Boy viciously attacked by Grade 1s

2012-09-05 09:38

Durban - A group of Grade 1 pupils assaulted a 7-year-old classmate so severely that he might not be able to walk properly again.

The group of six pupils aged between 6 and 8 viciously kicked and punched the boy in front of other children at Qedizaba Primary School in Newcastle, reported the TimesLive.

A teacher had asked the boy to report noisemakers in class when the teacher left the room and when the boy did so, the boys he had named responded by attacking him.

The boy sustained possible injuries to his liver and kidneys as well as possible spinal injuries.

The boy’s grandmother was distraught, saying: "I'm in so much pain. I cry day and night after what happened to him. My grandson might never be able to walk properly again because of the assault," she said.

She said teachers had persuaded her to try to resolve things "amicably" with the parents of the attackers but she still believes that the assailants should be punished.

The school principal said he was looking into the matter.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-05 09:43

    There's something wrong in our society...

      Spiral - 2012-09-05 10:39

      you can tell a lot about parents by watching how their kids act!

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-09-05 11:03

      Anyone can make children, but it takes responsibility to raise them.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-05 12:55

      Some of the grade 1 pupils have kids in a higher grade than them.

      amanda.vandenberg.758 - 2012-09-05 14:32

      And I suppose nothing will happen to these dear little darlings, not get expelled, taken to task or anything. If I were the parents of the injured child, I would hold the parents of the attackers responsible for any costs now and in the future. Absolutely shocking and sad !!!

      nicholas.graan - 2012-09-05 15:00

      Pretty dumb of the teacher to ask someone who probably doesn't understand to rat on his class mates. The fact that they responded the way they did is another story.

      waldo.adams.5 - 2012-09-05 15:53

      @ amanda: And no corporeal punishment to enforce the wrongness of their actions.

      Joubs1957 - 2012-09-05 16:57

      @ Spiral - and you can tell a lot about kids by watching how their parents act too!?

      Vince.York - 2012-09-05 18:39

      they caught on to learning the new official violent language and thought process "ugugh ugu UUGGUUHH" very early in life. Must be a contagion from nearby nkandla.

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-05 21:23

      We must sign them up for EFC

      cloete.wyk - 2012-09-06 02:47

      Bring God back into the school system and into the homes of these kids.

      mattewis.kat - 2012-09-06 08:06

      "Our society?" Definitely not my society, Charles! Of that I can most certainly assure you!

      Hamrammr - 2012-09-06 08:40

      It is not your God that is needed in schools, what is needed is discipline and the right to give these miscreants a good hiding!

      mfrater - 2012-09-06 17:15

      Qedizaba Primary School - nuff said

  • hamish.drake1 - 2012-09-05 09:44

    Lord of the Flies, anyone?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-05 10:06


      cheslyn.francis - 2012-09-05 14:05

      What piggies.....and we not even on an island!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-09-05 17:45

      @Hamish some of the kids on school these days won't know what you meant... Which leave us where we are today...

  • mdakasa - 2012-09-05 09:45

    we are a violent country,even kids are acting this way,so sad

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-05 09:49

      But why?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 09:56

      So where are they learning to be like this?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-05 09:57

      Grade 1 though?

      Jason - 2012-09-05 10:01

      Bring back corporal punishment and Wednesday Cadet day in schools.

      Spiral - 2012-09-05 10:46

      Correction, the country isnt violent. The people are. If you act like hooligans in front of your kids, dont be surprised to see them acting like you after long.

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-05 10:54

      Spiral that just a technical comment. Fact is parenting lacks a 'hands on approach'

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-05 11:00

      Each one teach one

      iceberg.standard - 2012-09-05 13:23

      @Charles and Koos. I've been interested in the same question and have subsequently found some interesting books on the subject. Alice Miller a psychologist and world renowned author on among other subjects, child abuse, asserts (in short) that violence breeds violence. If your culture is ok with beating children as a form of discipline, that sort of violence breeds violence. Google Alice Miller - very interesting

      alex.marshall.944023 - 2012-09-05 14:20

      Interesting. Punish violence with violence, do as I say, not as I do...

      merven.halo - 2012-09-05 14:36

      For over 40 years the ANC taught the masses that violence is the only answer, how can anyone complain if the kids believe it?

      deirdre.maule - 2012-09-05 15:46

      @iceberg.standard ... I think you're referring to spanking or smacking right? Which, when carried out correctly, is a far cry from violence. A good wallop, with a hefty dose of love, discipline and explanation at a level understood by a child, never hurt anyone. Beating a child til they bruise, or hitting them 'til the skin opens all that kind of stuf is definitely wrong and is usually what most of our children are exposed to, at home, on TV at the movies, on the console/computers games they play, in society in general. You cannot blame corporal discipline by a loving parent, but you can and most certainly should blame teh general acceptance of violence by everybody

      iceberg.standard - 2012-09-05 17:29

      @Fafrican - Your're right of course and I fully agree that a smack on the bottom does the trick when kids are too small to understand verbal communication. I'm simply interested like other commentators, in why there is such brutal violence in this country. It stems from somewhere. I don't have the answer but Alice Miller came to her conclusions after decades of research. Years ago a domestic worker told me how a neighbour beat his child with an electrical cord as punishment. I think thats the kind of violence Miller refers to and unfortunately this is rife in many cultures.

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-09-06 09:45

      Mdakasa; One can actually see parents through a child. Kids these days are left to be raised by gadgets while parents either spend time at work or in restaurants, bars, etc.

  • sarette.muller - 2012-09-05 09:46

    And just how do they plan to punish 6-8 year olds? This really is sad and crazy! They will get away with it because of their age.

      smallies - 2012-09-05 09:49

      trek hulle gatvelle af

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-09-05 10:41

      Who said they are 6-8 years old? The age was never mentioned of the attackers.

      jimmy.dalton.391 - 2012-09-05 10:53

      Johnny B Good. Word wakker

      susan.t.soutar - 2012-09-05 11:36

      @JohnnyBGood - check out the first line in the second paragraph!

      tuzka - 2012-09-06 06:40

      @JohnnyBGood I think its time you get glasses.

      maree.cassie - 2012-09-06 09:47

      But can you imagine an institute were children of these age go to be bread into full grown criminals together?

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-09-06 10:40

      Guhh, I missed that little line. Silly me. At least I got the backs of certain people up! tsk-tsk-tsk.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 09:47

    Now where have I seen this behavior before? .. and this godless government thinks it has the moral authority to tell parents how to raise their children?

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-05 09:49

    My son & his mates are this age & NEVER would they do such a thing!...Parents are to blame for this!

      rohin.jadin - 2012-09-05 09:55

      the problem is that children are subjected to so much violence around them. Psychological analysis required for these kids.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-05 11:02

      Jackie you are an idiot! A parent knows their child! and if you don't trust your own, (if you have any) and you don't know who they are when you're not around then maybe YOU have messed up as a parent! I find your remark completely pathetic...YOU should think before posting!

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-09-05 11:05

      gavin.lott.9 Never would? I mean seriously? If you said they have not done it before I would understand. You don't know what children are capable of; you could disciple them all you want but when they are out there together with their peers they could do things you never imagine. Well unless your children are just parcels which if placed in one place it will remain there until some external force push them. Your statement just does not make sense at all unless is meant to provoke people’s emotions. So you saying your children have your mind. Next time think before making stupid comments like that

      denis.gomo - 2012-09-06 02:59

      They say with kids, you can never say never.

  • madika.mashiloane - 2012-09-05 09:49

    OMG...Credo Mutwa predicted this. What have we become, how long was the teacher out for?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 09:57

      Oh please don't tell me you are going to shift the blame to the teacher?

      infijar.ken - 2012-09-05 11:02

      I hink you are missing the point of the report. The teachers wasn't out. The teacher had been out during class, and asked the boy to keep an eye on the other students. He reporte these boys made a disturbance. For that they destroyed this young boys life afterwards. Sounds like the boy is an orphan as well, since his Grandmother appears to b his care giver.where is Angies comments? How dare the school teachers try to brush this vicious assault under the carpet. Where are the Police hiding? Disgraceful.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-09-05 09:49

    Why are these things happening so often now. I am 30 years out of school and yes we did have the odd fist fight but never like this and nobody ever got badly injured. At most a bloody nose. But in my days the teachers had the right to give us a caning for bad behaviour.

  • Natzi - 2012-09-05 09:50

    that is so heart breaking! what are little grade 1's being taught to behave like animals!? if this was my child i would lay charges! so disgusting!

  • joachim.bernstein - 2012-09-05 09:50

    You can thank DSTV for that, anyone of you ever check cartoon network

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-05 10:08

      What? son watches it & he does not behave like these kids! And I'd even put money on it that these kids who did this do not even have DSTV!

      christian.denyschen - 2012-09-05 10:16

      Ja I'm sure all these kids have a dstv subscription.

      joachim.bernstein - 2012-09-05 10:43

      How judgemental, insinuating that they don't have a DSTV supscription.

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-05 10:49

      Huh? Dstv? Ok I don't in particular like Dstv but tv as a whole can't be held responsible for any bad behaviour. Good manners and respect start with parents or responsible adults teaching this to their kids. What about e-tv with all the late-night sex ads? Will it be e-tv's fault if kids are allowed to watch tv in adult viewing time eg.22h00 > 02h00. I can just see the headline now: "TV blamed for rape/murder/assualt/HIV/early pregnancies". Please, come back to earth.

      craig.f.stuart - 2012-09-05 10:50

      know that was a stupid comment they live in the bush do you think they have DSTV. NO!!! i dont think so.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-09-05 10:56

      @joachim.bernstein forget about Gavin he did not get it all this morning, beside having or not having DSTV, it is very dumb to state clearly that you children would never do what those kids did, how do you know, are they programmed? even programs do crash every now and then

      joachim.bernstein - 2012-09-05 10:57

      OK Woah, hit a nerve point here. Lets all just chill and think about things. So why are kids so agressive lately? Perhaps the grand theft auto games at Spur?

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-05 11:04

      Jackie's just upset because her children are in jail.

      joachim.bernstein - 2012-09-05 11:33

      Come on guys, media is taking big control of us and our children, we have to find a way to take control back and be responsible! Avoid situations like mentioned in this news article.

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-09-05 09:51

    OMW! How on earth did we get to this point? Gr1's beating each other up, to the point where there is permanent physical damage??

      merven.halo - 2012-09-05 14:40

      Little Juju's in the making...

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-09-05 09:52

    And the ANCYL is more concerned about political pandering than worrying about issues like this. The example the adults are setting where violence is the answer, the way to get what you want. Sad times.

      bongiwe.sethole - 2012-09-05 12:53

      Rohin you are talking non-sense. ANCYL did not tell the kids to do that. you are right when u talk about parents thou

      rohin.jadin - 2012-09-05 16:30

      bongiwe, I'm not suggesting that the ANCYL told the kids to go beat up on each other, but my understanding of the role of the ANCYL is look after the interests of the youth - but instead of worrying about incidences such as this, they're more concerned about political popularity. Do you disagree. Maybe grade 1s don't count as youth, cause they can't vote yet - so they don't matter?

  • lisa.c.Biermann - 2012-09-05 09:52

    kids see such things by there parents and on tv and everywhere else. its so sad that this youngster got attacked so badly...

  • Ziphezihle Mdleleni - 2012-09-05 09:52

    stupid teacher indeed who still does that?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 10:10

      "A teacher had asked the boy to report noisemakers in class when the teacher left the room and when the boy did so, the boys he had named responded by attacking him." The boy reproted the class mates that was noisy. AFTER he reported them to the teacher they got him (can presume after class may in break time) and did the damage. How can you possibly hold the teacher responsible? These little criminals where reported to the authoritive figure (the teacher) and after wards attacked the boy who did what was asked and expected of him. Let me put it into perspective: Criminal thugs attacked a law abiding citizen for reporting them.

      konrad.rontgen - 2012-09-05 10:35

      ziphezihle,i dont think you have a clue what you are remarking about.

      masiki1 - 2012-09-05 13:47

      the teacher wasn't stupid at all, we are told to teach children from a very early age about responsibilities.

  • Salmon.Beverley - 2012-09-05 09:53

    It starts at Home! I am sure children do what they see!

  • clive.wannenburg - 2012-09-05 09:54

    with no rule in SA why should they be any different, they just follow there leaders and heros the ANCYL. with out rules a society can not work and violence will always be the answer, Hope the boy recovers

  • nicholas.e.devilliers - 2012-09-05 09:54

    are you serious? grade 1. In grade 1 i was happy to colour in and play some cricket not kick the crap out of a class mate

  • andrew.arde - 2012-09-05 09:55

    They see.......they do! How sad!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-09-05 09:56

    you want to know where monsters come from ?

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-05 09:58

    Do these bully kids learn by example ? I cannot comprehend that kids so young can be so savage. We can only hope the child that was attacked makes a full recovery.

  • Tawizee - 2012-09-05 10:02

    Reintroduce Corporal punishment!

      peter.brown.940436 - 2012-09-06 15:01

      I Agree all the way

  • richard.turner.7792052 - 2012-09-05 10:05

    Grade one - 21 year olds attack a 7 year old.

  • matsi.makoro - 2012-09-05 10:05

    Who is to blame?

  • derek.smith.12177276 - 2012-09-05 10:07

    There is a very fine line between the definition of animal and human...

  • john.chamberlain.3152 - 2012-09-05 10:08

    What sort of society has a once civilised South Africa turned into. Is this freedom?

  • daniel.machet - 2012-09-05 10:10

    First the teacher puts the kid in the firing line by making him snitch on his classmate. Then other teachers try to convince the grandmother not to press charges against the other boys? They should all be fired! The grandmother should be pressing charges against the boys and against the school

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-05 10:35

      In the past a class captain was elected by the childern and when the teacher leave the class he or she had to see that childern behave. Nothing new on behalf of the teacher but what is wrong with children to react to dissipline in this manner?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 10:48

      Not only discipline but authority. No wonder we have idiots storming armed policemen.

      stella.hlophe - 2012-09-05 10:50

      I totally agree with you there, Daniel. The teachers have a nerve for trying to convince the grandmother to not press charges. What message are they sending to these rascals? Chances are some poor kid has been victimized by these kids before

  • fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-09-05 10:12

    Moral standard of our new RSA. Nothing is wrong, just depend on who is doing what? Typically of the way our country is run by Government. Start with the president and all the other governance structurs, even so called leaders like Malema, Shivambu et al.

  • sameera.dawoodbhagwan - 2012-09-05 10:18

    Pathetic - who is to blame the hooligan kids or parents?

  • Lee-Anne Dicks - 2012-09-05 10:23

    I can believe this, it happened to my son who was 5 years at the time, was attacked and taunted my kids when we went to a restaurant with a play area in Bedfordview. The kids about 5 of them between 4 an 8 years old was on the jumping castle running and jumping both feet on him. At 1st I took him away, then the kids invited him and assaulted him again, my hubby forced him back the 2nd time, the 3rd time my hubby told him in front of the kids to hit back if someone hits him (not something we condone normally), then 4th time he retaliated, the kids parents came and moaned at us, we smiled and told them watch their not so innocent kids more closely. my son played assault free for the rest of the meal. My son still had nightmares for about a week, I was completely traumatised by this, but my hubby taught my son a valuable lesson, give bullies their own medicine and he will never be a victim

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-09-05 10:25

    If this is the way that our babies behave, then God help us as a society when they are adults. This is just the tip of a festering iceberg. Go and check on the parents of those bullies please. They need serious intervention. Their kids need to be removed to a place of safety. As for the bad advice given to the Grandma....Teacher?? you are part of this miserable system. Prosecute the parents and take this to every bit of media in the country. Our fabulous government made parents scared to punish their kids. No one really gets to carry any sort of responsibility these days. This is so sick. What sort of future do we face as a country it this is the type of youth which is coming up the ranks? God Bless Africa! We really need it. Here Julius! Climb aboard this one and see if you can do some good!

  • chris.booise - 2012-09-05 10:32

    Oh my goodness, I don't have any words.

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-09-05 10:32

    It must be something in the DNA.......

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-06 04:12

      You're right there: Humans are extremely dangerous and violent creatures; I'm guessing by our behaviour, that we are closer to Chimps than Bonobo's, some of our cousins on the evolutionary tree.

      peter.brown.940436 - 2012-09-06 15:02

      NO ANC

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-09-05 10:36

    The teacher put this boy at risk by putting him into a tattle tale situation. Not that this is an excuse but just a thought......

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-05 10:37

    1. Where is Qedizaba Primary School? 2. Was it white or black pupils that did this? (I can ask because of AA EE BEE BBBEE ie racial discrimination still been active in the new SA). 3. Teachers should not pick one particular pupil to rat out others, it's never worked. 4. When I was at school and we made a noise we got hidings, so we respected teachers. Now the kids can tell the teachers to f**k off. What's going on? Undisciplined behaviour only gets re-inforced if no action is taken. And NO, I don't mean beat anyone to death, there is a big difference between smacking and assualting/beating someone to death (explanation intended for the liberal brigade).

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-05 10:39

    Bring those little punks to me. I've got a willing arm and a sturdy belt that will cure theem one time shoe shine.

  • collen.vinjwa - 2012-09-05 10:41

    The world is coming 2 an end!

  • VisionRI - 2012-09-05 10:42

    Who do you blame for such a situation? We can say parents but we can't solely blame them? We can say for implanting such a violent imagination on kids (chances are they were screamin their favourite wrestler while doing this). We should blame the YL for focusing on things that are pointless (friends of the ANC YL) and forgetting that if anything at all their job is to fight (not physically) for the better ment of the youth.

  • elaine.swart - 2012-09-05 10:46

    And I am sure every single one of those kids get spanked at home. Violence begets Violence. Where were the teachers?

      VisionRI - 2012-09-05 10:54

      So in your opinion its better to let a kid go unpunished for their wrong doings than to straighten them up with a little parental love? I disagree, I think its the lack of spankings that's turned these kids to monsters

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-05 12:38

      I totally disagree - I think they just do as they please at home too. When you go shopping do you leave all your manners behind? Ie you wreck the shop, shout at everyone and just as you enter your home your personality changes 180deg back to normal? I don't think so...the same applies to these kids - if they were taught respect and manners at home they would have thought twice about attacking another pupil. Where are the parents/custodians in all of this?

      Cherri - 2012-09-05 13:26

      I highly doubt that these little thugs have ever had a good hiding - that's probably the reason they are this way!

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-05 18:34

      Stupidity begets violence. I wanna give u a slap for that stupid comment.

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-09-06 14:13

      spare the rod and spoil the child. My kids got hidings - not beatings! when they deserved them. and they've grown up OK. Please stop the bleeding hearts.

  • stuart.scully.31 - 2012-09-05 10:47

    Savages from the day they are born!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-05 20:21

      Just not different from the Waterkloof 4 who murdered a vagrant, the Lotter siblings who killed their parents, Debbie Adington's hubby who murdered his 3 children with an axe, leaving his wife with ever head injuries

  • razia.khan1 - 2012-09-05 10:48

    bring back corporal punishment in schools, got old 6 in the principals office did more good imo, i live nxt to a primary school and what i see daily is just disgusting.

  • Genesistt - 2012-09-05 10:49

    But they want to take away a parent's right to discipline their children. This is what is happening because kids aren't being properly disciplined! Kids learn that they can get away with murder (or in this case, assault). How horrible. How truly horrible!

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-09-05 10:49

    Violent films, violent x-box and PS3 games. I can have a good guess that these boys will have played or watched this violence even with age restrictions on them. Parents are first to be blamed especially at such a young age where they are still learning right from wrong!

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-05 10:49

    These kids come from the most raw and savage households obviously. At that age they should be playing and carefree, but drunken dad and ho mom have made them into the gorgeous products of their o so ayoba environment.

      godfried.kruger.9 - 2012-09-05 19:22

      Assumptions are dangerous. What qualify you to make such idiotic high and mighty statements. Drunken dad and ho mom! Think before you talk crap!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-06 10:40

      The Waterkloof 4, Die Rietz 4, the Lotter siblings, the 5 satanists that burnt their friends with petrol, the Sword Killer! Their parents must have been those murderous apartheid soldiers who conducted midnite cross border raids killing the old and young in their sleep, not to mention Vlaakplaas hitsquads who “braaied” their victims.

  • lemby.lekganyane - 2012-09-05 10:50

    Violent parents bring up violent children. We must really start looking at this type of behavior really. Mob justice mentality is really affecting our children.

  • nicolene.lephuthing - 2012-09-05 10:52

    This is just painful as parents somehow we are responsible for what our children do

  • lielie.smit - 2012-09-05 10:52

    I have two kids in school, and sometimes I get sick to hear what my youngest has to say about kids' behaviour, he is 13, Gr7, and he told me he wants home schooling, doesn't want to be in a place like that, and it is a very good Afrikaans Primary school, upper middle class. Fortunately highschool waits in a few months, and that is a no nonsens set up.

      stella.hlophe - 2012-09-05 12:39

      We need to do all we can to protect our kids from hostile environments. If home-schooling ís the only solution, so be it. Ill-discipline is rife

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-06 05:28

      High School's are even worse...

  • schalk.burger.988 - 2012-09-05 10:57

    Ek kan verstaan dat mense nie in God glo nie, maar hoe mense nie in SATAN kan glo nie is byond me!.

  • pjsawers - 2012-09-05 10:58

    Send them to juvenile prison! If this is what they are capable of at 6 years old, what are they going to be doing by the time they are 18!

  • chris.mafunisa - 2012-09-05 10:59

    What do you expect 4rm kids who watchs WWE Raw Vs WWE smackdown... Every kid on the street wants 2 be John Cena or Romestereo (spl)

      Cherri - 2012-09-05 13:28

      No, I think you're barking up the wrong tree here and even Ray Mysterio would agree. This behaviour starts with a lack of discipline at home.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-05 10:59

    "Qedizaba Primary School "enough said

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-05 20:24

      Don't try and make this a racial issue. White teenagers also doused a child with petrol before setting her alight in Rosettenville. They were not members of Qedizaba Primary.