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Johannesburg - The Grade 8 pupil who was filmed attacking his teacher with a broom has been suspended from Glenvista High School and is facing criminal charges after the teacher laid assault charges.
The footage, captured last Wednesday, went viral and has been shown on local television.
The school has been able to positively identify 11 of the pupil’s classmates who incited the boy by verbally abusing the teacher during the beating.
All pupils involved now face charges of misconduct and for bringing the school into disrepute, and have been placed on a seven-day suspension starting on October 1, when the school reopens after the mid-term break.
The school was able to identify those involved because all classrooms are monitored by cameras.
It is still unclear what provoked the altercation, but the pupil and teacher are initially seen wrestling over the boy’s school bag.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is reported to be outraged at the level of violence in schools.
But Michael Atti, the school’s governing body chairman, is adamant that Glenvista High School is still one of the country’s top government schools, and attributes the pupil’s behaviour to unnamed external factors.
He said the school is one of the top 100 government schools in the country, with a successful rehabilitation programme that has a 98 percent success rate for troubled pupils.
Atti has said the cause of the conflict would be established only during the disciplinary hearing due to take place in the week of October 7.