Cape Town pupils suspended after initiation

2013-02-04 10:00

Cape Town - Seven pupils have been suspended from a Western Cape high school hostel after an initiation which put a schoolboy in intensive care, the Cape Times reported on Monday.

The York High School pupils in George would face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Andrew Searle, 14, was hit on the head last Tuesday and rushed to hospital. His father Sean Searle said at the time that a group of boys entered the school's dormitory, where his son was sleeping, and hit him once on the leg and the side of the head.

"It is what they call a dormitory raid. It was not sanctioned by the school," Searle said.

"About an hour later, he experienced severe head pains and asked his friends to call the housemaster."
Searle was still recovering in hospital.

According to the report, the family had decided not to open a criminal case or take any action, calling it "a very unfortunate incident".

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2013-02-04 10:14

    The blow against the head could have caused this boy death or serious brain damage. I was my understanding that these practices have been banned from hostels/schools.

  • hein.wyk - 2013-02-04 10:18

    How is the boy? News24...

  • customdesign - 2013-02-04 10:18

    Fix your title - York High is in George, which is far away from Cape Town.

      gray.braatvedt - 2013-02-04 10:33

      Clearly the News 24 reporters either didn't go to high school or flunked their geography

      gavin.wrensch - 2013-02-04 11:24

      It was at a hostel, so maybe the pupils who committed the act are from Cape Town. Just a thought!!!!

      customdesign - 2013-02-04 12:57

      I went to York, there were no students from Cape Town, it is way too far. 430km

  • sabelo.l.mthembu - 2013-02-04 10:26

    This wasn't a case of initiation though. News24 needs to get their story straight. The boys were just having fun, which in this case went wrong accidently but it wasn't initiation. Speedy recovery to Floyd.

      sarah.bouttell - 2013-02-04 10:40

      Klapping someone on the head with a shoe in a pillowcase, while they are sleeping, is not fun, nor funny. I am sure no real harm or malice was intended, but these boys showed a lack of maturity, and someone got hurt.

      sabelo.l.mthembu - 2013-02-04 10:55

      I spent 5 years in boarding school. That is how boys have fun and bond with each other. And it's also how the boys get to know each other through pranks and silly moments. Accidents happen, and this was an accident. It may not be fun for females, but for boys at that age that is how they have fun, bond and create friendships.

      sabelo.l.mthembu - 2013-02-04 11:18

      Sarah my point is that at the ages of 13 - 18 years that kind of behaviour is fun for boys and that's their way of creating friendships. You are a female and that kind of behaviour wouldn't be fun for you but for a boy at that age and maturity that is fun and playful for them.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-02-04 10:42

    We live in a surreal society..... Everywhere extreme violence is used to achieve individual or corporate superiority. It is in the streets, in driving habits, in news reporting words and syntax, it is in advertising and corporate strategies...all pushing individuals to use extreme measures to get what they want/need or perceive they are entitled to. BE CERTAIN THAT I do not advovate using mindless violence in schools, or more particularly homes for that matter....because that violence is the source of the 'in your face' physical and phsychological violence we are being exposed to every day. Somehow and somewhere we need to put the brakes on! However I am not so sure that keeping kids in cotton-wool is the solution either. Passing through school means going through life initiations whatever their forms. The crux is for them not to be seriously harmful....but some kids are poorly prepared for life, and such initiations, by their parents. Don't throw out the intiations, they are part of life, we must do our best to balance between danger and effectiveness of those initiations.

  • garthlwilliams - 2013-02-04 10:50

    @jason.petzer.5 - lol. Take a chill pill bru. Go troll someone else.

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-04 11:05

    Savage behaviour and rituals........

  • womba.wonder - 2013-02-04 11:24

    Expel them.

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2013-02-04 11:25

    I'm sorry to say it's not " a very unfortunate incident. " and the saying Boys will be Boys BullSh*t. @ Andrew I hope you have a speedy recovery and get better and you press the charges its your life and you got beaten for no reason.

      ulandi.potgieter - 2013-02-04 12:22

      I agree there with you mickey.summer.54 it does make you wonder.

  • calvin.mbhele - 2013-02-04 11:37

    Hmmmm a very unfortunate incident educated people!!! Get well soon lil bro

  • markvonbentheim - 2013-02-04 11:41

    Whomever wrote this article, the editor who allowed the headline, and all those who are attributed to making this article appear on the News24 site simply show the level of education in this country. The headline "Cape Town pupils suspended..."; yet the article details that the pupils are from York High School in George ... you do realise that George is not in Cape Town, a separate city, municipality, etc ... Please get your reporting and facts correct before publishing ... you just loose credibility!

      james.wit.92 - 2013-02-04 12:05

      And you lose credibility by using the word "loose"

      Bob - 2013-02-04 12:09

      It's just like referring to any neighbouring towns around joburg as joburg.

      elaine.middlemiss - 2013-02-04 12:31

      Totally agree Mark. It's not the same as referring to a place as Jobrg George is 4 hours away from Cape Town !

      diran.pillay - 2013-02-04 22:02

      News 24 was awarded the most visited website in SA for 2012,they have their reasons and probably do care what you all have to say about their reporting. Give it a break

  • Bob - 2013-02-04 12:14

    That's one cowardly family. They can't even stand up for their own family members. You're supposed to make an example of the perps and make sure they spend time in prison. Instead they'll get a slap on the wrist and some kid might wind up dead next time.

      garthlwilliams - 2013-02-04 12:21

      No backbone, as I said.

  • Zarum4n - 2013-02-04 15:45

    i got klapped before joining the 1st team rugby in STD 8. Leather belt, deep heat on the bumhole, knob and berries, shaving foam slaps and other initiations. i dont regret it, it cut me down to size and taught me respect. i guess some people wont get it. Im all for initiations but "Moer"ing someone with a shoe in a pillowcase is a bit hectic! Find a balance!

      Bob - 2013-02-04 15:48

      Jesus on a rubber bike! Are you sure you were in high school and not on a set for a BDSM porno flick?

  • robin.gilbey - 2013-02-04 20:15

    By not charging the offenders and the school, they are condoning or even encouraging bullying, which is all initiations are! WIPE OUT BULLYING NOW...

  • diran.pillay - 2013-02-04 22:13

    The first day of high school I had my lunch smashed in my face by a grade 11 pupil.So I picked up a brick and smashed it in to the back of his head.He was taken to hospital and I received 10 lashings from the principal. Moral of the story? Life is tough so teach your kids to stand up for themselves.

      ulandi.potgieter - 2013-02-05 10:13

      Ja well he should of not touched your lunch end of story.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2013-02-04 23:15

    If the victim,recovers n come back with gun n shoot to kill them ,then who would be blamed? Or it will be unfortunate event as well?

      ulandi.potgieter - 2013-02-05 10:14

      That's a good one they didn't think of that hey.

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