Child sodomised by classmate

2007-12-05 00:00

A six-year-old Pietermaritzburg pupil is afraid to go back to school next year after he was allegedly sodomised at school, had a pair of scissors held to his neck and was pushed down the stairs by schoolmates, resulting in an injury to his head.

The six-year-old boy, who attends Northern Park Primary, was sodomised by his classmate in the school toilets early one morning in July.

His mother alleged that the school principal made no effort to sort the matter out. “The principal only said he was sorry that this had happened to my child. He failed to contact the aggressor’s parents,” she said.

She said because her son felt intimidated by the boy’s presence in class, she asked the principal to move the offender to another classroom.

She said the principal said this could not be done because the culprit would victimise other children.

“So it’s alright if he victimises mine. My child had to take ARVs for a month and had to go for an HIV/Aids test after three months. All these things traumatised him because he kept asking why the doctors are drawing blood from him,” she said.

In November, the boy was threatened with a pair of scissors by a schoolmate, who held the scissors to his neck.

The teacher in charge of aftercare intervened immediately and brought the two boys to the office.

The six-year-old’s mother said she was not contacted by the school regarding the incident. “I heard from my son in the afternoon that he was almost stabbed with scissors at school. I inquired at the school about the incident and they wrote a letter of apology. I have to be worried because nowadays children die at schools because of stabbing,” she said.

On a third occasion, the boy was allegedly pushed down the stairs by another pupil and injured his head.

His mother appealed to the KZN Education Department to find him a new school.

KZN Education spokeswoman Christi Naudé said officials have been sent to the school to investigate the allegations. “The incidents raised by The Witness were broadly confirmed, but differ in respect of the manner in which these were managed. The principal advises that the learner in question is a lively child who presents a number of challenges in terms of behaviour,” she said.

Naudé said the department’s psychological services have been working with both children and guiding the school in handling the matter. The Child Protection Unit have also been consulted.

She said the department will assist in finding a new school for the boy.

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