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‘Racial Separation’ Picture Only Captured Single Moment: Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke

‘Racial Separation’ Picture Only Captured Single Moment: Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke

A photo that an elementary school teacher in South Africa took of her classroom to soothe parents nervous about their children's first day of school instead generated shock and outrage after it showed four black children sitting at a small table in a corner, separate from the white children seated at a larger table.

On Thursday, the department announced that the teacher had been suspended, pending the outcomes of the investigations.

'The barbaric conduct displayed by private schools of racial segregating children is equally the same as giving innocent children experience of an apartheid system'.

According to her statement, a little after 09:00, as she was settling down at home, she received a message on the school's WhatsApp group chat. Some black parents whose children have been refused admission to Laerskool Marble Hall say only black children have been placed on the waiting list.

Since posting the image on her Facebook wall, it has gone viral and garnered worldwide attention.

The mom added she was not sure how to move forward at the moment.

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She said no one said a thing about the separation of the grade R class, so, she spoke to another parent outside of the WhatsApp group. "I can't help but think what kind of people can subject such hate to a mere 19month-year-old child", the mother wrote on Facebook.

The mother, who is not being named to protect the identity of her child, told TimesLIVE that her child's first day in grade R had initially started off smoothly.

Image copyright. Image caption After a backlash from parents the school reportedly shared this picture of the children sitting in integrated groups What has the response been?

Some white parents have removed their children from the school because they fear for their safety.

"When a school outing occurs, what you see in the classroom is what you will see on the outing".

These three examples show a trend more than coincidence. Any further updates will be published as they trickle in.