Girl stripped to panties at school

2012-02-22 07:49

Johannesburg - A 10-year-old girl who wore trousers instead of a skirt to a Johannesburg school was allegedly made to strip down to her panties, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Cosmo City Primary School No 1 pupil was left wearing panties, a school shirt and jersey for the entire day, The Star reported.

She was allegedly instructed to strip because she wore an "incorrect" uniform to school on Tuesday.

According to her mother, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, the Grade 4 pupil wore her long, grey trousers to school instead of a school skirt because it was wet from the rain the day before.

The mother told the newspaper that her daughter was forced to go home without her trousers because they had been misplaced.

School principal Kgomotso Khumalo denied the allegations. All she had done was make the pupil stand under a carport until 10:00, she said, adding that the girl was one of 70 pupils who had worn the incorrect uniform.

"I told them 'you are dressed like a circus'. What I usually do is ask them to stand under the carport until break at 10:00 and then they go back to class. I then give them a letter for their parents."

However, Khumalo admitted that she had not given any of the pupils letters on Tuesday.

Gauteng education department spokesperson Charles Phahlane said no pupil should be humiliated at school. He told the newspaper the department would investigate.

  • Larry - 2012-02-22 07:55

    Thats disgusting. The people responsible should be charged.

      Sharon - 2012-02-22 08:05

      I would die a thousand deaths!! Poor girl, imagine the humiliation.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-02-22 08:09

      SHOCKING !!! FIRE THE PRINCIPAL. Sue, and please excuse the pun, 'the pants of the dept'. How the hell can this be done to a little girl? Are we living in the dark ages? WTF? Seriously, WTF ????

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-02-22 08:11

      Little pre mature to lynch the guy before you hear the whole story dont you think?

      Jason - 2012-02-22 08:11

      Calm down people, I doubt this story is true. Wait for further developments!

      Martin - 2012-02-22 08:31

      if she was my daughter that principal would be breathing through a tube right now

      Alastair - 2012-02-22 08:31

      @Nazo2010 - yeah, and then if it turns out that the girls story is a complete fabrication, blame the media for the guy's death, not the half-wits that want to kill anyone who offend them.

      morecats - 2012-02-22 08:35

      Jay - February 22, 2012 at 08:11 This might be but it is indicative of the lack of discipline from the children, the lack of reason by the cadre appointed ANC SADTU teachers and the total lack of meaningful communication skills to prevent such a farce in the first place. If 70 kids are standing under a carport, where are the teachers lazing around and it becomes clear why the edu system is in shambles!

      Merven - 2012-02-22 08:41

      So he kept the child out of school until 10, this principle should be fired. The kid is there for schooling, not dress ups.

      jandreleroux - 2012-02-22 08:53

      There was a time when it was an honourable calling to be a teacher (or policeman) now they just accept any idiot. Prospective teachers should undergo strict strict strict psychological testing. They have such a great influence over children. Fire the him/her/them and charge them with abuse.

      yolie.Landa - 2012-02-22 09:02

      Wen there are so much rape cases happending, they let a little gal go home without her pants? This is disgusting on every level. Most teachers are just a shame. I cant believe they did this. How can they be so stupid. A grey trouser is still part of the uniform in my understanding. ALL INVOLVED PARTIES SHOULD BE CHARGED AND FIRED> You cant play wt a child's life like that. It speaks volumes about a lot that is happening at the school.

      Jason - 2012-02-22 09:03

      @Morecats , I agree, i was suggesting that people wait to hear the complete investigated story and not a hearsay story. Maybe the 70 pupils standing under a carport is indicative of the teachers inability to discipline students due to their hands being tied. I got a lot of thumbs down. Believe me if the story is true, then the people responsible should be charged. but this mob reaction we have in SA is just as concerning. Kill the headmaster, hang her.....charge everyone who ever had any contact with the girl (TIC)..........all of this based on a very watery report. I personally would like more information before i publicly abuse an educator!

      Michael - 2012-02-22 09:04

      @Spartanx93 don't insult Africans. Remember that when it suits you claim to be African!

      David - 2012-02-22 09:05

      Totally unacceptable. This is abuse. Also the fact that they normally make the kids miss class until 10h00, are they educators or the fashion police? Also states that 70 kids were not dressed properly, does that mean that 70 kids missed class until 10h00? This can't be legal.

      spartanx93 - 2012-02-22 09:15

      @Michael - I find it an embarrassment to associate myself with the term African these days.

      Willie - 2012-02-22 09:39

      Take the principal to public flogging Kalg*t

      Nina - 2012-02-22 09:44

      IF this is true, it is unacceptable, all of it. A child should not be punished for not having the 'correct' uniform, making them stand in the carport till 10 is pointless and is awaste of time they could be in class. What a child wears (skirt, trousers) is irrelevant and has nothing to do with the reason they are in school in the first place. They are at school and are not misbehaving either, so why punish them. Send a letter home! its more digusting that the principle is female. What nonsense is this?

      morecats - 2012-02-22 09:55

      Jay - February 22, 2012 at 09:03 No harm intended there, Jay. I was merely continuing on a train of thought after reading your comment, hence my opening of " This might be....." where I am actually in agreement with you. ;-))

      camp.j - 2012-02-22 10:25

      @ Sharon, The principal would die a thousand deaths if that was my child, boy or girl! It perverse, sick, humiliating and completely unacceptable.

  • Henri - 2012-02-22 07:56

    send the child home if you want to be strict, but this is just SICK SICK SICK !!!!

      Merven - 2012-02-22 08:44

      This principle sounds more like a paedophile looking for excuses to look at half naked children.

      Willie - 2012-02-22 09:40

      No you can't send the child home ,give them letters to parents

  • Francois - 2012-02-22 07:56

    Try that with my child -- I will break your f... nek Bastard...

      Shane - 2012-02-22 07:59

      That'll be too quick.

      Eduard - 2012-02-22 08:57

      Agree Francois - that will be the last time that he would have seen daylight.......

      VaMbozha - 2012-02-22 11:17

      yeah too quick she wont feel the about make her sit on a stove naked for the whole day

      Sam - 2012-02-22 13:24

      Don't be bloody ridiculous, Francois. Obviously if the story is true, there have to be repercussions, but this pseudo-macho 'I'll moer everyone' is just out of place, not to mention over the top.

  • Zion - 2012-02-22 07:56

    This school needs to be sued and both the principal and teacher fired and charged for child abuse. This is absolutely sickening to the utmost degree. A third world nation we always will be.

      VaMbozha - 2012-02-22 11:18

      and the education minister must be sued too

  • Ken - 2012-02-22 07:56

    If this is true then the person responsible should be charged.

      PB - 2012-02-22 08:34

      It would be very helpful if anyone who actually knows what took place would post it here. I am more inclined to believe that the kid WAS put through all this trauma - which is totally unacceptable. Surely there are better ways to deal with it. I understand school principals' frustration at trying to get kids to comply with prescribed attire, but this was way over the top. Driving to work you see school kids dressed in bastardised versions of school uniforms all the time - I always wonder whether they are trying to be cool or if their parents just don't have the money to stock up on the correct school kit. Priorities and all.

      Martin - 2012-02-22 08:41

      il believe a child over an adult anyday of the week, i was locked in a laundry room when i was 4 at nursery school, noone believed the child that time. children have no reason to lie, adults often do

  • beaties - 2012-02-22 07:59

    The principal is not allowed to deny a learner education and this act borders on sexual assault.

      Lorenzo - 2012-02-22 08:38

      If i was told to stand outside and miss 2 hours of class i would have worn the wrong uniform everyday.. haha! But yes you're right! PIGS

  • Lana-May - 2012-02-22 08:01


      Ziggie - 2012-02-22 08:08

      No, rather demons, animals have got pride!!

      spartanx93 - 2012-02-22 08:09

      animal is to good of a name. what is more suitable is an incurable cancer!

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-02-22 08:33

      not animals, ''neanderthals''

  • Tokollo - 2012-02-22 08:02

    Pure Harassment. Persecute immediatly! This is totally wrong and in-human for any individual to get embarrassed and humiliated this way!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-22 08:03

    This should not be allowed, this is embarrassing

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-22 08:04

    This article is equivocal & distorted; it will be interesting to see how the probe unfolds.

  • Essiem - 2012-02-22 08:04

    Why would you do this? Surely schools have more important issues?

  • Schmee - 2012-02-22 08:04

    One would expect a school with a name like that to be a bit more cosmopolitan. Get rid if this principle. She a disgrace to the profession. And what is she teaching the girls at that school? Don't stand up for your rights?

  • john.fourie1 - 2012-02-22 08:05

    So humiliating a 10 year old is more important than education. It is scary to think 70 pupils stood under a carport till 10 am and obviously missed all those important lessons. What type of people does the department of education put in charge of school. Leave the principal and staff under the carport for a month and then let them wonder where their paychecks will come from

      Andre - 2012-02-22 10:08

      The pupils will most likely not even miss the teachers!

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-22 08:06

    Wow!!! Whatever next. Try this with my kid and you'll pray for your own death. How dare you!! This principle needs to be jailed!!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-02-22 08:06

    This is the reason why schools are in the state that they are in.... Wondering if Apartheid is going to be blamed!!

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-22 08:07

    Be glad, VER GLAD it is not my kid!!!, you would not have stopped running to get away from me!!

      agueorguiev - 2012-02-22 08:59

      hear hear,Ziggie!!

      Xzaviera - 2012-02-22 10:27

      Agreed Ziggie!

  • mike.bester1 - 2012-02-22 08:07

    If true, this from an educated person ,Eish

  • Craig - 2012-02-22 08:07

    Time for staff to loose their jobs...... Oh - they are probably ANC members.... that means a promotion!!!! Time of the DA to take over and show these idiots how to run a country

      Lulama - 2012-02-22 08:21

      It's amazing how you have removed focus from the fact that a young girl was humiliated and you've gone to something totally besides the point. I guess we are that messed up as South Africans. We'd rather think along political lines than humanitarian lines.

      Tyrone - 2012-02-22 10:23

      Great point @Lulama. Agreed.

  • Mark - 2012-02-22 08:07

    I think that the principal has a sircus between here ears ! No Kid should be ever umiliated in that way to remove their pants. Sis on you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brad Frank - 2012-02-22 08:07

    let's make the principal stand in the traffic for 10min! for any educator, never mind a principal, to comment like this is beyond unacceptable

      Emil - 2012-02-22 09:12

      Tar and feather the sod

      nevilene - 2012-02-22 11:53

      I agree Brad Frank, but she must but in her underwear!!

  • Archie - 2012-02-22 08:07

    get the facts first.maybe the pupil is lying

      Marion - 2012-02-22 08:26

      Why would the pupil lie? That's like saying if she came home and said the principal had fondled her and the principal denied it, then the kid is automatically lying because an adult disputed her version of the story. Also,why punish the pupil for something her mother was responsible for? And the mother only did it 'cos her skirt hadn't dried due to the rain. Not everyone has tumble driers.

      Chris - 2012-02-22 08:43

      @Marion, my mom is a teacher and trust me, pupils lie. It might turn that she did go home in just her panties, but there might be a lot more to this story than is being published. How many times in just this week have you read something on news24 and then read the next day they got it wrong?

      Marion - 2012-02-22 09:13

      @Chris - I believe that kids lie about homework, were they naughty in class, etc., But I do not believe they lie about the form of punishment meted out to them. My son, who is no angel, didn't lie when he came home and told me the teacher hit kids across the knuckles with a ruler, the principal had kicked him, or that the teacher had smacked the back of his head so hard his face connected with his pencil case on the desk, or that another teacher had kicked him when he was down on the floor picking up his pens another kid had thrown down, or when he told me a teacher punched a kid so hard that he fell down the stairs, or or or... Despite written complaints to the schools involved (plural), and acknowledgement by the schools that those things happened, the teachers and the principal have remained employed. The very same DE that the complaints were, supposedly, going to be sent to for investigation. Teachers lie too to save their own butts. I certainly think that good teachers far outweigh bad teachers. It is the few who give the entire group a bad name. According to the law, I have been told, a teacher may not touch a child (although I wish they would bring back ACCEPTABLE means of corporal punishment). A teacher may not go into a child's bag without child's permission and, sadly,a teacher may no longer even hug a child for comfort in the lower grades. Educators lie to save their own butts, make no mistake.

      Emil - 2012-02-22 09:23

      Archie and Chris if your mother told you your father beat her up today. Would you doubt her just because she carries not vfisible scars or if your daughter told you she was touch by your brother would you doubt her just cause you see no visible signs. I pray non of this ever happens to either one of you but be brave and protect dont be afraid.

      Towtruck - 2012-02-22 09:47

      So she took of her pants herself and the misplaced it? Ja ja!

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-02-22 10:57

      I agree with you Archie.

      davieoosie - 2012-02-22 11:15

      Why only her pants, what about the other 69 pupils pants? Someone or both are lying. Or N24 messed up again.

      Chris - 2012-02-22 12:25

      @Emil, do you know any of the people involved? We're basing opinions on a story from a news source that has proven to be less than accurate on many occasions. She claims one thing, the principal claims another. I want to hear the results of an investigation before I start calling for this man to be beaten and shot (as some on this site have already called for).

  • rachel.delport - 2012-02-22 08:07

    That is absolutely disgusting. Suspend and charge the principal. How can she allow such things to happen. And that to a 10 year old girl. They are suppose to help us parents build our kids confidence, not humiliate them. What is that doing emotionally and mentally to that child

  • Steve - 2012-02-22 08:08

    Bloody hell - they should take Principal Kgomotso pants away and put her in the middle of town !!

      Arvin - 2012-02-22 10:53

      That would be the stink of the town. Excuse my humour here !!!

  • godesha - 2012-02-22 08:08

    Not a day goes by that one doesn't read about some horror at a school somewhere. I really feel sorry for parents with school going children and the children themselves these days.

  • joe.diedericks - 2012-02-22 08:09

    A: So these kids were denied education because they wore trousers? B: Why is it compulsory for girls to wear dresses/skirts in modern times?

  • makesuthink - 2012-02-22 08:09

    Make the Principal Kgomotso Khumalo wear only panties for a week and the next week a clown outfit Bet you she would refuse and say it is humilating EXACTLY you stupid b???? News24 Get a photo of her and put it at the top of the article

  • Dawn - 2012-02-22 08:10

    this story is too sick to even comment on. strip the principal and make a laughing stock of him/her.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-02-22 08:11

    what the hell do these people think they are doing? absurd. poor girl.

  • Narwahl - 2012-02-22 08:12

    WTH!!!!! send the child home or call the parents to find out the reason for "improper" uniform...rather than this kind of embarrassment.

  • david.lipman1 - 2012-02-22 08:13

    Then they wonder why our education system is in tatters. Responsible and trained people should be filling these posts!

  • Nonceba - 2012-02-22 08:13

    its high time that the education department starts assessing teachers (psychiatric evaluation) becoz their mentally disturbed.

  • Tania - 2012-02-22 08:13

    This is disgusting. In the first place those learners was suppose to be in class. According to the new CAPS, it state how mane hours a day and per week the learners must have in all the subjects. The department of education should look into this matter. And secondly, what is more importent, that the are umiliated for something they don't have control over (if the mother haven't washed there clothes, is it there fult? That child was only 10. Or is it more importent to get educated. If I was one of those learners mother's I would take it futer.

  • nshinga1 - 2012-02-22 08:14

    Who does that principal thinks she is? Humiliating a child like that. based on her comment to the news, its likely that the incident happened as would she feel if it was one of her kids experienced that? diciplinery action needs to be taken against the offenders.

  • Chantal - 2012-02-22 08:14

    teachers will fight the child that do not earn a salary who don't have a bank card or credit card. The child is a easy target why do the teachers go to the parent first???

  • Dee - 2012-02-22 08:14

    This is sick, if it was my daughter, hell was gonna break loose. Nxxx charge the principal or whoever is responsible with child abuse.

  • Stoney - 2012-02-22 08:14

    The principal talked about a circus. He is the main clown.

  • msalim002 - 2012-02-22 08:14

    Are kids there to learn or look pretty in uniform?

  • Patrick - 2012-02-22 08:15

    Mind boggling-how about making the principal walk around the school all day in her underwear.

      Susan - 2012-02-22 08:44

      Ya i think they should do that...these people have no morals...they don't care about consequences...i bet nothing will done...

  • Amanda-Leigh - 2012-02-22 08:15

    If that so-called educator had done that to my child, I would be applying for bail right now....and she would be testing out the national health system

  • Terence - 2012-02-22 08:16

    In a country that rape is so prevalent they then send the 10 year old girl home without her trousers which were "misplaced"!!!!!!!!! What about lending her a garment from the Lost Property??? And these are the people that the kids are supposed to be able to look up to.

  • carpejugulim - 2012-02-22 08:18

    There comes a time when people have to move with the times and education is one of them. While I agree with the concept of a uniform I do think that in this day and age the uniforms themselves need to be reassessed. As an adult it is my perogative to choose between wearing trousers or a skirt/dress in cold weather. What is the point of trying to teach a child that is frozen with cold because the school uniform dictates that one will wear a dress/skirt and socks or stockings or, for that matter a child that is overheated because the winter uniform dictates long trousers, blazer and tie? To publically humiliate a child by making them remove items of clothing is reprehensible considering that 70 pupils made the same choice to wear trousers on the same day, there must have been some reason.

  • Warren Carne - 2012-02-22 08:18

    Shocking,I hope those responsible for this are brought to book.

  • leratoarthur.moleleki - 2012-02-22 08:19

    This is totaly unfair,cause what if she don't have grey skirt.I think there is something wrong with that principal

  • Mashuduk - 2012-02-22 08:19

    Kgomotso Khumalo needs to be held accountable for this, one can only imagine what else goes on in that school.

  • Whispers4life - 2012-02-22 08:20

    school should be fined and more! Hope news24 stays on this story.

      Merven - 2012-02-22 08:42

      If you fined the school, it is only the parents that will pay for the fine, I'll say fire the responsible parties.

  • Marion - 2012-02-22 08:21

    How DARE THEY mistreat a child in this way. If I was her parents I would sue the department of education and/or that principal. That child will be scarred for life. I still remember how, when I was in SubA, a little girl asked to go to the toilet and the teacher told her to wait. Poor little girl couldn't wait and wet her panties in front of the entire class. To this day I remember that girls name even though I struggle to remember the names of people I worked with for years. I am totally disgusted and I believe the little girl's version. Why would she need to lie?

      Lulama - 2012-02-22 08:32

      How dare they! What could anyone possibly gain from humiliating a child like that. I would sue as well,if I was her mother. Kids go to school to learn, not to be abused. I don't even think that this child was just being rebelious, she's in grade four.

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-02-22 10:59

      If I was the parent I would find out the full facts first before deciding to do anything stupid. But hey the newspapers is always right.

  • Tennille - 2012-02-22 08:23

    What exactly is the point of this exercise? Why the hell can they not just wear pants? I hated wearing the school dress as a child and found pants far more comfortable and you never had to worry about boys looking up your skirt.

  • Prenesa - 2012-02-22 08:23

    Actually my advise is that girls wearing pants is not a bad idea but being humilated is leading this child to suicide. The principal should be fired and i wonder what kind of clothes she dresses up as a principal.

  • pbuirski - 2012-02-22 08:23

    that principal should be thrown out the school. why dont they let her or him strip to their undies. sue them

  • Michelle - 2012-02-22 08:24

    The question which should be asked is how a barbarian of this calibre even got appointed as the principal... disgusting behaviour by an adult who has children under her care. This poor little girl ~ what humiliation!