Glenvista pupil expelled for attacking teacher

A multiparty disciplinary committee found the pupil guilty of assault and bringing the school into disrepute.

A multiparty disciplinary committee found the pupil guilty of assault and bringing the school into disrepute.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng education department confirmed that a grade 8 pupil and a classmate who filmed him assaulting his teacher with a chair and a broom have been expelled from the Glenvista High School.

The 13-year-old was filmed on a cellphone camera beating his teacher with various objects in September last year - in full-view of his classmates - who urged him on while laughing at the incident.

In the footage, the pupil is seen assaulting his teacher with a chair and then a broom, while the teacher is shown walking away with what's believed to be the boy's backpack.

Screenshot from a viral cell phone video shows a grade 8 Glenvista High School student attacking his teacher with a broom on 18 September 2013. It was sent to EWN by a concerned parent.

A multiparty disciplinary committee found the pupil guilty of assault and bringing the school into disrepute and recommended he be expelled from the school.

Eyewitness News understands the pupil who filmed the incident and distributed the footage has been suspended.

The department's Phumla Sekhonyane says the two teenagers started this year at undisclosed schools.

"In cases like these we place learners at alternative schools because of the constitutional right to education. Yes the learner was expelled at Glenvista but we've placed him at an alternative school."

The video sparked outrage when it went viral on the internet, with basic education Minister Angie Motshekga calling for the boy to receive the harshest punishment.

Twelve other pupils who were present in class during the assault also underwent disciplinary action but it's unclear if they have also been suspended.