Highveld Park High ordering pupils to behave

“It is a total disgrace to the school and to each and every teacher and decent scholar attending your school. It is just proof that neither the headmaster, any of the teachers or even parents have any type of control over these misbehaved hooligans”

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Traffic is a nightmare with disrespectful schoolchildren

A Video of two Highveld Park Highschool learners who jumped in front of cars, slapping them while dancing and screaming, emerged in December and caused a great stir on social media.
“It is a total disgrace to the school and to each and every teacher and decent scholar attending your school. It is just proof that neither the headmaster, any of the teachers or even parents have any type of control over these misbehaved hooligans,” a concerned facebook user said.
The video has since been removed and according to the principal, Estelle Kleingeld, the one learner was a gr. 12 learner last year and since he is out of school, nothing can be done to prosecute him. The other one never returned back to school. His father asked for a transfer letter, but apparently, he didn’t collect it and he did not return his books either.
The school was very helpful in assisting with answers and it seems like they are aware of the problem of their pupils disrupting traffic.
According to Estelle, the big problem is the vendors and the children buying from them. A letter was sent to the parents on 22 January, telling them that they are not allowed to double park or park in the bus lanes when collecting or dropping off their children. The letter also encouraged parents to have a strict talk with their children about buying from vendors as this causes lane blockages when buying from them and that they are receiving lots of complaints regarding this matter.
The letter also read: “They (learners) are not allowed to dance in the streets in front of any cars. We as the school have addressed Road Safety numerous times with the learners.”
The school also sent a letter to the traffic department on 22 January, stating that the school has a problem with vendors that sell food items outside the gates. According to this letter they have phoned the traffic department and the police to remove them, but that they (the vendors) reappear when the officers leave. According to Estelle, they have spoken to vendors many times but to no avail.
“There is a major safety concern as the learners run across the road to buy from these vendors, who park where the buses need to park. We are afraid that one of these days there might be an accident with one of our learners, which might result in serious injury or death.
Estelle said that she has also sent a letter to the Mayor, but nothing happened. Now the school, according to Estelle, have appointed learners to stand guard and make sure that no one leaves school grounds if their lift is not there yet. This after another concerned citizen drove past the school on a Friday afternoon, and one of the learners were playing with a ball in peak traffic, almost causing a serious accident.
“If you have evidence of this, please come and show us so that we can take action against the guilty party, who will sit in on the meeting and will have to answer for himself,” Estelle said.
This after being told that her first response of “children will be children” was unacceptable.
Maybe learners and parents will take note before someone loses a leg, an arm or a life. Gwendie Venter

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