Shoe in pillowcase hit leaves boy critical

2013-02-01 11:04

Cape Town - A Western Cape schoolboy is in intensive care after being hit on the head with a shoe inside a pillowcase, allegedly by another pupil, it was reported on Friday.

The Cape Times reported that York High School Grade 8 pupil Andrew Searle, 14, had been in a George hospital since Tuesday night.

His father Sean Searle said a group of boys apparently entered the school's dormitory, where his son was sleeping, and hit him once on the leg and on 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."

The teenager was rushed to a nearby hospital, where a neurosurgeon discovered he had bleeding on the brain. The blood was drained and the boy was sedated.

Education MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson Bronagh Casey told the newspaper "horseplay" among Grade 8, 9 and 10 pupils had got out of hand, and that some children had been suspended from the hostel, but not the school.

She said the governing body would look at taking further action.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2013-02-01 11:52

    Horseplay? This was "initiation". While I am all for initiation if the kids don't get hurt, stuff like this must be rooted out at all costs. Find the whole group of culprits and charge them with assault.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2013-02-01 12:16

      or rather put them in a prison cell and let them have horse play with the other prisoners

      mattcredible - 2013-02-01 12:38

      Stop stirring - there is nowhere in the article that mentions initiation. Stuff like this IS rooted out and the kids have been punished and will likely be in more deep trouble. The father and mother will decided if they would like to press assault charges. As for Mark above suggesting a prison cell... In the words of Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, "You just went full retard, never go full retard."

      SwingLife - 2013-02-01 19:17

      Don't you think you're being a bit ignorant?

      mick.perring - 2013-02-02 11:23

      You have absolutely no right to judge. Do you honestly think a 16 year old boy should be charged with assault over a stupid decision he made while just trying to have some fun? Everybody makes mistakes. That's life. If you can honestly say you've NEVER made a stupid decision in your life then I apologize, you're clearly perfect. If not? Keep you snide comments to yourself. Keep the change.

  • mia.mould.16 - 2013-02-01 12:28

    I personally know the parents of one of the kids that were also abused with the shoes in the pillowcase, and it was Initiation and not horseplay. This is the hostel way of playing it down!!! These grade 12's should be expelled and be charged and face the music!!!

      nicole.vanrensburg.7 - 2013-02-01 18:15

      Firstly the grade 12's had nothing to do with it,and secondly you not in our hostel so you wouldn't know that it WASN'T initiation. Rather don't comment unless you know the real story,please and thank you.

      eadair02 - 2013-02-01 18:25

      If you read the article you would see that it was in fact not matric learners but one grade 10 learner who made one bad decision. I'm in hostel and I can tell you that it was not initiation but just 'horseplay'. Initiation had already happened and was followed by the law.

      georgia.grobler - 2013-02-01 19:26

      Your unsubstantiated accusations are ignorant and misinformed. Think before you say something that controversial

      jaym.hepple - 2013-02-01 20:04

      I personally know the boy who is sitting in hospital and your pathetic comment helps just shut up

  • vanessa.luckhoff - 2013-02-01 12:28

    When is this going to end!?...Bullying seems to really be getting out of hand nowadays.

      eadair02 - 2013-02-01 18:21

      It wasn't bullying, it was an accident. It could have happened to anyone.

  • litha.zukani - 2013-02-01 12:40

    Normal raid went wrong. Speedy recovery to the pupil.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-02-01 12:47

    It was horseplay, it went wrong, perhaps it needed this to put a stop to it. Initiation and horseplay have taken on a new violence, it used to be that other kids would bombard your bed or tie your sheets or shoelaces. But it wasn't meant to go wrong and I'd bet the pupils who did it are really sorry it turned out this way.

  • gruntus.maximus.9 - 2013-02-01 12:58

    This kind of stuff is sad, but it is an accident. We can let boys be boys, or we can wrap them in pillows and never let them become men. Let them play, fight, bleed, break bones and be best friends or life afterwards. Bullying is a different matter and must be dealt with severely, but this sounds like fun gone wrong. When i was in boarding school, it was not uncommon to put an army boot in the bottom of the pillowcase.

  • david.huisman.98 - 2013-02-01 13:46

    They are kids , kids do stupid things , fact ! Should they be punished , hell yes , but this is just unfortunate how many dorm-raids have there been over the years and around the world , millions and millions , but very few end like this , i dont condone the behaviour , but , this is life in a hostel all over the world , kids do not deserve to go to jail for this , but severe punishment is necessary , so expel them if you have to and give the parents the hospital bills , hopefully some one will learn a lesson or two , either better parents or better kids ??

  • eadair02 - 2013-02-01 17:53

    I am a matric learner at York High Hostel, in defending my family, I would just like to say that these are young innocent teenagers who made one bad decision. Only one boy out of the six put a shoe in his pillow case, the rest thought it was just going to be a fun dorm raid. Why ruin this young boys life out of a decision he made out of excitement? Surely that is immoral? Yes, what he did was wrong but was it intended to go this far? No, it was not. At hostel we are a family, no one can explain the love that runs through the walls of this amazing hostel we live in. It is a place of joy, of fun, of FAMILY. All we're asking for is Andrew to make a full recovery and join us soon in our home. So please, if you don't understand the lives of our dear hostel, do not judge.

      andre.swart.92 - 2013-02-04 10:21

      Well said Emily!

  • SwingLife - 2013-02-01 19:11

    Dear readers, I am a Matric learner at the York High Hostel. This isolated incident at the York High Hostel was not sanctioned, anticipated, nor intended. It was an unco-ordinated dorm raid, with the intention of having a harmless pillow fight and a bit of fun. There is nothing really wrong with that, we are young, and there is not much time left before we join the ranks of those in the real world. I believe that High School should be a time of fun and games, as well as life lessons. This is one life lesson the young Gr.10 learner shall not forget anytime soon. Yes, I agree he made a stupid decision by putting a shoe in his pillow. Yes, I was also angry, I also wanted retribution. That's the normal response. But however normal that response is, it is completely irrational. Do you not think that he has had enough trouble to deal with? High School can be a very harsh place, and after this event, he found himself socially exiled. Everyone is looking down on him. His conscience is no doubt eating away at the fabric of his mind. For god sakes people - he's just a 16 year old kid who made a stupid mistake. None of you have any right to judge him, you all did stupid things when you were young, we all do. For now, I ask you to place yourself in his position. Currently, everybody has their back turned to him. He feels hated and guilty. His parents will have to pay bills they may or may not be able to afford. Please be a little more considerate. Kind Regards, David Harding ~YHS.

      caron.grundlingh - 2013-02-02 10:37

      Very well written young man!

  • gelaine.hart - 2013-02-01 19:44

    None of you were there or even know the full extent of the truth. Pieces of this article may be true, but in the same time it's a complete load of sensationalism. If you are not in York High Hostel you have no right to say that the Children involved should go to JAIL! It was a complete accident! It was not intentional or anticipated! NO ONE could have expected it to turn out the way that it did! None of you have the right to even comment on this matter, because none of you witnessed it or know Andrew Searle or his family. The majority of you are making assumptions on half truths! Boys will be boys you can't watch them like hawks the entire time, sometimes they are going to let loose; this time unfortunately a horrible mistake was made! You can't honesty tell me that in the heat of the moment with adrenalin pumping through your veins that you would be able to think straight, be 100 percent conscious and understand every single thought going through your mind! YHH is a family, we don't beat each other. Neither do we bully, nor have we EVER raided a dorm with the intention to purposely injure the people we call family! If you have never attended a hostel you WILL NOT understand, please don't waste your time by trying. You will most certainly anger those who are! instead find out the whole truth before presuming you know everything. YHH's sends its prayers and Love to the Searle family! Those are the type of comments that should be left here, not this self opinionated crap!

  • tamryn.oates - 2013-02-01 21:10

    you people don't know the situation and what happened. we are all saddened by what happened but let's keep the focus where it should be: on Andrew's recovery!

  • courtney.visser.1 - 2013-02-01 22:13

    You ignorant people saying that this was initiation and not horseplay, and that the kids responsible should pay. What do you know?? Were you there? Did you delve into the minds of the students involved and see their malicious intent? DO YOU KNOW YORK HIGH SCHOOL??! You CANNOT say such things when you don't have insight into a situation, you can't make your judgements on what you read in the press. Stop living in the past. York High is a brilliant school - probably the best in the country. Leave sport, academic and service out of it - on family values alone, York comes first. Nowhere will you find such a tight-knit family of 900 students. The hostel is even closer. To ignorantly accuse our students of being abusive is disgusting in its own right. This was a freak accident - they happen EVERY DAY. York High School is behind Andrew 100%, as we are with each and every student. We are thankful that he was so fortunate and that he is recovering well. Please keep your misinformed judgements to yourselves. Thank you.

  • mike.searle.39 - 2013-02-03 20:23

    I am Andrews boet and I just want to say that all of this was an accident. My family holds no grudges against the boy and my brother(who is now talking)says that he doesn't even want the boy to be expelled. If you have been or are in a hostel you will understand what happened and that it wasn't initiation. The seniors(gr11's and 12's) weren't in anyway involved Please stick to the facts. Just thought I should clear that up.

      andre.swart.92 - 2013-02-04 10:23

      WOW! "My family holds no grudges". We need more of your family around and the world will be a better place. Milkwood Primary has your family covered in prayer.

  • andre.swart.92 - 2013-02-04 10:20

    My son is in Matric at York High School. I am an educator nearby. The comments from the YHS learners sums it all up so perfectly. Who are we to judge? How wonderful to see the York family stand together. They are there for the victim, praying for a full and speedy recovery but also there for the young man who made a mistake. Well done York for drawing closer to each other at this very unfortunate time.

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