Video of school girl throwing book at teacher opens up can of worms

Video of school girl throwing book at teacher opens up can of worms

- A school girl who threw her book at a class teacher is facing disciplinary action for her outburst

- The video which was assumed to have been captured by a classmate using a mobile phone was shared widely this week on social media

- The video, which didn’t show what prompted the outburst, shows the girl collecting together her book and some loose papers before walking to the front of the classroom and flinging them at the teacher

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The Gauteng education department is investigating what transpired at Three Rivers Secondary School in Sedibeng following a video emerging on social media showing an incident in a classroom. gathers that the education department spokesman Steve Mabona said the department was investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident of alleged learner misconduct after the video which shows a learner throwing something at her teacher went viral.

The teacher shown in the video walks out of the class while appearing to make a phone call after the girl flings what appears to be a book and some loose papers at her in the front of the class.

However, some social media users have responded wanting to know what prompted the girls actions.

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While others have said the actions of the pupil, heralded as shocking by South Africans are tame in comparison to what they have experienced working in education in other countries.

This example tweeted last year also shows a start contrast to the more recent video which almost seems harmless in contrast.

Racism in the comments as South Africans had their say over the video caused some people even more shock than the video itself with some particularly racist comments being made on social media platform, Facebook which we cannot even show here due to it being deemed hate speech.

Regardless, the viral nature of the video forced the education department to take action.

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“Our preliminary investigation revealed that the said incident occurred at Three Rivers Secondary School in Sedibeng. We immediately dispatched officials to investigate this incident accordingly‚” said Mabona.

He said officials from the psychosocial support initiative had already started with the counselling process of all pupils and teachers on Friday morning as well as beginning the process to take the learner through a disciplinary hearing.

The teacher has also been offered counselling by the department through the employee wellness programme.

“We urge all our learners to refrain from acts of misconduct in schools; and implore parents to assist the department in instilling learner discipline in and outside the school environment‚” said Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

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