Tokologo is a depressed high school learner. Her schoolmates created fake profiles to spread rumours about her, trolling her and calling her names on Facebook. With a sombre look on her face, she says: “Sometimes they make all kinds of nasty comments – why I have lost weight and what not. There’s a lot that’s stressing me out. If it’s not my books, it’s the situation at home. They’re all just adding more to that.” 3.1 Is Tokologo’s reaction to her schoolmates appropriate? Explain. 1 mark for taking a stance on Tokologo’s reaction and 3 marks for the appropriate explanation. No explanation no mark for taking a stance. 1+ 3 = 4
I agree that Tokologo`s reaction to her schoolmates was in order. Her reaction and comments illustrate the negativity that her schoolmates have always thrown her way, and her letting go, reduces the stress and trauma that she might have endured if she had held on to them. Her letting go of the insults also help diffuse the conflicts that might have arisen if she held on to the insults and rumors.