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SGB chairman's son witnessed Glenvista attack

The adopted son of the Glenvista High School SGB chairperson was among the witnesses.

A screengrab from a cellphone video which shows a Grade 8 Glenvista High School pupil assaulting a teacher with a broom. The video was sent to EWN by a concerned parent.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has reliably learned that the adopted son of the Glenvista High School governing body chairperson was among boys in the class of a teacher who was assaulted there.

A grade eight pupil was filmed on a cell phone throwing objects at his teacher while his classmates cheered him on.

The video went viral throughout the country.

The teenager has since been suspended along with the pupil who recorded the incident and 13 others who witnessed it.

Chairperson of the Glenvista High School governing body Michael Atti has confirmed his adopted son was in the classroom when the incident was filmed on cell phone.

But he says his son is not one of those suspended.

"I'm not talking in my capacity as a chairman of the governing body, I'm talking as his father."

Atti has declined to comment whether or not his son will act as a witness when 15 of his suspended classmates undergo a disciplinary hearing.

"That's private and confidential."

The school has refused to comment further on the matter but it is believed the suspended pupils will know their fate within the next two weeks.

Last week, the school's governing body held an urgent meeting with parents, some of whom called for the boy to be suspended or publicly apologise.