just as bad as gossip celebrity magazines!

      Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-13 09:48

      Rachel. Prove it.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-13 09:50

      @Rachel - so no rape occured, didn't know you were there, congratulations on being an accessory to sexual assault and the making of child pornography.

      Mark - 2012-05-13 09:56

      But then again there is no 'proof' of either rape or no rape. This still needs to be properly investigated by the SAPS.

      Mark - 2012-05-13 10:20

      I take it from the 'thumbs down' you people prefer mob justice. Which is also illegal, so you are no better than rapists.

      Rachel - 2012-05-13 10:46

      @michael. Don't u dare accuse me of something so bad! If there was physical evidence of rape I would never support it as u are accusing me of.

      James McCarthy - 2012-05-13 11:01

      I also think there is more than one side of this story. My son have been acused of a lot of things in the past just to be proven not guilty. Only after investigation by my self and the school principal. If he was raped like he claimed i think the law should handel it and not the school. The last thing i want to mention is that some parents would beliefe any story their children tell them. In afr there is a saying gehoorsame ouers en streng kinders.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-13 11:02

      I saw a pic in FHM magazine were a passed out buddy had his pants pulled down and a lit candle placed between his butt cheeks - one pic of many. Children learn by example, the media, and movies. However disgusting, we cannot ignore that there are hundreds of movies depicting pranks, and that children love watching them and find them entertaining. No surprise then, if they act on what they see.

      Rachel - 2012-05-13 11:04

      @michael. Don't u dare accuse me of something so bad! If there was physical evidence of rape I would never support it as u are accusing me of.

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-13 11:41

      @Rachel, So because you went to Edgemead High and your brother goes there, you know exactly what happened and the rest of SA doesn't? Even if the picture was "posed" with the drunken boy, I feel that this is still sexual assault. Some "prank".

      Merven - 2012-05-14 07:18

      @michael.a.devilliers And you were there? Why don't the dad give the photos to the police? It is the most logic and obvious thing to do.

      Repline - 2012-05-14 09:51

      @ Rachel, i wonder seeing as your so informed. Lets turn the tables, how about I give you some alcohol wait until you pass out, undress you and then go and lie on top of you. I wonder would the same logic still apply - or will you now also be calling me a rapist/disgusting/monster... it was afterall just a prank.

  • Adrian - 2012-05-13 09:34

    I think the problem lies in the usage of the word 'rape'. I think that the school means that the 7 young men thought that it would be very funny to do what they did and that what they did did not entail any sexual gratification. The problem is that the victim complained to the coach and the coach did nothing other than tell him to be a man and stand up for himself. As far as I am concerned the coach should be fired and the perpetrators should be expelled. My duagter is going to highschool next year and Edgemead is practically the closest. I will NOT send my child to a school that has no regard for the wellbeing of the individual and has the audacity to quietly write an event like this off as a prank. It is frightning to think that the 'responsible adult' on a school outing just shrugged off the fears and complaints of the victim.

      Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-13 09:40

      There is a fine line between Rugby initiations, which I am sure many a man in the country has gone through, and brutality and violation of a minor's body. The fact is - there is a bad apple amongst this lot that initiated this. And now the school is protecting him/them. Bulls%@*!! This boys' parents must take them and this school to the cleaners.

      Adil Smit - 2012-05-13 09:40

      You are right - you don't really want your child in an environment where what is legally classified as sexual assault is not taken seriously and where " responsible " adults allow it and where there are no consequences to such an act. Incredible that the principal makes no mention to how the victim must feel. You can't brush these things aside - the Catholic church dealt with priests sexually abusing boys by moving the priests elsewhere and left the boys worse off.

      Rachel - 2012-05-13 09:44

      I will not stand for this. I am telling the truth now. I went to this school my brother goes to this school and I know the captain of the team including team mates that were involved. The comment said by the coach regarding \stand up for urself\ was said in the light of the hair shaving incident and NOT the allerged rape!! Do u not know how the media twist stories to make it interesting??? They take comments out of context all the time! It was a joke. There was no physical entry of any object what so ever. Only a photo that IMPLIED it! Boys play pranks like this the all time. The boy was passed out from alcohol. The father doesn't mention that to the media now does he. He went to another school because edgemead was going to expell him for underage drinking and drinking on a school trip! Not because he was traumatised. How can people be so stupid to believe everything the media says! They are just as bad as gossip celebrity magazines!

      Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-13 09:46

      Rachel. Prove it.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-13 09:50

      @Rachel - so no rape occured, didn't know you were there, congratulations on being an accessory to sexual assault and the making of child pornography.

      Tallica7 - 2012-05-13 09:59

      Rachel read all the articles the coach accused all of them if drinking and he knew it so essentially this means that these criminals would not have been but the boy who was allegedly raped would of been expelled? Sounds like a wealth of family covering for thier children and the principal protecting funding! None the less this country has a problem with rape and these lax attitudes by those who are meant to be responsible and looked up to are the problem!

      Marion - 2012-05-13 10:00

      @Adrian - 'Be a man' is what the coach is reported to have said... guess that means take anything they throw at you as a man, including any kind of assault even if there was no actual penetration. This headmaster should be apologizing to the parents and the outraged public instead of defending the indefensible.

      kim.buren - 2012-05-13 10:11

      Would not surprise me if Rachel's brother was one of the low lifes. Another point, Boys DO NOT play these pranks all the time. Why generalise?

      Adrian - 2012-05-13 10:14

      Rachel, look, all we've got to go on are the media reports. I am not on a witchhunt. I think that it is far more important that the truth comes out than getting 'revenge'. Please ask somebody to post a comment herem they don't have to give their name, and tell us exactly what happened. You see, there are a couple of things regarding this incident that don't make sense, when he complained to the coach and was tol to be a man he wasn't 'drunk', hocome he phoned his mom, was it before or after the incident, who took the photographs and why were the photographs distributed, why are the 7 rugby players stll at school - don't you think that other kids would think that they got away with it. Look at it from my perspective, I want my daughter to be safe and I want the assurance that if she were to complain that action would be taken. I know that kids get up to all sorts of things, the problem is that it is ultimately the responsibility of the school to guarantee their safety when they are in the hands of the teachers.

      Rachel - 2012-05-13 10:42

      @sidney proved that it happened. Yes all you people have is media reports while people at the school and who live in edgemead and who atcually have the story correct have heard the whole rugby team speak including the \victim\ including the principal and the coach.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-13 10:48

      @Rachel - entry of the object or not it's still sexual assault - anything done against your will is by nature assault - and the fact that photo(s) were taken to imply something else is even more disgusting. The school CANNOT defend the indefensible.

      fanie.smit.5 - 2012-05-13 13:34

      So all the other were also drunk and should have been expelled!

      Merven - 2012-05-14 07:25

      @michael.a.devilliers I think that is Rachel's point. Is there any proof of entry/rape except for the kids word? No one will be such an idiot to delete the photos (you do realise that if the dad had the photos and deleted it, he can be charged with tampering with evidence?), so why don't the dad show it to the police and all the proof will be supplied that is needed? The dad is not helping his son's case.

      Ernestine - 2012-05-14 12:24

      I'm looking at Curro. Apparently they're fantastic.

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-14 18:49

      Adrian, I believe yours is one of the sanest responses here. The coach was in loco parentis of ALL these boys on an away trip. Rugby should in my opinion be renamed thugby. If he was aware of the fact that alcohol was being consumed by underage boys even just one of them then that boy should have been removed with the alcohol to a police station and had his blood alcohol level tested. Rachel has alleged that he was a known drinker and about to be expelled anyway, what better way to win the sympathy of everyone than to do just as he did possibly at the expense of a better representative player and the rest of the team played along because of all the current news of teen rape etc. If the "victim" is telling the truth it still remains the responsibility of the coach who should be removed from his position asap and never ever be placed in charge of young adults again. In effect he is the culprit here because he did not exercise his duty as a coach in ensuring that none of these boys were drinking or engaging in pranks of a sexually depraved manner. He was an accomplice to the demeaning and humiliating experience of a boy who may well have been forced to drink the alcohol and then violated on film by other inebriated teens. The press feed on stories of this nature and this headmaster could send out a very strong message that inappropriate sexual behaviour is WRONG and not a "Joke" or "manly" by expelling all those involved.There is a strong need to get this across to all "males"!

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-14 19:14

      Rachel, you may well believe what these boys have told you and it is possible that the principal had prior knowledge that this boy was about to be expelled because he had a drinking problem. It seems odd that a boy about to be expelled would be representing the school at an away venue and why was his history not immediately made public by the principal? We as a gender need to support the harshest punishment and message being meted out here purely to get across to anyone who imagines that sexual violence/aberration /playacting/braggadaccio is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. Perhaps expulsion of the characters in this instance may seem over harsh to you but the time has come to take a stand against sexual acts of any form being part of making someone into a man. Rape is an act of violence and power and is NOT FUNNY. There appears to be an idea that playing at it even without any malicious intent is funny. That needs to be completely eradicated and a return to respect the rights to dignity of every person in our country be they male or female adult or child or differently abled in anyway.It is called MORAL FIBRE and CHARACTER and requires a sense of RESPONSIBILITY.

  • natasha.wolftonkin - 2012-05-13 09:39

    I think this is a sick society we live in, where people will defend something like this.. No wonder people don't want to report being raped... I also think its sick that someone has to always bring race into these issues, its got nothing to do with skin colour!!!!

      Merven - 2012-05-14 07:28

      No one is defending it, but there must be proof. It can be very dangerous to jump to conclusions, remember last week when an innocent man was stoned to death because the women of the township jumped to conclusions?

  • erneyb - 2012-05-13 09:41

    Don't believe everything you read in the media or what the so called "raped" boy's story is. This story, like most others, have seven or more sides and inbetween the various versions lies the truth, which might never completely been exposed. Synical me !

      natasha.wolftonkin - 2012-05-13 09:43

      Cynical perhaps!! Some people I agree use rape to loosly.. But if it was your kid would you doubt their story?

      Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-13 09:44

      Erney. Send me your address and I'll come shove a broom up your #*s. You can fill the media in on the circumstantial evidence later. We will see what they report. Idiot.

      Mark - 2012-05-13 09:58

      Natasha, I would doubt the story without proof. But I know what you mean because I am a father as well, and even without proof the story itself will motivate me to not have my kids in that school - because unless it is proven as a false accusation, the smoke is still there.

      Merven - 2012-05-14 07:33

      Sidney, you're the only idiot around, supply proof of the broom up the @rse and I'll support the case against the school. But until then, there is only speculations. That bring to mind, if there where a broom up the @rse, there could've been internal damages to the colon, so why didn't the dad took the child to the hospital, and why didn't the doctors take photos of the evidence or informed the police? @Natasha, look at it from the other perspective, what if someone accuse your child of rape, who would you believe then?

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-14 20:01

      @ Natasha. I would always give my child all the support he has earned and deserved and would certainly not run to the press with the story in an attempt to resolve it. The rational thing as a parent would have been to demand a private meeting with the principal with all involved parties including especially the coach and have an independent observer as well in order to get the truth. Under that sort of scenario the children may well be forced to tell the whole truth and the situation dealt with without the entire world being party to where guilt and innocence lay.

  • Diana - 2012-05-13 09:49

    To me looks like the way our justice works is no more than a prank itself.

  • rolfjurgenhansen - 2012-05-13 10:07

    play a prank on the headmaster and coach by sticking bannanas up their asses in front of this school during assembly, get everyone to take pics and movies and post it on social media... then we see how "harmless" the act is and makes them feel. Innitiation is one thing, we all went through it - sexual misconduct is a total different matter.

  • Johan - 2012-05-13 10:10

    How can a simulated rape be a prank. The school obviously thought the matter was serious enough to punish the pupils. Too much freedom and not enough disciple at schools these days.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-05-13 10:10

    As a parent whose children attended Edgemead high , I consider the handling of this situation by the principal as totally amaturish , showing no sympathy fot the traumatised pupil . Are the boys connected .dicipline is flying out of the window .

      Squeegee - 2012-05-13 17:49

      Daniel, your comment is one of the more sensible here. There are many issues here and the one that jumps out is the way the school has handled this. The way the coach handled bullying (even though it was prior to the sexual assault) speaks volumes about the attitude at this school. If our children are not safe at school what must parents do? I see a new headmaster soon...

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-14 20:15

      I honestly don't see how discipline is entirely the responsibility of the teaching staff at a school. Discipline and values start at birth in the home. Children live what they soak up in their environment and are at their most vulnerable before reaching school. Imagine 900 children at a school and the ratio of teachers to pupils is as low as 30 to one. How many teachers would you need to ensure that the bullying and hazing etc that happens in that school during breaktimes does not take place? What sort of fathers do these boys have that allow them to believe that violence is a solution to any issue?

  • Shane - 2012-05-13 10:13

    This reporting of the incident is ridiculous. The "prank" was what the boys pulled on the so called victim who was the one that bought the alcohol that led to him being paraletic drunk in the first place. The press says nothing about this! Secondly the "prank" is a commonplace to pull on passed out people when you either draw silly things on them or balance items on them or place them in a funny compromising position (like a banana in the back of their pants) and post it on the Internet as a laugh. The sad thing is when a parent who does not reprimand his boy for buying alcohol in the first place or for getting drunk rather lashes out and blames everybody else! and on top of it screws up the childs future by shouting "rape to get publicity" really bad parenting. The boy was not raped. The coach had nothing to do with events that evening as one of the boys spoke to the boys father when he phones and all of this happened after initiation had taken place place early in the evening before the so called victum had gobe out abd bought the alcohol. Pure sensationalism

      Adrian - 2012-05-13 10:31

      It's good to get to see the other side of this, like I said before, all we've got to go on are the reports in the media.

      Princess - 2012-05-13 10:32

      @Shane - are the facts made in your comment true? If so, do you know why they have been excluded throughout all the media reports? Because if that is the case then the truth should be told to the public and I will gladly retract my comments in the past

      Marion - 2012-05-13 10:36

      @Princess - so will I.

      Diana - 2012-05-13 13:56

      @Shane, Princess: your statements make a lot of sense, guys. But unfortunately we all are very emotional creatures and are very fast to buy bad news.Myself is not an exception at all, if the story turns to be much different from the original report am not scared to say sorry for my previous posts.

      Tallica7 - 2012-05-13 14:02

      So why has the school taken no action against the media to defend its good name? Where there is smoke there is fire!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-13 17:52

      Look at today's reports. The photos taken that night show the boys drinking in the presence of adults. The headmaster would rather deal with one parent than take on the group of first team parents.

      Merven - 2012-05-14 07:39

      'If so, do you know why they have been excluded throughout all the media reports?' That is where you are mistaken, there are very few facts thus far, only the kids versions. Facts will be footage of some sort or eyewitnesses. I for one can't believe that if it happened, that NO ONE would testify for the kid.

  • Full - 2012-05-13 10:28

    I would like to think that these were probably a bunch of boys on a rugby camp getting up to the shenanigans that boys that age do. The boys probably chased the victim with a 'broom and banana' pretending that they were going to 'rape' him. The victim was undoubtedly humiliated and exaggerated the story to get revenge on the other boys. Without any clear evidence will we ever know? The parents say they have cellphone photos of the incident - but what exactly do these photos show and prove? The parents also say they didn't bother to get a medical examiners report because 'they were told the photos are enough' - I don't buy this for a second, what kind of parent doesn't get their child examined after something like this? I have 2 sons and it would be the first thing I do. More so than to prove that the boy was actually physically raped or not, but to check for STD's and AIDS etc. Too many questions here, doesn't feel like the media knows or is telling us all sides of the story. I can understand the school's elusiveness on commenting as they are controlled by the WCED and probably can only respond as the Department tells them to. However, if this incident did actually happen to the extent the media is telling us then all parties involved should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And if it is all exaggerated on the part of the victim, then he and his parents should be appropriately prosecuted.

      Chris - 2012-05-13 22:09

      Hahahaha! You would have your boys checked for STD's and HIV from a banana and broomstick?? I pity your two sons. Good thing they are not girls, who knows what may cause them to fall pregnant. Sensible comment? Think not!

      Merven - 2012-05-14 07:45

      @Chris, no Chris, I feel sorry for your kids, if the rape with broomstick etc really happened, how do you know the kid wasn't raped by the other boys also? You sound like the type of person, that if your daughter is found passed out somewhere, you'll just assume that nothing happened.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 13:14

      @Stephan... How many 16yr olds make the 1st team squad. He was the junior newby that was a victim - either way you look at it. Why else would a kid with that much promise leave to go to another school? Do you know how few kids get to play 1st team for 3 years? There's no way he would leave if he was not a victim. The Headmaster and coach are fully responsible for the abuse and the drinking involved.

  • kruger.kemp - 2012-05-13 10:31

    Id like to stick a broom stick up the coach and headmasters ass and see if they still think its a "prank"

  • Abdul - 2012-05-13 10:49

    Mr Headmaster.....I'll arrange for BIG BOYS to play a prank like this on YOU.....How about investiagting first, then calling it a prank.

  • Marion - 2012-05-13 10:50

    For me this is the appropriate way for a school to respond to allegations of 'pranks'. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Mock-rape-School-acts-against-bullies-20120221 not this: http://edgemeadhigh.org.za/downloads/2012/circulars/EHS-MediaRelease-11May12.pdf

  • sandra.patersonmason - 2012-05-13 11:00

    What is it with you people that you cannot understand! The school is not saying that the "rape was a prank", they are saying that NO RAPE TOOK PLACE and that the incident was merely a prank.

      Marion - 2012-05-13 11:11

      @sandra - whether they actually penetrated him with foreign objects or not he was not a willing participant - particularly as it is said that he was passed out - and that, in itself, is an assault on him in my opinion.

      Adil Smit - 2012-05-13 11:36

      Well, the school's the only one calling such behaviour a prank.

      mark.canthaylett - 2012-05-13 15:47

      All you people do not know what the hell you are taking about this did take place and the wheel does turn I just hope that one day the same will happen to them so that they will know how they have scared the poor kid for the rest of his life. as for the scool principal and the couch you should be carged for this as well.

      Merven - 2012-05-14 07:51

      That is the point Marion. Up to now, there's been no proof of anything except the drinking, surely this kid must've had friends that could testify. Any way, again, why didn't the dad just show the photos or any proof of the things that happened? If he had the injuries on camera: 1. why didn't he take his son to the hospital? 2. why don't he have it any more, and if he got it, why is he not giving it to the police and or his laywer? That it happened is a possibility, but the courts don't judge on possibilities, only on facts given by hard evidence.

  • Full - 2012-05-13 11:24

    It's embarrasing how much of our society is willing to take a news24 article as 100% factual and base their judgement solely on it. You need to question everything you read - and look for the holes in everything the media publishes.

  • nhla.prv - 2012-05-13 11:26

    Playing a rape "prank" is sickening..its breeding potential future rapists.Dissappointed at the school's handling of this.They should stem out such immoral acts.

      Marion - 2012-05-13 12:06

      @Stephan - Why single out the fact that he was drunk? It seems the boys who committed the 'prank' were drunk too: "During the tour a small number of pupils, despite being specifically warned by the Sports’ Administrator Brandon Grant not to be involved in any way with alcohol, purchased and consumed alcohol and became inebriated/intoxicated. In the early hours of Sunday morning (18 March) certain of those pupils took it upon themselves to prank a fellow pupil."

  • Isabel - 2012-05-13 11:43

    What is the school hiding..If it did not happened, why "APPROPRIATELY PUNISHED 7 BOYS" RAPE IS RAPE....

  • Sematla - 2012-05-13 11:50

    The western cape department of health should do a follow up on the incident. Abused victims will always claim that nothing happened for what ever reason known to them/ pressure from the school for fearing closure. They should never leave this thing lying, the boy will be affected by this in the future and might turn to be the abuser himself.

  • japie.rootman - 2012-05-13 11:51

    Why not expel all the boys and wait for the end results because now everybody is going on about that..!! I don't correct it in anyway..!! I think it is sick and demeaning..!! But expell the boys..!! That is a punishment for that..!! And if all the boys were drunk why just want to expell the \victom\..!! Expell all the boys

  • Frans - 2012-05-13 11:55

    The Springboks had 'Kamp Staaldraad' - Edgemead High decided to have 'Kamp Besemstok'

      Adrian - 2012-05-13 14:41

      Good one.

  • willie.pietersen - 2012-05-13 11:58

    sick prank----disgusting

  • Craig - 2012-05-13 12:00

    This story is a load of crok - they don't even play rugby at Edgemead!!!!!

      Marion - 2012-05-13 12:26

      @Craig - a simple visit to their website will show you that they do, indeed, play rugby at Edgemead. Also, if they don't play rugby why did they issue a statement on that website regarding this incident in which they refer to rugby?

      Tamaryn - 2012-05-14 16:33

      They only started playing rugby around 2004.

  • calvyn.greyling - 2012-05-13 12:28

    Reckon if you pull a prank like that on me I'll kill you

      Michelle - 2012-05-14 07:37

      Thats if you're not passed out!

  • antonliebetrau - 2012-05-13 12:39

    When i was in Standard 6, in 1995, i was in a boarding school, Franschhoek High school, and i know all too well of these type of initiations that make the little 18year old matric boys feel like they're remotely big men, by degrading the younger ones. It seems initiating younger ones in a time that they themselves are insecure of their own future, being in matric, and leaving for the real world the following year, makes them feel better about themselves. Its absolute nonsense though. Besides all the standard sixes having to parade naked in the passages, polish the passage tiles with soap bars, and then slide down on our bums, for the matrics' entertainment, aswell as me having had to wipe my "sot-masters" ass after he went to the loo, (Brandon), and greet another matrics penis with a cigarette and glasses balancing on it (Arno)during "landing meetings". The things they get away with is atrocious.

  • Honjiswa - 2012-05-13 12:41

    Rape or prank, this should not be allowed in our schools!

      Harold - 2012-05-14 09:09

      So pranks are not allowed either? What can these children do that will please you. Blame news 24 and all the stupid media people of the gutter press for not investigating and reporting correctly. This comes from laziness on the part of the press.

  • Linette Myburgh - 2012-05-13 13:00

    So just to clarify: inserting a banana and then a broom into a boy's rectum is now regarded as i 'prank'?! This is absolutely disgusting! And we want to call ourselves civilized...How appropriately can a school deal with a situation like that?? Criminal charges need be laid!

      Mark - 2012-05-13 13:26

      Where do you read they inserted anything into his rectum? That is just speculation. I can speculate that you spank your rabbit daily just before breakfast - doesn't make it true, does it?

      Harold - 2012-05-14 09:15

      Lynette Please tell me where I can also find this factual information about the broomstick and the banana or did you find this written on the back of a fish and chip wrapper

  • Billy - 2012-05-13 13:10

    told u so....

  • fanie.smit.5 - 2012-05-13 13:30

    What a sisk Headmaster and teachers. If this is seen as a prank as they have now admitted and appropriate action, ( what ever they mean by that)was taken. This means there was a incident and that it was sick in any form it took. But then you must understand that 80% of theachers are either stupid or are bully's themselves. Most teachers are in their minds still children.

  • melanie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-05-13 13:56

    Rape in any form is no prank. The fact that the school dismisses this incident as prank is distgusting to say the least! I would sue the school principle and all the children involved!!

  • mark.canthaylett - 2012-05-13 15:09

    This is in NO way a prank, the coach blatantly told the victim that he must "be a man" and stand up for himself and allowed the sexual assault to continue. The Headmaster and coach think they are a law unto themselves and that is why they are now calling it a "prank" which is total &*%$#! I hope there is a lawyer out there that will offer the victim and his parents some help to get justice as this should not have happened and should not be allowed to happen again.

  • acsteyn - 2012-05-13 15:38

    You know. The newspapers should ignore this rubbish. Prank or no prank, clearly the seriouseness of such an allegation potential harm and embarrassment caused completely escapes the masterminds of this "prank". I wonder what they expect now? A big sig of releif or Jees they caught me with that one. What a bunch of chld-like buffoons.

  • mark.canthaylett - 2012-05-13 15:56

    This is in NO way a prank, the coach blatantly told the victim that he must "be a man" and stand up for himself and allowed the sexual assault to continue. The Headmaster and coach think they are a law unto themselves and that is why they are now calling it a "prank" which is total &*%$#! I hope there is a lawyer out there that will offer the victim and his parents some help to get justice as this should not have happened and should not be allowed to happen again.

      Michelle - 2012-05-14 07:40

      Mark, did the master not tell him to "be a man" when he approached him about them wanting to shave his head? I did not read anywhere that he went to the master and said they want to rape me and the master said "be a man" - show me where I missed that.

  • Rob - 2012-05-13 18:52

    WTF. When did this happen and presumably a 'Criminal case' has been opened? Photographs = documentary evidence... How long after the alleged incident was the student moved to another School - this can not happen overnight... As already reported we are left with more 'questions than answers'.... Of course the Headmaster would try his level best to denthe incident. Seven boys punished - punished for what - a 'prank' - I doubt it...And what was the punishment. They should have all been suspended until this matter is finalised... Is this another Free State episode where female staff members made to eat food that had 'allegedly' been urinated on... If this is the quality of our 'future' leaders, God help us... (of course innocent until proved guilty).....

  • Rice - 2012-05-13 19:15

    sounds like peddling hysteria. there are a paucity of facts. there is no mention of a post incident medical examiners report. sounds like the boy was drunk and looking to deflect attention from his being drunk. everything else is postulation and speculation. this kind of reporting is an insult to journalism. my thoughts are that the alleged victim and his parents have made some pretty libellious statements in the absence of fact. the alleged victim should be nick named teflon man and his parents should realise they are setting a bad example by ignoring the facts or lack thereof. the journos need to go back to journo school.

      Michelle - 2012-05-14 07:42

      a case that springs to mind is the kid @ Paarl who said he was attached in the dorm and had to have a testicle removed... what transpired in the end was that he had snuck out and gone clubbing and got donnered by a bouncer... never heard the final outcome on that one and hell Paarl got a bashing on News24 blogs with staff members being named, etc.

  • Arthur - 2012-05-13 22:17

    Poor journalism, that's all I can say.

  • Carry - 2012-05-14 06:02

    WHAT WAS THIS ALL ABOUT?

  • Deana - 2012-05-14 07:42

    \Punished appropriately\- wtf- pull a prank on them by raping them with a broomstick! Sick, twisted monsters!

  • janet.mendes1 - 2012-05-14 07:48

    I have a child at the school. The school always seems to make headlines with inappropriate behaviour. Previously the male teacher who used derogatory terms at a female student, the scissor stabbling incident and now this. Does the rot not set in at the top and filter down??? The school ALWAYS protects their staff. The gentleman who displayed inappropriate behaviour with the female student is still on their staff, after having "counselling" My mind wonders ....

  • Eric - 2012-05-14 08:02

    If this was a Prank like the News 24 states the News 24 has to take the brunt as they published the piece. So, the truth on this story has to come out. If Rape took place then Disciplinary action has to take place that this does not occur again. If News 24 Published incorrect information then they have to be brought to book. If the Principal ignored the Photos he has to be brought to book. So I plead with the School Authorities to fleck this open so that the full truth comes out