Hyde Park High School breaks its silence

The school on Thursday sent out a newsletter to parents explaining its side of the story.

Hyde Park High School. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Hyde Park High School Principal Manolis Vogiatzis has defended his handling of a complaint against a teacher accused of sending pornography to a 16-year-old pupil.

Almost a week after Eyewitness News broke the story, pupils on Thursday returned home with letters from Vogiatzis addressed to their parents.

The mother of the teenager has criticised the school for suspending the teacher only a week after her complaint while other parents have questioned why there was no communication about the scandal.

The letter claims a principal has no power to suspend a teacher without authorisation from the district office.

It describes the past few days as a difficult time and appealed to anyone with similar allegations to come forward.

But questions continue to be raised about whether the school tried to keep this matter quiet and is now missing an opportunity to educate pupils about the dangers of sexual grooming and social media.

The school is due to hold an annual general meeting later this month and it will likely have to deal with this issue.

The Gauteng Education Department has launched an investigation into the case and how it was handled.