- A teacher at Sans Souci High school in Cape Town has come under fire for slapping 1 of the learners in her class
- Video footage captured the heated altercation between learner and teacher
- Although the teacher has been heavily criticised, students have now come out in support of her actions
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News broke of an alarming confrontation between a learner and teacher at Sans Souci High School in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Video footage of the incident was shared via social media and many have already aired their views.
The video shows the heated exchange as the teacher reprimands the student for the use of her mobile phone during class.
The teacher can be seen admonishing the young girl and then grabs her mobile phone.
Eventually the student accuses her mentor of swearing at her, which riles up the teacher even further.
Fed up with the learner’s attitude, the teacher instructs her to leave the classroom.
The learner refuses, the teacher confiscates the phone again and the pair get physical.
The video concludes with the teacher slapping the pupil, much to the dismay of fellow learners.
IOL reported that Jesicca Shelver, a spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department, confirmed the matter is under investigation but that the department condemns corporal punishment.
The learner is black and teacher is white, leading many to label it a racially motivated attack.
Briefly.co.za learned that fellow learners have come out in support of the embattled teacher.
A few voice notes made by students indicated that the relevant learner may have been the guilty party.
One of the pupils serving on the school’s leadership body said, “This learner is a troubled learner and she is a threat to most learners at the school.”
Another student said, “The video was taken out of context. The public doesn’t see what the learner does to the teacher. She is an amazing teacher.”
A third voice note was shared by 1 student in the actual classroom at the time. The student felt that the teacher’s reaction was justified based on the leaner’s actions.
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