THE mother of a 13-year-old Kenmont school pupil on the Bluff in Durban, who was suspended for carrying a knife and threatening a pupil, claimed yesterday that the action against her child was racially motivated.
The school for children with special needs suspended the pupil in May after he was captured on closed-circuit television brandishing a knife in class.
The school was in court yesterday to seek a court interdict against the return of the pupil to the school, claiming that he was a risk to other pupils.
The mother said she had done all the medical assessments required to determine if the child was mentally fit to return to school.
"The child has received professional guidance and counselling provided by the department of education psychologist, who assessed him during the past three weeks.
"The psychologist declared him fit to return to school and the school ignored this," the mother said.
She said she was now convinced that the school's refusal to readmit her child was racially motivated.
"This is not the first time a pupil has behaved badly and those pupils were not treated the way my child has been treated," she said.
Parents at the school, however, feel that the return of the child to school would not be the best decision and they fear for the safety of their children.
Rob Allan, vice-chairperson of the school governing body, said they would protest.
The decision on whether the child should go back to the school remains with the department of education.
Department of education Umlazi district director Mlu Ntombela was at the school yesterday to reinstate the child.
Ntombela said after having sought the help of a psychologist, who put the child on treatment for three weeks, the child has been declared fit to return.
"It is my duty to make sure that every child is at school," said Ntombela.
He said he had personally taken the child back to school and that no one should interfere with that.