Bullying in South Africa schools have become more prominent issue following an incident of bullying led to the death of 15-year-old Lufuno Mavhung
In the latest bullying incident going viral, a boy from Belgravia High School set fire to a girl’s hair while taunting her in class.
The incident took place on Monday morning and was recorded by their classmates while the teacher was out of the classroom.
The boy, wearing a brown and white beanie, is seen taking a lighter from another pupil and standing behind the learner where he then goes to pour a liquid on her before he sets her ponytail alight.
The 14-second video, recorded by a girl sitting behind the victim, starts with the boy pouring a drink over the girl’s hair.
Another boy comments: “Kyk hier, haar hare kan nie nat raak nie.” (Look here, her hair doesn’t get wet.) The boy with the beanie then asks for a lighter from another classmate and someone tells him: “Jy, ha-ah!” (Hey you, ha-ah).
The boy laughs as he sets the girl’s ponytail alight. He quickly douses the flames with his hand while the rest of the learners burst out laughing.
The video went viral on social media platforms, sparking outrage.
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says they are aware of the incident, and departmental spokesperson Millicent Merton said that “the learner was suspended as a precautionary measure pending a disciplinary hearing”.
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