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Boy's Broom Attack On Teacher Caught On Video
Footage of a boy violently attacking a teacher at a South African high school has led to government calls for the youngster to be punished.
A video posted on YouTube shows the student kicking and hitting the male teacher with a broom in a classroom of the Glenvista school in Johannesburg.
Other pupils can be heard cheering, laughing and egging the boy on during the assault, which reportedly happened on Wednesday.
"Get him," one boy is heard saying.
The teacher is seen walking away from his attacker and leaving the building, but the pupil - still armed with the broom - follows him into the street.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said she was "disturbed" by the attack.
She has called for the boy and those cheering him on to be punished.
"This incident must be condemned in the strongest possible terms and the relevant punishment must be met out," she said.
"The student responsible together with the other learners who were cheering him on should all be disciplined accordingly."
Mrs Motshekga has recommended that anyone who was there during the attack receive trauma counselling.
She said such violence would "not be tolerated" by either pupils or teachers in South African schools.
"Schools should remain a no-violence zone where educators and learners can feel safe and secure in order for teaching and learning to take place," she said.
Sky News has tried to contact Glenvista school about the assault.
Sky's Special Correspondent Alex Crawford, who is based in Johannesburg, said the attack has "has prompted much soul-searching" in South Africa.
"The video surfaced on the same day the South African Government released its annual crime statistics which some say are the worst in a decade," Crawford said.
"The rates for murder, robberies and hijackings are all up, alarming commentators who're calling on the Government and police to tackle the rise in violent crime more strenuously."