Vicious attack on Parlock Primary pupil

Ashmit Baichan’s bruised and battered face.

In the wake of a growing trend of school grounds turning into battle fields, yet another primary school pupil was pummeled black and blue in the face by another pupil in full view of schools pupils at Parlock Primary School last week.

Distraught single mother, Reshika Baichan of Bakerville Gardens in Newlands, said her only child, Ashmit, 13, a grade seven pupil, was kicked, fisted and verbally abused at the hands of an alleged dangerous and ruthless pupil who is in the same class as her son and is known for violent and cruel behaviour in school.

An unconfirmed source told the Rising Sun that this is not the first time the alleged perpetrator was involved in violence in school.

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Ashmit, a bright school pupil who was recently inducted as a school prefect this year, is still receiving medical treatment to his face and mouth.

Baichan who reported the incident to the Department of Education in a two page letter, outlying the alleged brutal assault on her child, said that since the horrific incident, her child is not the same person.

Baichan said, “He is not eating properly due to the severity of the injuries to his mouth, his sleeping patterns are broken and he is still traumatised by the horrible incident.”

Baichan said the drama unfolded after she received a call from the school informing her that her child had fainted. “I immediately rushed to the school and was greeted by the principal who said to me that it was not as bad as it looks. Every one kept telling me that my son collapsed. When I finally saw him, I was shocked and horrified. I realised that there was more to this,” she said.

Reshika Baichan, with her traumatised son, Ashmit.

 

Ashmit said the violent assault occurred after he was standing and chatting with two of his friends during the second lunch break. Speaking in a slurred voice, he said, “I was standing and talking to my friends when all of a sudden, I was grabbed from behind in a choke hold position. I screamed for him to let go of me but he continued to hold me tight around my neck to a point where I almost stopped breathing. He then pushed me to the ground and kicked me in my face. My friends tried to separate him from me but he became more aggressive by punching me on my face and mouth. I could feel my face burning and then lost consciousness. I was carried to the office. All I could hear was the principal saying, “take him to the sick room and put him on a bed.”

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Baichan said, “I do not believe that the principal acted adequately and responsible. He tried to play down the incident. The child who assaulted my son is known to be a violent person. This is not the first time he was involved in fights in school. The school is fully aware of this and should have taken steps to discipline the schoolboy before a child loses their life.”

Principal of the school, Mr PG Moodley who was aware of the incident, visited the boy’s home a few days later. He said, “While we condemn incidents of this nature in the strongest terms, presently the climate is conducive for studying. Unfortunately, incidents of this nature happen. I want to say that this matter is receiving our full attention.”

When the Rising Sun asked to contact the SGB chairman for a comment, the principal said he will contact the chairman and ask him to contact us. The Rising Sun is still awaiting his call.

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