EXCLUSIVE: Durban pupil suspended over Instagram rape post

2016-06-30 10:34


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Durban - A pupil from one of Durban’s premier private schools has landed himself in hot water after an Instagram post that makes light of rape by using lyrics from a rap song.

Clifton School in Morningside on Thursday confirmed they had suspended the scholar and were investigating the matter, with the process expected to be finalised when schools return from their midyear break.

A source with knowledge of the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it took place two weeks ago.

The pupil had posted a portion of lyrics from the Dr Dre song Medicine Man, featuring Eminem, which was released last year.

The lyrics in questions are understood to be: "I even make the bitches I rape cum."

Remedial and disciplinary action

Simon Downes, chairperson of the board of directors at Clifton School, said they had become aware of it shortly after it was posted.

"This matter was brought to the school’s attention shortly after the Instagram posting, and was immediately investigated by the school, with the full support of the student's parents," he said.

"The school recognises the serious nature of this issue and dealt with the matter with sensitivity and in the best interests of the student and of society at large. Remedial and disciplinary action, including suspension, has been instituted in terms of the School's Disciplinary Code, even though the incident did not occur under the school's control or on its premises," Downes added.

"Counselling aimed at gender sensitivity has been provided for the student concerned. As schools are now closed, the matter will be followed up by the school after the July holidays," he said.

The pupil's age was not given.

The incident follows a similar scandal at another select KwaZulu-Natal private school last year, in which a group of boys played out a mock rape scene, a picture of which went viral.

- Read more: Mock rape image a symptom of society - advocacy group

In a statement, that prestigious private school said they had initiated an investigation into the incident.

"One of our boys posted a highly offensive photograph on Instagram. We are appalled and cannot condemn this sufficiently strongly. It flies in the face of all the school stands for and teaches," the statement read at the time.

The boys later apologised for the insensitive picture.

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