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Queens High says it wasn’t aware of the bulling that allegedly cost a learner his life

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Queens High School’s Principal, Johan Lourens, has refuted suggestions that he was aware of the bullying, that allegedly resulted in the death 14-year-old Brian Ndlovu.

Lourens made the remarks during a media briefing following Gauteng Education MEC, Matome Chiloane’s visit to the school.

The grade 9 boy passed away last week, after he was allegedly forced to ingest poison by his peer.

His mother says the teenager informed her, moments before he passed away, that he had been bullied since January.

Queens High’s principal, however, says there is no record of him being bullied.

Chiloane says CCTV footage from the school has been handed over to police and will form part of their investigation into Ndlovu’s death.

He says the footage will be vital in establishing the truth.

Ndlovu’s distraught family is calling for justice.
Brian’s mother Mildred Ndlovu, says she remembers exactly what happened that fateful day her son came back from school.
Mildred says she could see that her son was in pain and was struggling to sum up the courage to explain what exactly happened, which is when tried to ask him, who did this to him, to which he replied, some kid at school had been bullying him since January and the principal was well aware and did nothing.
Following Brian’s unexpected death, the Ndlovu family says the school’s principal has refused to accept that this incident could have taken place at school, rather insinuating that the teen might have taken his own life.
The Department of Basic Education says it is aware of the incident and is investigating the matter.
His mother, says her son probably kept quiet about what was going on, because he felt no one would listen to him, as the learner behind his alleged bullying came from a wealthy family.

While the Department cannot straight out rule that this was a bullying incident, it has reiterated its call for parents and guardians to report cases of bullying.

Steve Mabona has urged parents to report any bulling incidents to the Department, as the Department does not condone any form of bullying.

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Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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