Girl gets help after bullies caught on camera
Durban - A pupil at Vukuzakhe Secondary School in uMlazi will be receiving psychological help after she was viciously bullied and assaulted by three schoolgirls.
The attack was recorded on a cellphone camera it September last year and has been distributed on social media this week.
In the video, the student is slapped approximately 40 times, kicked several times and interrogated by the bullies.
The Department of Education is now investigating the matter and the school governing body will rule on whether the bullies will be expelled from school.
The victim was in her dorm room when the incident happened. She was thrown to the floor twice, while those present did not prevent the attack.
According to the Daily News, the victim was in Grade 8 at the time. The alleged bullies were reported to be in Grade 10.
The newspaper quoated Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni’s spokesman, Isaac Luthuli, as saying the behaviour of the bullies was a “barbaric act”.
Meanwhile, the paper also spoke to Joan van Niekerk, president of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Van Niekerk said the war on bullying was not being won.
“In a society that is filled with violence, children imitate what they see. We are giving children the message that violence is okay,” she told the paper.
South Africa had strict laws governing the exposure of pornography to children, but this ws sorely lacking when it came to children being exposed to violence, she said.
“It is important to look at the child who is being bullied as they might grow up to be a bully,” van Niekerk said. But she also cautioned that bullies needed to be treated too.
Ms. Van Niekerk said children should be taught that resorting to violence was not the answer in disputes.
In South Africa, strict laws protect victims from being bullied. Unfortunately, many victims do not report being bullied because they are scared.
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