Friday, September 15, 2006

Student gets a beating with a belt

By Odette Ismail
15 September 2006

A school student from Pretoria was taken to the intensive care unit of a hospital on Wednesday. She had been assaulted by a fellow student at a school function.

According to Independent Online Maricel Pienaar, 16 at Hoërskool Oos-Moot was allegedly attacked by another school girl with a belt in the school’s bathroom.

Pienaar claims that the incident occurred at a cross-country meeting. The other student asked
Pienaar for money, but when she said she didn’t have, the student became persistent. Pienaar then pushed her away.

The alleged attacker and a friend followed Pienaar to the bathroom where they threw water on her. They threatened her with the belt and according to Pienaar started hitting her till there was blood visible on the floor.

Pienaar’s mom Zelda said that her child feels very unsafe and that they had a meeting with the school principal where they are considering taking legal steps.

Pienaar was discharged from hospital yesterday but has to return to her specialist due to x-rays showing brain abnormalities.

This is after she already had a concussion when a garage door fell on her head. This beating to her head could cause epileptic seizures in the future.


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