Parents of learners at a school in Gauteng South Africa have launched a scathing attack at a white teacher at Pinnacle College in Kyalami for threatening to kneel on black students’ neck as form as punishment. The parents vowed that they will kill the teacher in the same manner in which George Floyd was killed, if she continues with her racist threats. George, a black American died after a white cop forced his knee into his neck while he was pressed on the ground handcuffed.
The teacher Sonya de Vynck reportedly Grade 10 black students that if they disobey her task, she would do the threat. De Vynck speaking through a Microsoft conference call with the students she allegedly said, “If you do not hand in your practice drawings when we get back, then I will give you something to protest about, and maybe sit on your necks.”
However the teacher has since apologised for her actions but the parents have fired a volley of tired at de Vynck saying she must be fired forthwith. They parents did not have kind words for de Vynck and said her actions were not fair as she could put children through a traumatic experience. One of the parents Lindelwa Mrwata said her son told her that this was not the first time for the teacher to utter such racist threats.
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She said her son was shocked by the teacher’s sentiments and wants proper action to be taken against her.
Another parent Tumi Mosia, said de Vynck’s sentiments were not tolerated as a person who is entrusted to teach children. Another parent who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of having her child victimized called for de Vynck’s head.
Christo de Wit, the chief operating officer of Pinnacle College said they were aware of the incidents and it was currently under investigation. He said the school does not tolerate such kind of behaviour especially on teachers and the matter was being treated with urgency. De Vynck who could not be reached for comment has since offered an apology saying she did not mean any harm to the children.
“It was not my intention and I did not want to put someone down who lost their lives while people were watching and being helpless. I never wanted to offend you. I never wanted to offend Mr Floyd. I would never, I know you need time but just know that I am not a person like that, I am not a racist person. I would never have done that. It was a silly thing that popped into my head,” she said. Angie Makwetla the commissioner for the South African Human Rights Commission said they were not aware of the incident but they were looking into it.