An altercation between a teacher and parent at Fred Norman Secondary School in Johannesburg turned ugly on Friday 12 August when she told her pupil’s grandmother that she “will never like coloureds.”
The unnamed teacher, who recorded the altercation on her phone and shared it on social media, was later suspended by the education department on Monday 15 August. But this was not before a group of parents tried to remove her, TimesLIVE reports.
TEACHER ESCORTED BY POLICE
According to the publication, the female teacher had to be escorted out of the school by police. This was after angry parents tried to forcibly remove her for telling a learner’s granny she “did not like coloureds”.
As the educator left the school in a police van, a parent was heard shouting “you racist pig”.
In an audio clip, the chairperson of the school’s governing body, told parents that the school only became aware of the incident on Sunday.
“Someone sent the video to the district director. He called the principal to the district today so they can address the issue. We are waiting for feedback from the district director,” the chairperson told the angry parents at the meeting on Monday.
However, the parents were not willing to wait for the district director and wanted the educator to be removed with immediate effect.
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES AN INVESTIGATION
On Monday, the Gauteng Department of Education revealed that it has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident and said the outcome will be communicated in due course.
Spokesperson, Steve Mabona confirmed that the affected educator has been precautionarily removed from the school until further notice.
The incident took place last week when the pupil’s grandmother visit the school after her granddaughter was suspended from the classroom for her history lesson.
In a three-minute viral video clip, the teacher is heard telling the elderly woman: “You will come and teach that trashy child of yours.”
She can also be heard calling the granny “trash”. The elderly woman is also heard shouting back at the teacher as learners stand by and watch.