A parent has opened a police case against a coach at Rosebank Junior School in Cape Town who allegedly forced a group of Grade 6 boys to remove their pants one by one to ‘search’ them after another pupil’s money went missing.
The parent was made aware of the incident by her son who told her the male staff member called in each student one at a time on the school grounds and asked them to drop their pants and stand in their underwear with their backs to him.
The boy said he refused to do it but was told that every boy had to whether they wanted to or not.
Western Cape police have confirmed that a case of crimen injuria or the act of impairing the dignity and/or privacy of another had been reported and that the incident is currently under investigation.
A meeting was reportedly held with parents at the school on Monday evening to address the actions of the coach, which are not acceptable and not in line with the school’s procedure.
The coach will face a disciplinary hearing and all pupils involved in the incident will be provided with counselling and support by the school.
This is the third case in the last two months involving teacher misconduct in schools in the Western Cape.
Cape Town ETC made efforts to contact Rosebank Junior School but no comment was received by the time of publication.