Effingham Secondary School in Durban suspended classes on Friday after a fight allegedly broke out on the school grounds on Thursday amid unconfirmed racism allegations.
The school took to their Facebook page yesterday notifying the closure of school on Friday.
The post reads: “Due to the recent disruptive behaviour of learners school will be closed tomorrow.”
“Please note there will be an urgent parents meeting which will be held on Saturday 21 May 2022 at 09h00 in the school hall. The circuit manager will be addressing parents.”
This comes after videos of the pupils protesting outside the school went viral on social media. In a series of videos posted on Twitter on Thursday, Fidelity ADT security guards and Durban Metro Police officers can be seen dragging a pupil on the ground and pointing firearms at other pupils.
Another officer, who appears to be part of the Durban Metro Police, is seen pointing a firearm at a pupil who is attempting to get the guards to let go of the pupil they were dragging on the ground.
Calls to get comment from the Durban Metro Police went unanswered.
Apperantly this happened at Effingham Secondary School , Durban 🥺 pic.twitter.com/cjFvp7P4WQ
— Anele Fumba (@fumbanele) May 19, 2022
In a statement, Fidelity ADT said it responded to the scene after a fight broke out on the school grounds.
“Saps asked our officers to assist in restraining one of the learners involved in the fight,” it said. “It is important to note that our officer did not use excessive force, and was acting under the direction of the Saps.”
There is speculation on social media that the pupils were protesting against the school’s principal, who they accused of being involved in a racist incident.
When contacted, Effingham Secondary School refused to comment on the reason for the protest.
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