Sonya de Vynck, a white teacher at a private school in South Africa has been relieved of her duty after she threatened to punish the students by re-enacting the moments that led to George Floyd‘s death.
Recall that Floyd died on May 25 after a former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes while he was handcuffed.
According to reports, the life orientation and visual art teacher at Pinnacle College Kyalami in Johannesburg, had on June 4, during an online class, said she would sit on the students’ neck if they fail to complete their given tasks.
“If you don’t hand in your practice drawings when we get back, then I will give you something to protest about, and maybe sit on your necks.”
She was suspended on June 5 after parents and students reacted to her statement.
Although she tried to take back her words saying she is not a racist and meant no harm.
“It wasn’t my intention and I didn’t want to put someone down who lost their lives while people were watching and being helpless.”
“I never wanted to offend you. I never wanted to offend Mr Floyd. I would never – I know you need time but just know that I am not a person like that, I am not a racist person. I would never have done that. It was a silly thing that popped into my head,” she had said.
However, on Thursday, Pinnacle Colleges Chief Operating Officer, Christo de Wit announced that she won’t be returning to the school as she has been sacked.
“The disciplinary process for Mrs de Vynck has been concluded and thus we wish to inform you that as of the 23rd of June she will not be returning to Pinnacle College Kyalami. In line with Labour Relations Act and our internal Disciplinary Policy Mrs de Vynck’s right to appeal the outcome has been communicated with her.”