UPDATED COMMUNICATION FROM HEADMASTER- 13 FEBRUARY 2017
PUBLIC STATEMENT- 10 FEBRUARY 2017
Dear King Edward VII School Community
UPDATE: VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE ASSAULT ON TWO GRADE 10 LEARNERS BY TWO GRADE 11 LEARNERS AND THE SUBSEQUENT DISTRIBUTION OF THIS INCIDENT.
Today I had a meeting with the Gauteng MEC of Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi and officials from the Gauteng Department of Education, Head Office and our own North Eastern District.
Following this meeting and investigation into the matter the following has been agreed:
1) This incident and the perpetrators of this assault will face a full School Governing Body Disciplinary Hearing in the week, 20 February to 25 February 2017. The 3 perpetrators (2 assailants and 1 videographer) have been suspended from School as of Friday, 10 February 2017. The final date of the hearing has yet to be communicated to all involved.
2) The Gauteng Department of Education will call for an independent inquiry into this incident and investigate the existence (or not) of Institutional bullying / initiation. This inquiry will work in consultation with all Stakeholders (Educators, Learners, School Governing Body, Parents and School Management Team).
Where necessary this will extend to other schools.
3) There will be Psycho-Social support offered to all learners at King Edward VII School by the Gauteng Department of Education. This will not only be for the boys’ involved in this incident but will be offered for any boy who has experienced any form of bullying or initiation.
I look forward to working with all to ensure that we offer a truly safe environment for all our boys.
VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA OF TWO KING EDWARD VII LEARNERS ASSAULTING TWO OTHER LEARNERS
On 9 February 2017, a concerned citizen sent a video clip to the School of an extremely abhorrent case of assault on the King Edward VII School Campus.
The footage is extremely disturbing and in no way reflects the ethos or traditions of our School.
The incident occurred on the 26th of January 2017 prior to the start of the School day. The assailants and videographers have been identified and will be dealt with according to our Code of Conduct. The boys in the video were in Grade 10 and Grade 11. The victims will be afforded counselling and our full support.
The School views this in a most serious light and is deeply distressed as to how our School has been depicted.
The behaviour of two boys has sadly brought the School and its fine name into disrepute.
We as a School accept full responsibility for this incident and will continue to educate our boys using a value based education. We will also continue to educate our young men regarding mutual respect for each other as well as understanding the legal and moral issues around the distribution of such content on Social Media.
We do not condone this behaviour and offer our unreserved apology to anyone who has been caused any distress due to this incident.
KES Letter from Mr Lovatt re school conduct 10 February 2017.pdf