An excellent South African water polo coach and math teacher abruptly resigned from the prestigious boys‘ school at St Andrew’s College in the Eastern Cape after illegally bringing a boy into his room one night.
My Only Story Season 2: Back to School is a podcast series and live survey. This podcast is about suicide and sexual abuse, and some people might find that disturbing. If anything affects you while listening to this episode, please tell someone. If you are in South Africa, you can call SADAG on 0800 456 789.
An excellent South African water polo coach and math teacher abruptly resigned from the prestigious boys’ school at St Andrew’s College in the Eastern Cape after illegally bringing a boy into his room one night.
Despite worrying evidence of inappropriate behavior, the teacher moved to another boys’ school the same year and is currently teaching at another private school in Johannesburg.
In the second episode of My only story: back to school podcast series, co-produced by the non-profit organization My Only Story and News24, reveals the identity of this teacher.
This live investigation was sparked by the suicide of Thomas Kruger, 16, a 10th grade student at St Andrew’s College at the time.
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Almost three years later, since the tragic death of his son, his father Charl, a financial advisor, still wonders about what may have weighed so deeply on the teenager that he committed suicide on sacred grounds. of a school he fought against thick and thin. .
When his son enrolled in the prestigious school, Charl said Thomas showed no signs that he could have struggled with mental or emotional stress. Instead, he was excited to attend the renowned school after learning about the scholarship and applying for it himself.
By the time he reached his sophomore year, Thomas, now in grade 9, showed drastic changes in behavior and attitude, his father recalls.
At the time, the 166-year-old Anglican school said it had carried out investigations after the teenager’s death and found no triggering event.
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