Krugersdorp teen facing assault charge

2012-02-08 18:13

Johannesburg - An assault charge against a 15-year-old schoolgirl at Krugersdorp High School in Johannesburg is being investigated after she allegedly attacked a fellow pupil with a glass bottle, police said.

A friend of the attacker filmed the incident, which took place last Monday, January 30, on his cellphone.

Investigating officer Lucky Biyela said careful procedures were being followed by police because a minor was being investigated for a serious crime.

"It is a matter that will go to court," he said.

Krugersdorp High School principal Ivan Bailey confirmed there had been an external governing body disciplinary hearing to investigate the attack on Tuesday night. The girl had been allowed to return to school.

"A principal cannot expel a learner. There is a disciplinary procedure that has to be followed, and this has been done."


Bailey said the attack was the culmination of a series of "shocking conversations" on Facebook and Blackberry's messenger service.

"We do have school counsellors involved," he said.

"Cyberbullying is something we take very seriously."

Vanessa Wienand, the mother of the Grade 10 girl who was attacked, said she was at her wits end on how to stop the bullying which involved several girls.

"This has gone on for months. My child has a right to safe education and this right is being violated."

Wienand laid the charge on behalf of her daughter against the girl who hit her with the juice bottle.

"There has been a little gang of them calling her fat, insulting her and being generally nasty," said the mother.

"I have now handed all of the messages they have been sending her to the police."

Gang surrounded victim in playground

Wienand said she was angry because the school did not warn her that the attacker would be back at school on Wednesday. She was unable to prepare her daughter.

In the video, the attacker walks purposefully across the playground. When she sees her victim, she and her friends surround her. The attacker then raises her arm and brings a full bottle of juice down on the taller girl's head.

The teenager steps back looking dazed and shocked. No teachers are visible.

Gauteng education department spokesperson Charles Phahlane said he was aware of the matter and asked that the video be forwarded to him.

He said he would comment on what had happened once he had spoken to the school.

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-08 18:32

    The girl who did this belongs in a Reformatory. I would love to know what her parents are like, and if they even care.

      Trent Hodges - 2012-02-08 20:16

      I disagree- the girls that were bulling her should be there not the girl that finally snapped after months of abuse.

      Shadipity - 2012-02-08 21:06

      Trent, it was the bullier that hit the victim over the head with the bottle, not the other way around.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-09 00:43

      You misread my comment, Trent. And you did NOT read the article. Like most N24 commentators.

      Belinda - 2012-02-09 22:14

      dont be so judgemental.....theres always 2 sides to a story!!!!

      mariska.ras - 2012-02-10 11:51

      I agree with your first comment Tania. No child should be a victim of any kind of abuse. The girl bully obviously has her own set of problems that I think should be dealt with in the presence of a psychologist.

  • Samantha Stevens - 2012-02-08 19:09

    What is going on in our schools these days???? The kids have no respect for anyone incl themselves

      Mike - 2012-02-08 20:58

      No corporal punishment and all HUMAN rights for 12 years and older! Parents can't discipline their kids and teachers' hands are bound! Since 1994!! That's where things started going wrong!!! Soon, the word "respect" will be removed from the Oxford Dictionary!

      Shadipity - 2012-02-08 21:07

      Makes home schooling more appealing.

  • Guy - 2012-02-09 07:42

    it is this exact culture that the ANC want, we stopped evolving 16 years ago.

      Grimmister - 2012-02-09 08:49

      Ok...maybe its just me...but I really dont get this statement.

  • maria.wayne - 2012-02-09 09:22

    It is a symptom of the Americanization of our society.

  • Belinda - 2012-02-09 22:13

    if this girl wanted to stop the cyberbullying...........she could have pushed "delete contact"!!!!!they are 14/15 yr old girls who have arguments ,as we did at that is just that now they have bbm and f/b to hold it against each other.come on!!!!!what a waste of time!!!!we all know even the "innocent "individual has been just as an unkind/cyberbully as the rest of them....!!!!!

  • Nicola - 2012-02-10 11:41

    I was bullied during my primary school years, by teachers and pupils alike. It reached a point where I was too scared to go to school. This was in the 1980's and 1990's, at a school in Cape Town. I grew up to be a very strong individual. Adults belittle each other, "bully" each other. I see it every day on facebook, where adults call each other names, groups of people "gang up" on other people. Even here, we are arguing who is right and who is wrong. If we don't change, our children won't change, as simple as that. I think the parents, of the attacker, should be held responsible.

      cathygradwell.naude - 2012-02-29 08:23

      Your last word hit the nail on the head "responsible". No one wants to be held responsible for their actions anymore. We all have choices and with this comes responsibility; like it or not!

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