Assault: School beefs up security

2010-02-25 00:00

ADDITIONAL security guards and more CCTV cameras are some of the measures the school governing body (SGB) at Raisethorpe Secon­dary is considering, following an assault on a 14-year-old girl at the school on Monday.

The grade nine pupil was allegedly beaten up by a classmate, who is also 14 and is the daughter of a police captain, and four women who police confirmed to be in their 30s.

It is alleged the captain’s wife went to the school earlier that day to complain about pupils allegedly troubling her daughter. The pupils had been blamed for her daughter bunking school.

The principal promised to investigate and requested names.

The assaulted girl was called to see the principal after school and was later attacked.

While the police said five people were charged, including the captain’s daughter, witnesses claim that a total of six adults took part in the assault.

The Witness yesterday received calls from irate parents who vowed not to allow the case to be treated lightly simply because the accused are related to a police officer.

“I think that as parents we need to be present in court because we can’t allow these women to be let off lightly,” said one parent, who asked to remain anonymous.

“You should have seen them. Their mannerisms and the way they walked. It is as if they called the shots. There are enough witnesses. We can’t sit back and do nothing.”

According to witnesses, the assaulted girl was cornered at a side gate of the school in Cyprus Way.

A mother who lives close to the school said that once the assaulted pupil was escorted to safety, the women jumped into two separate cars and drove towards the main entrance where they continued to harass other pupils.

“They were vicious and vulgar. I have never seen anything like it. They were hitting anyone who got in their way. If they thought you laughed or looked at them funny you got attacked.”

This parent claims her husband had to stand between one of the attackers and another child.

The women were apparently hitting even teachers who tried to intervene.

SGB chair Dev Naidoo voiced his disappointment that any parent would engage in behaviour that he said can be “aptly” described as barbaric hooliganism.

He said the SGB and the school management team are conducting internal investigations.

“Safety and security of our learners is paramount and we are appealing to all parents not to be alarmed.”

Naidoo said a decision whether to close the side gate permanently will be raised at an urgent meeting with parents this evening.

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