Allegations of bullying and “cause of financial ruin” led to a South African school principal being dragged from her office by an angry mob of parents, reported The South African. The entire scenario, which could pass as a blooper from a sitcom or dramatic TV show, was caught on camera.
Footage shows the woman being carried on her office chair, feet off the ground, by the group of parents. What initially could pass as a celebration is quickly redirected into an act of protest when the principal is seen being abruptly binned from her seat, landing face-first on the ground. All the while, laughter is heard from bystanders in the background.
A second video shows the principal getting back up on her feet.
Parents chased away Laerskool #TheresaPark principal for allegedly abusing teachers who subsiquently quit their jobs, and is also accused of running the school into financial disrepute.
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According to IOL, Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, spoke out against the parent’s actions, condemning the behaviour as “unacceptable.”
“We are investigating the allegations that have been levelled against the principal and school governing body. We will communicate the outcome once the investigations are concluded.
“We must express our disappointment at the scenes of violence and intimidation at the said school that we witnessed on video clips shared with us this morning. Indeed it is unfortunate that parents resorted to such conduct in a school environment, exposing our children to such unpalatable behaviour.
“Furthermore, we would like to implore parents to address their grievances amicably without disrupting teaching and learning at the school as it is difficult to recover lost teaching time,” said Lesufi.