Teacher 'watched boys fight'
Riaan Marais and Anri Hendriks
Port Elizabeth – A shocking cellphone video shows how two schoolboys from the Bergsig Special School in Uitenhage fight while their teacher only watches.
It was reported earlier that a boy from this school was admitted to hospital on January 23 after he was hit over the head with a pipe by one of his classmates.
A fellow pupil took a video of the events that led to the assault.
One of boys’ legal representative said the video footage showed that the two boys fought viciously before the attack. He said the most shocking part was, however, how the teacher simply stood and watched as the two pupils fought in the workshop.
At one stage the boys were chased out of the classroom but then the teacher continued to watch the fight. There was no attempt to stop them fighting.
A charge of assault has been laid with the police.
Both boys were suspended pending the outcome of the school’s investigation.
The provincial department of education was also investigating the incident.
Bergsig principal Deon Wolmarans did not want to comment on the incident or on the video.
He simply said the school had launched its own internal investigation.