Former Pretoria Boys High School headmaster Bill Schroder has set the record straight about Elon Musk. For years, it was believed that the billionaire was bullied while he attended school in South Africa.
A letter from Musk’s headmaster made its way online
BizNews reportedly obtained a letter from Schroder where he cleared the air about Musk’s time schooling there. Schroder noted that there it had been well documented that Musk was bullied and unhappy before moving to Pretoria Boys High.
“It is well documented in a number of biographies that Elon was bullied and an unhappy schoolboy in a school in Johannesburg and was moved to Pretoria Boys High in Grade 10. There is no evidence that he was poorly treated at Boys High and when he matriculated, he went to Canada where his mother was living,”
the letter read.
In 2015, BizNews was allegedly contacted by Errol Musk, Elon’s father. Errol told the publication that he did not recognise his son after an assault he faced. This incident occurred at another Gauteng-based high school, not Pretoria Boys High.
Schroder speaks about the billionaire’s donation to his former high school
Schroder also spoke about Musk’s donations to the school. In the letter, he revealed that the business magnate made donations to Pretoria Boy’s High School on a number of occasions.
He shared that there was a R1 million donation but Musk requested that he not be contacted after that.
“It is true that Elon Musk did, at my request, give a donation for R1 million. What is not true is that he disliked the country or the school so intensely that he told me not to approach him again,”
Schroder’s letter read.
Speaking more about the donation, Schroder said it was upsetting that the amount of money Musk donated was leaked. He explained that he and the school’s secretary worked hard to do the fundraising, reports IOL.
“Until the publication of this article, the only thing a member of the Pretoria boys high community would know is that Elon Musk did donate as his name appears on a donor board together with his year group, making no differentiation between some who gave R100 or R1million,”
read the letter.