Athlone pupils suspended after high school fight videos surface on social media
The pupils involved in two violent fights at an Athlone high school have been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Monday.
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says the principal is investigating the fights which were captured on camera and shared on social media.
It is a school in Athlone. The principal of the school is aware of the situation. He received the videos on Monday.Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for Education MEC Debbie Schafer
WCED ministerial spokesperson Jessica Shelver says there were no serious injuries and the victims are receiving counselling.
Shelver says the department has become concerned about the increasingly violent nature of bullying at Western Cape schools.
She's also alarmed by the actions of fellow learners who are either bystanders, spurring on the violence or filming the incident to spread online.
What is most concerning for us is the violent nature of the video.Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for Education MEC Debbie Schafer
The principal of the Athlone high school has told the WCED that the school is facing a scourge of drug and alcohol abuse.
Last year, 72.9% of pupils tested in Western Cape high schools came up positive for alcohol and illegal substances.
Pupils and parents who need counselling and support because of bullying or substance abuse can contact the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47.
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