Now the parents of the nine-year-old learner from Zwaanswyk Primary School in Retreat have laid a charge with police and are demanding the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) take action against the “bully teacher”.
According the boy’s angry mom, her son was punished for being over-enthusiastic in class.
“From what I learnt at school, he had shouted out the answer loudly before the teacher told him he could, and she then put him in the storeroom, where he was left alone. I don’t know for how long he was there, but he was scared and that is not right,” the mother says.
“In a meeting with the teacher, she admitted she did it all the time and none of the children reacted the way my son did.
“My son has not had any behavioural issues. He is like any other child; inquisitive, adventurous and hungry to learn new things. The principal told us he had given her a written warning, but we still contacted the police.”
The Grade 3 learner returned to school after the incident, but the mother says since then he has been “targeted” by the teacher.
“They are on his case the entire time and other teachers are brought into the classroom to reprimand my child in front of all the learners. Now he can’t look at someone in class, then I receive a letter to say he was looking at another learner,” the mother says, showing Daily Voice the note.
“He is being victimised every day and I want to know why, before it turns him into something else. We have seen a psychologist, as he needed counselling after the incident.”
The parents say they have opened a case with Kirstenhof police.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirms: “A case of a other person who ill-treats a child was opened and it is under investigation.”
WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond says according to the teacher, the boy had closed the door to the storeroom himself, and switched off the light as well.
“The educator apologised, and indicated that she would not use this form of discipline again,” she said.
“The principal referred the matter to the employer - the SGB - and a warning letter was issued to the educator concerned following a disciplinary hearing by the SGB. The SGB are considering what steps to take further.”
But the parents say the teacher is lying and called her a bully.
“My child is traumatised. No form of bullying is acceptable,” said the furious mother.