Top Joburg school expels boy, 3
Johannesburg - A 3-year-old boy was expelled from Crawford College in
Sandton, Johannesburg, three days after being accepted at the school, according
to a report on Friday.
The boy's mother claimed she was told during a parent/teacher meeting at the
college's pre-primary school that her son was disruptive, could not sit still
during story-telling and was not suited to the school, The Star newspaper
"The teacher said Joshua [not his real name] is extremely busy and
disruptive... She [the teacher] said she thinks he has ADHD [attention deficit
hyper-activity disorder] and that I should put him on Ritalin.
"She said he takes too much of her attention and it's no wonder I don't
want to have more children," the mother told the newspaper.
Crawford's managing director Jaco Lotz denied the school had expelled the
Lotz said the boy had been "withdrawn voluntarily by his mother, who
acted on a recommendation from a psychologist".
"After receiving complaints from parents of other children in
[Joshua's] class, his teacher addressed her concerns to his mother. At no point
did the teacher recommend that Joshua be placed on Ritalin or any other
medication," Lotz told the newspaper.