Top school shuts out Griekwastad teen

2012-09-04 09:21

Bloemfontein - Prestigious Grey College in Bloemfontein has decided not to allow the Griekwastad teenager accused of murder to go back to his boarding house.

This was only while he was awaiting trial for the murders of the Steenkamp family over Easter weekend, reported Volksblad.

The school governing body met shortly after the teenager was released on bail on Monday.

The chairperson said a lot of thought had gone into the decision and it was decided that it was in the best interests of all involved parties, including the boy, that he should not be allowed back in school or at the boarding house while he was awaiting trial.

The school would, however, supply him with educational material to help him keep up to date with his school work.

The boy’s guardian, Bennie Heckroodt, was shocked at the news.

“We’ve just cleared one hurdle then the next one appears. But we will tackle the problem and make a plan. It is important that he continues going to school.
After bail was granted, the teenager smiled broadly and hugged relatives and supporters.

  • sillas.cilliers - 2012-09-04 09:36

    Wait for the next 3 hurdles called Tripple Murder...

      joseph.brooks.50309 - 2012-09-04 10:08

      Poisoning great schools and their reputations with barbaric behavior.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-09-04 11:03

      Now why on earth would you place a child who obviously has some serious issues back at a school where other lives could be at stake? He should be at a psychiatric facility being assessed if he is fit to stand trial and given treatment. The school has made the right decision.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-09-04 11:59

      What’s a murderer among friends??? come-on!!! lol

      zambezi.river - 2012-09-04 12:37

      'These' people and their crimes!

  • avuyile.ramncwana.5 - 2012-09-04 09:40

    I woulld hardly call mass murder a "hurdle"!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-04 09:42

    A good decision. The school has to put the "risk" to other pupils first. He has not been found guilty but nor has he been found innocent. I think this gaurdian needs to think a little!

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-04 09:53

    Good. Can u imagine someone pisses this little punk off at school. Kaboom!!

      lynda.esterhuysen - 2012-09-04 10:14

      100% I agree what made him kill his parent and sister how sick can you be,bring hanging back and corporal punishment its because the kids get away with murder literally

  • kevin.gillespie.948 - 2012-09-04 10:03

    One of the conditions of bail, is that he goes to school.

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-09-04 10:49

      Kevin, I don't understand how can some1 "thumbsdown" a fact.

      erich.goosen - 2012-09-04 10:56

      Exactly my point, Kevin. One of the considerations was that he must be afforded the opportunity to resume going to school. Clearly the presiding officer, attorney for the accused or state prosecutor did not foresee the obvious, namely that the school will deny him te right to attend school. It is sickening.

      Msika - 2012-09-04 10:57

      Well, that school will definitely won't be Prestigious Grey College.

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-09-04 12:51

      I dont think the decision was only based on the safety of the other kids. If this kid was to go to school, imagine how the other kids would treat him. He would be an outcast, and a good chance of getting bullied. I agree with the decision of the school, and that the decision was in the best interest of all parties. Untill this case has completed I would also suggest that the boy gets home schooled.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-04 10:11

    The huge fight with his dad was Grey College and he did not want to be there, so why should they take him back.He will be a bad influence to the other students. The school have made the correct decision.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-04 10:13

    If it was one of the conditions of bail, then keep him in jail. Why should other innocent children be subjected to that rubbish.

  • LanfearM - 2012-09-04 10:18

    Oh come one! This is standard practice, for adults as well. If you are awaiting the outcome of such charges, you are usualy not allowed back at your job until you are found guilty or innocent. The same should apply and the school did say they will help to keep the student up to date with school work. It will be better for him as well.

  • John Badenhorst - 2012-09-04 10:18

    Whoa!!! hold on folks....a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law...once again, in this situation it threatens to become a trial by media. No one knows what the evidence against the boy is..BUT i do agree that for his and the sake of his fellow pupils that he receive home schooling from a psychological point it makes sense.

  • Jane - 2012-09-04 10:19

    Can you blame the school? How do you expect fellow pupils to feel safe or even comfortable, knowing there is someone who could potentially be a murderer in their school. And the boys guardian was shocked? Seems like a pretty reasonable decision under the circumstances

  • alan.yates.18007 - 2012-09-04 10:33

    Better keep him away from the school. Someone may be offended by the murder of three innocent people and urinate on him, and that will really set the cat among the pidgeons.

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  • Msika - 2012-09-04 10:53

    Awesome!! We can't allow our kids to be in the same classroom with a murderer.

      marlene.hitchcock.9 - 2012-09-04 11:02

      Alleged murderer.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-04 10:59


      elspeth.hassall - 2012-09-04 11:25

      Keep him at home, show him he is loved, support him during the ordeal of the trial and continue to do so after the trial, whatever the outcome ... cannot believe that his guardian would even contemplate sending him back to boarding school!

  • deon.bruintjies - 2012-09-04 14:03

    Sjo i feel so sorry for this laaitie!!!

  • fishycraig - 2012-09-04 14:07

    I got sent home for the day from school for "allegedly" shooting a rubber band at a teacher when I was 12. No trial - I was presumed guilty. Now, if a kid can be sent home for that then this kid can stay at home as well. We are talking about murder here people. Give him home schooling for sure but I think the only books that will be thrown at him will be by the judge. BTW, sorry Mrs. Beyers - 24 years late I know.

  • nico.loubser.9 - 2012-09-04 15:06

    Why cant his parents look after him?

      nico.loubser.9 - 2012-09-04 15:57

      I really don't know why ""thumbs down""? Surely parents can look after their son? Naughty son I should add!

      brigitte.bell.33 - 2012-09-04 16:41

      Um Rhino...I hate to state the obvious but his parents are DEAD...suspected shot and bludgeoned by HIM!

      lelanie.jacobs - 2012-09-05 08:35

      His parents are dead, murdered by him!

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-09-04 15:40

    Very wise decision I think, could not believe that he was granted bail and that there was even "talk" about him returning to school. How can one possibly even consider allowing someone like that to continue to mix with other kids, at school or in a boarding house. Would like to also add,"watch this space", it might still come one that "he did not act alone". I have my suspicions who the accomplice/accomplices could be.

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-11 13:18

    Dont make Grey... Gray.

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