'School protecting bullies'
Fresh allegations of bullying have surfaced at Parktown Boys High School.
JOHANNESBURG - As fresh allegations of bullying surfaced at Parktown Boys High School on Monday, the institution denied any knowledge of intimidation at its premises.
It emerged a 13-year-old had to receive urgent medical attention when he fainted at the school after allegedly being forced to run in the heat.
The boy's parents told Eyewitness News they pulled him out of the school after he was allegedly victimised by older pupils because of his weight.
The school's governing body chairperson, David Everatt, said the school knew nothing about the alleged bullying of the 13-year-old.
"His parents never laid a complaint or raised an issue."
But the boy's mother said that was not the case.
She said two days after an incident, her husband called the principal who allegedly "protected" the bullies and justified their actions.
She said her family noticed there was something wrong with the boy when his personality changed just weeks after joining the school.
The boy's older brother, who also studied at the school, accused teachers of turning a blind eye to the so-called abuses happening at the school.
Meanwhile, despite photos of two pupils being cling-wrapped to a pole being circulated on social networks, the school has denied any knowledge about the incident.
The school has been rocked by similar incidents in the past. For a statement from the school click here.
For a statement from the school click here.