No signs of bullying reported for 14 year old suicide victim - WCED

According to reports, a 14 year old boy, who was a grade 7 learner at John Graham Primary School in Plumstead, allegedly committed suicide as a result of being bullied.

The boy, who committed suicide at his home last week, was apparently being bullied by teachers who allegedly labelled him as stupid because he was a slow learner.

He was successfully integrated into John Graham Primary School a year ago from Oakley House School for Children with Special Needs.

Jessica Shelver,spokesperson for Western Cape MEC for Education, says they've sent psychologists and counselors to help learners deal with the trauma.

Shelver says the learner had been working with social workers throughout the year and the feedback from them was positive. He had integrated very well into the main stream schooling and there were no reports of bullying taking place.

We especially spoke to the social worker because she had a close relationship with the learner and she also confirmed that there were no signs of bullying

Jessica Shelver, Provincial Education Spokesperson

If it is not reported it is difficult for us to deal with it

Jessica Shelver, Provincial Education Spokesperson

WECD has an extensive anti-bullying policy and have also adopted a zero tolerance to bullying, says Shelver.

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