The students who were suspended on Saturday are from senior four, five, and six. One of the students who spoke on condition of anonymity said that trouble started on Friday night at around 10:00 PM after students in senior four and six fought over space to watch television.
825 male students
of St. Mary’s College Rushoroza in Kabale District have been suspended over inter-class fights.
who were suspended on Saturday are from senior four, five, and six. One
of the students who spoke on condition of anonymity said that trouble started
on Friday night at around 10:00 PM after students in senior four and six fought
over space to watch television.
in candidate classes have their own television room separate from students from
other classes. However, a student revealed that senior five students stormed
the television room for students in candidate classes after one of the televisions
developed a mechanical fault.
candidate students protested that they cannot watch television in the same room
with their juniors. Senior five students were overpowered and chased out. A
fight erupted after senior five male students who were chased mobilized
students and attacked the candidates.
Hatangimana, Police Community Liaisons Officer in charge of the Kigezi region, says
that the school administration alerted the police after trying to calm down the
situation in vain.
Hatangimana, police investigations have also unearthed that some students have been
having a feud with students in the candidate classes over extortion and
bullying. He says that police investigation has found out that during the
recent handover of students’ prefects, incoming prefects were charged 60,000
Shillings to receive instruments of power from the outgoing students.
He also says
that male senior five students have been angry after they were charged 20,000
Shillings each by the senior six students in order to be given beds in
dormitories. He also says that candidate students have been angry
following the expulsion of 25 students on accusations of bullying.
Byamukama, school head teacher declined to comment on the incident. An official
at the school who preferred anonymity said that the suspended students are
likely to return to school with their parents after two weeks.
police are still deployed at the school.