Just a few months after the Eldorado Park Secondary School principal, Marlon Louw was cleared of charges relating to a ‘racial abuse’ incident at the school, the ‘Blue School’ has hit the headlines again. The school boasts the reputation of being the highest matric pass rate, but has been hard-hit by controversy recently.
A week ago, a mobile classroom was torched and the cause of the blaze is yet to be determined. As recently as yesterday afternoon, a learner at the school is facing charges after having drawn a firearm at a teacher who he threatened to shoot, according to a press statement by the Gauteng Department of Education.
Fortunately for all concerned, the teacher managed to disarm the gun-wielding youth and handed the weapon to the Eldorado Park Police Station across the road.
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The police remained tight-lipped about the incident and provincial police as well as the Eldorado Park Police Station claim that they were not aware of any such incident transpiring at the school.
The media statement released by the GDE read, “The SGB will tomorrow, commence with necessary disciplinary process against the implicated learner.”
The member of the executive committee for education, Panyaza Lesufi has come out strongly against the incident and said, “We strongly condemn any acts of learner misconduct, which seeks to undermine the dignity of both learners and educators.”
Violence in our schools are receiving public scrutiny and social media is bombarded with acts of bullying by learners against each other and teachers who bear the brunt of these attacks.
Lesufi added, “We urge all our learners to refrain from acts of misconduct in schools, and call upon the SGB to take decisive action on this matter.”
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