Teacher to mom: Your son is a sissy

2015-06-17 11:14
Nelmarie Ruysch recalls the bullying her son experienced at a Vereeniging school. (Nelius Rademan, Netwerk24)

Nelmarie Ruysch recalls the bullying her son experienced at a Vereeniging school. (Nelius Rademan, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - “Your son is a sissy. Calm down please.”

These were allegedly the words of a former teacher at a Vereeniging school to Nelmarie Ruysch after she repeatedly complained that her 15-year-old son was being bullied.

After more than two years of the bullying, Ruysch decided in 2010 that she had had enough and took her son out of the school, Netwerk24 reported on Wednesday.

Last Friday a video was taken of another pupil at the same school allegedly being bullied while a teacher sits in the background marking papers and not responding to the assault.

The alleged bully in the video says he has the “permission” of the teacher to “moer” (beat up) the victim.

The video has been viewed more than 600 000 times and shared more than 60 000 times.

The video was uploaded after a pupil showed it to his father as proof that he wasn’t lying about the bullying he experienced and that teachers did nothing about it.

Fingers dislocated, lunch money stolen

Ruysch said her son was constantly bullied when he was 15 years old.

“He is slim built and suffered a lot.

“They [the bullies] stole his food and lunch money and kicked him until his fingers became dislocated.

“He ate [his lunch] in interval in the class.”

His neck was burnt with wood, said Ruysch.

She said she repeatedly brought it to the school’s attention but a teacher who is no longer at the school told her to calm down and not create an issue about it.


The school in question is for children with learning difficulties so Ruysch couldn’t put her son in a mainstream school.

Phumla Sekonyane, spokesperson for the Gauteng education department, strongly condemned Friday’s incident and said it would be investigated.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for education, had seen the video and requested a report from the school as well as more details about those involved.

Sekonyane said the principal spoke with the victim’s parents.

Lesufi is set to visit the school on Wednesday.

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