Police are investigating three suspected gangsters accused of assaulting a teacher in his classroom.
A day after the Grade 7 teacher at Strandfontein High School was attacked, staff and parents held an emergency meeting, calling for the “violence and lack of respect” to end.
It is alleged that the three men, believed to be members of the Fancy Boys gang, forced their way onto the school grounds on Wednesday and barged into the classroom where one of them threatened and smacked the male teacher.
Sources at the Western Cape Education Department reveal that the Geography teacher, who cannot be identified, had reprimanded a female student who had asked to leave the school after getting sick.
The student was told that her mother or father had to collect her at school.
It’s believed the girl called the suspects from her cellphone, and was in the classroom at the time of the alleged attack.
Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk says: “We can confirm a case of common assault was registered at Strandfontein Police Station.
“One of the males threatened the teacher and accused him of doing something to the female student. The male suspect then slapped the complainant in his face.”
Sandy Schuter of the Strandfontein Community Policing Forum called on police to increase patrols at schools.
She said: “It is the responsibility for SAPS to do patrols in the school, not just to sign at the front desk and bounce, but to actually walk for 10 minutes on the school to just check.”
The WCED confirmed that the matter was being investigated.