Aniesa Sumbinjana, a 12 year old Khayelitsha pupil is afraid to go to school after she had her ear torn in a bullying incident.
Aniesa Sumbinjana, a Grade 7 pupil at Nkazimlo Primary School, had to have nine stitches in her ear after she was teased and beaten, said her mother Lunga Sumbinjana. She said Aniesa came home last Wednesday crying, with blood running down her shirt.
When Sumbinjana asked Aniesa what had happened, Aniesa said she was beaten by a pupil.
The distraught mother says her child came home in tears and with blood all over the upper body. When Sumbinjana asked Aniesa what happened the daughter said that she was teased by her classmates about her low marks and how thin she is.
The bully took her book and showed the class her marks and threw it away.
Sumbinjana says her bullied child has not been to school ever since the incident occurred and she is hurt because the child has lost her self confidence.
Western Cape Education Department spokesperson Millicent Merton confirmed the incident was reported to the department.
Merton said the Western Cape Education Department views bullying very seriously and takes constructive steps to address it in schools.
The school extended an invitation to the parents to meet today or tomorrow.
In another seperate incident Donette Ngonefi, a Grade 10 pupil at Salt River High, was reported to have been attacked in an alleged bullying incident at the school.
The tension began when she was elected to be the class monitor and fellow pupils were allegedly against her appointment because she was a foreigner, reports read.
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