Bullying comes under the spotlight in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, following a video going viral on social media. In the footage, which appears to have been taken by a school learner at Lincoln Heights Secondary School, a child can be seen viciously assaulting a fellow student with a belt.
Watch the video here as taken from Facebook: t.ly/LCoA
With people voicing their disgust on social media, the Newcastillian – Online News approached Lincoln Heights Secondary School’s principal, Mr R Naicker, to establish what transpired and which steps are now being taken to deal with the situation and the learner.
Mr Naicker explains, “The incident took place during the school break. Teachers on duty saw what happened and immediately approached the learners.”
Upon the educators’ arrival, the learners attempted to disperse from the scene; thankfully, the teachers managed to stop the two students involved resulting in their parents being called into the office.
Disciplinary action is now underway; however, Mr Naicker emphasises the offending pupil has since been suspended. “The School Governing Body will be conducting a hearing, where it will be decided what will happen to the learner.” In the interim, he explains this is an isolated incident. But he encourages both parents and learners to come forward if they have any issues. “We assure parents, we will address any issues brought forward. We also encourage learners to come forward to the relevant authorities and avoid taking matters into their own hands.”
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