Gang-raped boy braves school again as bullies are behind bars

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Gang-raped boy braves school again as bullies are behind bars

Teachers say they and pupils can relax again after reign of terror by group of 13- and 14-year-olds

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A 14-year-old boy who was allegedly gang-raped by five of his classmates in a school toilet in the Free State has returned to class.
The traumatised teenager has not been attending lessons at his primary school in Selosesha in Thaba Nchu since early June after he was raped on two separate days. He also told police that he was raped by four of the five boys in September.
His 39-year-old mother confirmed that he returned to class last Tuesday on his own volition because “those children were not there anymore”.
“He told me that on his first day back, the school had welcomed him. He said it was nice to be back because there were no other bullies.”She said she was very happy as she desperately wanted him to get an education.
“He told me he wants to become a lawyer and I told him you have to study because you can’t become a lawyer without getting an education.”
The mother said that her son had already attended three counselling sessions with a private doctor in Bloemfontein – thanks to the generous support from a Johannesburg-based company that offered to pay for his counselling.
“I don’t speak about his incident to him as I don’t want to confuse him because he’s getting counselling now.”
The company that is paying for her son’s visits to the doctor also bought him clothes as well as a tablet that he is using to assist him in his studies.
She and the boy’s grandmother had noticed he was walking oddly and asked him what was wrong. After initially denying that there was anything wrong, the boy later told his mother that he was on his way home from school when one of the boys told him that the “boss” wanted him in the toilet.
Starting from the tallest to the smallest, they then raped him, he told his mother.A teacher at her son’s school, who wished not to be identified, said on Tuesday that order and discipline had once more been restored at the school after the boys’ arrest.
After the alleged rape, teachers told how they were also terrified of the boys as they had been bullied by them.
Several teachers admitted that the suspects made their lives hell.
The teacher said that the school had warned other pupils not to talk to the victim about the incident.
“He’s very quiet and that’s why the boys took advantage of him but he’s okay.”
He said that the governing body wanted to hold a hearing with the parents and expel the culprits from school.
“Unfortunately, it could not happen as the learners were not present but if they are granted bail and return to school, they will be immediately suspended. The teachers, as well as the majority of parents, don’t want them back at the school.”
“Teaching and learning could not take place because they were disrespecting teachers. They even went to the extent of hiding behind the teachers’ toilets to hear what educators were saying while in the toilet,” the teacher said.A school dossier of incidents of bullying committed by the five – four 14-year-olds and one 13-year-old – which Times Select has seen, revealed that one of them allegedly touched a girl’s private parts, and another was found surfing porn on the Internet “instead of accessing curriculum-related matter”.
The dossier contained details of one of the boys allegedly stabbing a pupil with a pair of scissors and attempting to strangle another.
The boys, who each face three counts of rape, have made several appearances in the Selosesha Magistrate’s Court. They last appeared on August 3 and will be in court again on Wednesday for a formal bail application.
A police spokesperson for Thaba Nchu, Sergeant Martin Xuma, confirmed that the five are being held at the province’s Thabo Mofutsanyana Secure Care Centre.

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