ACDP: Teacher assault immoral

2013-03-05 22:27

Johannesburg - The reported assaults on a Western Cape school teacher were "immoral behaviour", the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) said on Tuesday.

"Violent and immoral behaviour cannot be condoned or tolerated and a clear message must go out that learners are at school to learn," ACDP leader in the Western Cape, Ferlon Christians, said in a statement.

"South Africa is reeling from the shock of the immoral behaviour of our school kids."

On Tuesday, the Cape Argus reported that a Cape Town teacher had been physically and verbally abused by pupils at Crestway High School.

Sharidene Meyer, 26, told the newspaper that a few weeks ago a pupil came into the classroom and grabbed and twisted her arm.

Another pupil made inappropriate and offensive comments about her breasts.

She went to the Steenberg police station and laid a charge of assault and crimen injuria.

Last Wednesday a pupil set her hair alight, she told the newspaper.

She said she had been writing on the board during a Grade 8 history class when a pupil came up behind her and set her hair on fire with a lighter.

She told the Cape Argus she had styled her hair in a "wet look" that day and was lucky to escape without too much damage.

She had since taken leave, citing depression, and would not return.

According to the newspaper, police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said both cases were still under investigation.

It reported that Education MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson, Bronagh Casey, said a pupil at the school had been suspended.

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2013-03-05 22:53

    Uhhmm...this must not be a joke!

  • chikomborero.dumba - 2013-03-05 23:42

    That's what you get for setting a 30% pass rate......schoolkids with a lot of time on their hands and despicable behaviour. The epitome of a system that churns out the worst that society can offer.

  • simon.templer.549 - 2013-03-06 04:21

    Behaviour in public to others reflect the kind of parents you have and the kind up upbringing they gave their children. Bad behaviour of under age children should be attributed to the parents, and they should be held accountable.

      hein.huyser - 2013-03-06 06:38

      Thts half the problem. Gangsters are being held up as role models. They do not respect anyone else, so why would those looking up to them think and behave differently. Andvyes, government also act in the same way, so right from the top down, into the streets we have bad examples. We can not expect anything else then. But it must for us to survive in the long run. How to change it? Start at the top

  • solly.beyi - 2013-03-06 06:59

    This is very bad reflection to the parents. We rip what we sow. Corporal punishment should be brought back. Teachers don't feel safe anymore at schools.

  • Yanga Maroloma - 2013-03-06 08:19

    Iam a young teacher myself, I would literaly kick the SH*T out of those silly pupils. Would rather be fired than be bullied by these little devils we call students. The government should give back the right to BEAT these future criminals, otherwise we will forever be in chaos.

      liz.rudy.3 - 2013-03-06 09:13

      @ Yanga - I completely understand where you are coming from, however, if you lay a finger on children these days they can have you up for assualt, so not only will you be fired, you will probably end up in jail too. That my friend, is not worth it. Respect for being a teacher, I know it is sometimes a thankless job. I salute you.

      Yanga Maroloma - 2013-03-06 10:32

      @Liz, so what are you saying to this teacher who get her arm twisted and her hair burnt?! ENDURE THE STRESS and DIE YOUNG! I say NO! That can be avoided, fire with fire. Its happening just that you dnt read about it, you kick the troublemaker in the mouth, he/she will come back and thank you later. The classrooms are blattlefields nowadays, iam of the view that; by all means neccessary as long as learning took place.

      Lewis Nyirenda - 2013-03-06 20:33

      If not discplined this time they are definately future criminals

  • Khethu Ndlovu - 2013-03-06 08:49

    This is very sad. If it was reported that it was the teacher who assaulted the boy, tjo! We would be having something like 267 comments here all calling teachers lazzy underqualified monsters. It just goes to prove that our society have a serious negative atittude towards our teachers, wonder what is it they have not done to deserve this hatred from everyone.

  • Richard - 2013-03-06 09:08

    Bring back strict disipline to our schools, A child should be bought up to respect their elders. Kids these days know that the punishment will be weak at best. Spare the rod and spoil the child.

  • liz.rudy.3 - 2013-03-06 09:11

    This is what happens when you take corporal punishment out of schools. Most children these days have zero respect for authority and rules. They do as they please and have turned into thugs.

  • Matthew - 2013-03-06 10:08

    two words "Corpral Punishment" I would go to that school,and sit there in their class with a tazor and a Long flat steel ruler. Watch how they show respect to the teachers then. they can fear them (teachers) as long as they respect them.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-03-06 11:11

    Problem today no discipline in the young. One sees it every where from an early age. This discipline needs to be instilled in the class rooms, remember teachers are not allowed to use the cane. Now here is the problem. You get one big overgrown over aged bully who thinks something of himself and he disrupts the whole class. The rest of the kids start to idolize him or her. Learners who continually disrupt classes and bully teachers and other learners need to be expelled urgently. Their parents must deal with them, they can then study if they so choose. Usually, this show off does'nt want to get ahead so causes havoc where ever they go.

  • Paula Steyn - 2013-03-06 11:53

    Bring Godsdiens en lyfstraf terug.

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