School launches investigation after video of brick throwing incident goes viral

Stellenberg High School has launched an investigation after a video of a pupil hitting another with a brick surfaced.

In the video one boy is seen hurling the brick at another. The brick hits the second child on the head as shocked pupils watched‚ but it is unclear what led to the incident.

On Thursday the father of the victim refused to comment and said that the incident is being blown out of proportion.

“You choose what you want to write‚ I have nothing more to say on this‚” he said.

Both boys are in Grade 8.

In a statement the school said: “The Governing Body and management is treating this in a very serious light and will follow the procedures prescribed by the department to address the issue.”

Chairperson for the school governing body‚ Ati Butler said this type of behaviour was unacceptable.

“I will try to run a programme at the school again that showcases school violence and bullying … this type of behaviour is not in line with the school’s code of conduct‚” said Butler.

Butler warned that pupils could be expelled once the investigation is complete.

“There is a disciplinary process that will also be underway. But unfortunately I cannot discuss [it]‚” said Butler.

Spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department Paddy Attwell said they are aware of the incident. He also confirmed that an investigation was underway.

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