Teacher traumatised by abusive pupils

2013-03-05 11:33

A Cape Town teacher has been traumatised by a spate of attacks on her by pupils at Crestway High School.

Sharidene Meyer (26) told The Cape Argus she had been subjected to physical and verbal abuse.

A few weeks ago, she was reportedly assaulted by a pupil who came into the classroom and grabbed and twisted her arm. Another pupil made inappropriate and offensive comments about her breasts.

She decided to go to the police station in Steenberg and lay charges of assault and crimen injuria.

Last Wednesday, the situation reached boiling point when a pupil set her hair alight, she told the newspaper.

She said she had been writing on the board during a Grade 8 history class when a pupil came up behind her and set her hair on fire with a lighter.

She told The Cape Argus she had styled her hair in a “wet look” that day and was lucky to escape without too much damage.

She had since taken leave, citing depression, and had decided not to return.

According to the newspaper, Captain Frederick van Wyk said both cases were still under investigation.

It reported that Bronagh Casey, spokeswoman for education MEC Donald Grant, said a pupil had been temporarily suspended from the school and was to appear at a disciplinary hearing later today.

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