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17 year-old bully still in Grade 5; who was troubling students; and teachers was finally arrested

While all South African schools are celebrating matric passes and the departure of older students from their schools; John Marubini school; at Phiphidi outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo; were struggling to get rid of an older student.

The 17 year-old boy is still doing Grade 5; following numerous failures and not attending school half the time. This year; he returned to school and demanded condonation from teachers; in order to move to the next class.

The rogue student; used to beat up other students; was rude to the teachers and used to bring dangerous weapons to school. He also brought his criminal gang; who did not attend the school; to intimidate everyone.

The School Governing Body (SGB); and the principal; failed to expel the student from school; after meetings had been held regarding his behaviour and an agreement was reached to expel him.

The Phiphidi community; were criticising the SGB for dragging their feet in expelling the problem student. Some of the parents had decided to remove their children from the school; fearing for their safety.

The suspect was finally arrested on Sunday; following a complaint by parents that they were dragging their feet in arresting him after he had assaulted other students.

The teachers realised that in order to bring things back to normal at the school; he had to be arrested; some parents have returned their children to school after hearing of his arrest.

A teacher told a local newspaper that a decision was taken to expel the suspect from the school specifying that he is no longer allowed in the school yards for any reason. The teacher said a letter detailing his expulsion has been written.

The spokesperson for the education department in Limpopo; Tidimalo Chuene; told a local newspaper that; as a department; they will not comment; because the matter is now being handled by the police.

What a waste of time for the student who chose to become a bully instead of studying. Demanding a promotion without putting in any work; shows how lazy this student is. Dropping out would have served him better than prison.

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