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What to do when your teacher harasses you.

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OMG! My teacher is so inappropriate, leaving love notes in my book. Is he allowed to do that? Teachers are supposed to look after us and guide us to be the best form of ourselves and not make us feel unsafe at school.

When a teacher acts incorrectly, embarrasses you in front of the class or makes you feel uncomfortable; we call that harassment. It can be either physical, emotional or sexual. If a teacher has ever done this to you, you can report it to your school principal, teacher or a trusted adult, and they will be able to support you with the appropriate next steps.

Things your teacher should never do:

  1. Comment on your body.
  2. Ask you our - A teacher should never tell you that they love you or want to be in a relationship with you.
  3. Touch your body - A teacher should never touch you or make you touch them. It may even be something that seems small like getting too close to you, but if you feel uncomfortable it is not ok.
  4. Call you names - Calling you names like fat or rubbish is unacceptable from a teacher. They are supposed to empower you not put you down.

If you need help from trained counsellors, call Childline South Africa on their 24-hour toll-free helpline: 08000 55 555.

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Nomthawelanga

What should I do

July 15, 2022, 3:46 p.m.

Nomthawelanga

Hi guys I am new but all I know is that teachers are so brave

July 15, 2022, 3:31 p.m.

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Nomthawelanga

My English teacher always say that he loved me and when I am trying to tell my mom but I can't because my mom is very strit and now I am very scared of my teacher even when he asking me a question (would you kiss a boy)

Jinx

Look at him right in the eyes and tell him to stop him bloody nonsense or you'll report him 😠😠😑

Nomthawelanga

I hope that will help me because tomorrow I am going to school and thank you very much for your advice 😊

Jinx

Tell me if it works

Nothawelanga

Jinx thank you very much for your help thanks uyazi I do not know ukuthi ngizojubongangani yoh I did went through a lot yohπŸ˜ͺ😍😭😭😭😭😭😭

Jinxi

Let's chat on Moya 0724286491

Nomthawelanga

Ok I will add you

Lyk me i dont lyk it when dey r disriminating my body thy make to have a low self esteem of my body some tym i fell ashamed of my body "why am skinny"

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

Ο‰Ρ”β„“β„“ тєα’нєяѕ Ρ‚Π½Ρ”Ρƒ αяє тєα’нєяѕ

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

You should stand up for yourself and tell that teacher that's wrong what he's doing

March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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Nomthawelanga

Yes but I have no power to say that and teachers at school know me as a respectful child what they would say

If your teacher is making you feel uncomfortable,report it to the principal or a trusted adult

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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That's true

Uhm there's a teacher at school he likes to tell mii that he loves mii.....

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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It is wrong for a teacher to harass a student. Talking helps.Open up and tell your parents or someone you can trust because if you keep your mouth shut you will never find closure. Talk before it's too late...

Nomthawelanga

Girl I don't have much to say and all I wanted to say is that ,,,,,,,, girl follow your heart if you don't want to Report him don't and if you want to ,do it because it will get late if you want another advice i am 11 years name is Nothawelanga bye😍

Shame baby girl you'll be alright as long as you won't let that stupid teacher intimidate you in any way

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

baby never let that stupid teacher harass u ....let principal to deal with him

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

Um a girl who is diong Grade 12 this year.I have been through a lot in the last two years.my teacher told me that she loves me..what more worse she is a female as am I.when she recognise that this might make lose her job.She opened protection order against me regarding that am the one who want her.how am I suppose to do to reveal a truth?

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hi Springster. Thank you for your comment. This must be difficult to deal with on your own and is in no way your fault. Have you thought of speaking to your parents, a mentor or a professional for support. Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can call Childline SA. They will offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. Contact them if you are scared, depressed or feel alone. They are here to help you! Contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website: http://www.childlinesa.org.za, Facebook and Twitter page for useful information.

Nomthawelanga

N.O

My teacher once asked me to have sex with him and he is used to sleeping with school gals.But Im not sure becoz I also want to break my virginity. Wat must I do?

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hi LadyM. Thank you for sharing your comment. Being attracted to your teacher is a natural emotion to feel, to act on that attraction however isn't such a good thing to do. Your teacher should be there to educate and mentor you and not to approach you in a sexual way. You should never do anything you aren't 100% comfortable with and it doesn't mean that other students have done it that you should too.Your teacher could get into trouble for dating young girls especially girls from your school. It's important for you to seek help from someone you trust whether it be the principal, a parent or a professional. Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can call Childline SA. They will offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. Contact them if you are confused, feel alone and if something is happening to you, or someone you know. They are here to help you! Don't forget you can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website: http://www.childlinesa.org.za, Facebook and Twitter page for useful information.

Some times don't let peer pressure make u decide for u because once u lost ur virginity there is no Turning back as all ur friends are not virgins be proud to be a virgin girl cause that's the only thing u have in ur precious life

No no no you just cant have sex whit your teacher how will you look at him after tha?gal thats not right at all

Angela

Do as ur hrt wnts gurl but mke are uu don't RTT it late

A male teacher at school is hitting on me.So he chatting with me on social media. I'm starting to develop feelings for him.But I know that he wants me to have sex with him. Wat must I do coz my heart wants him but my head says the opposite. Please help

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hi LadyM. Thank you for your comment. Firstly I would advise you block him on social media. There is no reason for you to be communicating with him after school hours. Secondly, it's perfectly normal that he has made you feel special because you are special. You don't need him to tell you that for you to believe it. I'd suggest you surround yourself with good friends who make you feel good about yourself. Have you thought of speaking to a parent, friend or professional for support? Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can call Childline SA. They will offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and you can contact them any time of the day or night. Contact them if you are scared, depressed or feel alone. They are here to help you! Contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. You can also check out their website: http://www.childlinesa.org.za for more information. You don't need to deal with this alone.

LadyM,Gabi is ryt... Block him

Just block him,if he keeps on doing strange things like touching you or telling you that he loves you report him to the principal

do not fall for him plz ,think about your future and were you want to be in life

do not fall for him plz ,think about your future and were you want to be in life

You just cant have se whit your teacher,how will you look at him in the classroom after that geez!!

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Sometimes they did because the way you dress your self

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hi Springster, no one has the right to victimize you because of the way that you dress. That's how bullies justify their actions.

A teacher is like a parent by saying that I mean that our parents send us to school because they trust the teachers to look after us and treat us as their own. We are sent to school to learn not to be harassed by malicious sex predators 😏

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hi Springster, thank you for your comment.

Teachers Are The One's Who Supposed To Support Us And Not To Harass Us . The Are Also Our Parents So They Must Behave Like One's

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hey Springster, true!

Ey nowadays this goes in wrong direction, so girls you need to be careful what are you do or your behavior in front of your teachers.

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March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

IF I CAN GIVE YOU ADVICE.... NEVER LOOK AT HIM WHEN HE EXPLAIN THE WORK FOR THE CLASS AND DONT BE WITH HIM ALONE...

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Angela

Wy shndt ii luk at um ? Does it luk lik im leading hm or sumthg?

I would say dn pay attention to wat he tryna do or prove

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

I report to principal

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

Don't take this lightly.... They need to be reported

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Mmh that true

My LO teacher always beat girls on their bum but when we report him to the principal they don't suspend him or anything wat can we do

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Tell ur parents..

yeah my Business Studies teacher is so cruel well known even the whole around the scool this is not good at coz coporal punishment is never a good going way foward of learning and teaching πŸ‘Ž

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

Its OK to ask for help.and being scared is also ok you just have a to do what feels right to you

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

Guy's it a bad idea to date a teacher cause u gonna get pregnant and u won't be able to go to school

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hey Mlangeni, thanks for this comment, like you said it's always important to report inappropriate behaviour from a teacher to your school principal, teacher or a trusted adult.

That's true Lebo every girls focus must be school because nowadays matric certificate also count nowadays no jobs if you don't have a matric certificate so I wish all girls will pull up there socks

Guy's it a bad idea to date a teacher or to let him touch u it not good go and report him plzz Guy's listen to me

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Noooo teachers are suppose to be ur parents when you are at school . When you go to school your main focus should be on your studies

Hey Mlangeni, thanks, this is really good advice.

Having an extra relationship with a teacher is unacceptable for you and for him as well. The teachers at school are supposed to be your parent not the other way around. It is better to not entertain such things at school

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hey Neverless, you are totally right. Power to this comment!

There's a teacher in my school ...he calls me with names And that's not right u know

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

#Amandla! You got the power . Thanks for the story now we will know what to do when the at time comes so empower ourselves in my thoughts girl are treated like nothing soo girls let's rise and be an empire of girls were by enjoy it might be studying , working etc..... because most of the girls stucked into pregnancy and they didn't go back to school and Educate themselves again now they are in tarvens whereby the is no life in a tarven busy drinking alcohol but her future is still not going anywhere it is just standing looking her in the eye .I'm kinetically not judging you . Thank you my sister and brother's

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hello Neria We are glad that you were inspired by the story.Thank you Springster.

Yes I AGREE HOW ARE WE SUPPOSE TO TRUST OUR TEACHERS IF WE FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE A ROUND THEM

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Just tell yourself that you are going to school to study and go for my career choice that is loved by me what the teacher says go report him if you don't chances are he might rape you so be quick and mortuod

yah at school our teachers like to call my classmates funny names ad its not acceptorble 2

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

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Hello Bongani46 We agree with you.It is not nice nice to call people with funny names because it makes them not to be confident at all.They might end up not even participating in group work because they feel as if their opinion is not valued.Thank you for the comment Springster.

Bongani46 that is bad because your teacher makes fun about your class mate which the class will call him or her with those names I will like you to tell you class mate how beautiful she /he is boost him or her always when she comes to feeling sad or feeling low or losing her or his self confidence tell him you as your class mate loves him or her

Me too galy my teacher harrase me say am agly my twin is baboon. The next in moorning when i look my self in the mirra i criyed i did not go to school becouse i was scard. my mom ask me why i u crying i tell him what teacher tell me and my mom say dont mind him yuo are so buetiyfully than him. The next day i go to school befoer i class room door i told my self what watherver she go to i will never mind him i came to school to leaner i did not came to school to call by painfully name. So galy dont mind him or give him yuor atetion.angain sorry galy u are go to be fine

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hello Tecla Thank you for sharing your story with us.Let us first say that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.People are different and we should never make them feel as if they are useless.No one is better than the other one.If ever someone makes you feel bad about yourself you should tell an adult.We are glad you told your mom about it.If it continues tell your mom again and she will be able to help you.Please let us know if it continues or if everything is fine.Thank you Springster.

Hey...me too my teacher Harasse say 'Am Ugly n stupid".

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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In these nowadays teachrs think that they got some stupid right to harasse and talk silly things because u r comedy to her

I think it's true most teachers nowadays prey on your girls like us. So we should STOP IT!!!!

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hey Lyson, thanks for the awesome comment and we definitely agree with you!

Exactly they have no rights to do such a thing. Amanda do something to stop him. Jeez like dude Omg

Ey if is a Teacher that means is ur guidnce is more like ur parents even if is young as if u can date him, yes love iz no age but if is ur Teacher she/he must think about what u come to skool for bcz if u date ur Teacher that is usually not end well, first thing will happen Student wont like u bcz of special treatment u get from ur Teacher, second thing ur Teacher will be a destruction wen he get what he want from u n he will start going after other student, thrd thing students will lol at u n u will start thinking that u useless n nothing n that will lead u to commit suicd

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Stop abusing children coz they are di future

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hello Powa We totally agree with you. You are the future and need to be protected from anything bad.

Ignore him/her and mind your own business

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

noy ryt

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Enough is enough ....where should we run for help if our own fathers and uncles treats us like this We should put a stop to this πŸ˜’πŸ˜”πŸ’”

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

No means no...we girls had suffered enough It's time to take an action cz when we talk they don't listen

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

U have to report yr teacher to yr parent or to any teacher I trust at yr school dear

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

You must get aperson who will advase you

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Thanks

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

I also hv this Sir who's becoming nuisance now...the guy is now buying me lunch at school He actually asked if I could go out with him and watch a movie...I said no And on Friday he wanted to come over my crib to drop "something" he bought for me ! I asked wat is it he said I'll see it when he arrive...I made up an excuse saying I'm at Heidelberg he said "who said a delivery can't be made in Heidelberg"πŸ’€πŸ’” We chatting on Facebook and I'm trying by all means to distance myself His starting to scare me tbh

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Angela

Gurl report hm coz nw he seems lik a stalker wo wnts to get his way ka wena mogurl dnt let hm report hm OKπŸ˜‰

My teacher always touches my vagina, he fingerd me once... What should I do? But I like it

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Hey Springster! Sorry for the delay, I had some technical issues. I am pleased you felt able to share your thoughts, it's a really brave first step. Have you thought about talking to an adult that you can trust about this? This could be anyone from your parents/grandparents, a relative like an aunt, a neighbour or teacher. Sadly, we can't talk to you directly but you can get extra advice from CHILDLINE SA. They can offer you counselling over the phone. You do not need to give your name and can call them 24/7. Their toll free helpline is : 0800 055 555 or check out https://www.childlinesa.org.za/ you will receive the support you need, by a friendly person trained to help you in a confidential way. Take care.