Thursday, March 24

Principal, teachers in serious trouble for brutalising a 14 yr old, SS 2 student in Bariga

The Lagos State Government through its legislative arm has decided to probe the alleged brutality suffered by Miss Ogechi Blessing, a 14-year old student of the Eva Adelaja Secondary School, Bariga, in the hands of the school’s principal, vice-principal and some teachers.

If found culpable, the teachers may be sanctioned according to the laws guiding the state’s education sector. This is as the family of the brutalised girl are planning to sue the state government over the incident.

Ogechi was allegedly beaten to stupor by the teachers on 16 March 2016 after she retaliated when the school’s head girl slapped her.

Those suspected to have carried out the act on the students include Mrs. C. O Coker, the school principal, a Mathematics teacher, whose name was given as Mr. Bello, an Economics teacher named Mr. Bakare, an English teacher whose name was given as Mrs. Tejumaye, her colleague named Mrs. Omoge, as well as the school vice principal, Mrs. Balogun.

The senior secondary 2 student was allegedly stripped of her uniform and canned on her back and bare buttocks and slapped severally. After the beating, the student was thereafter asked to cut grass for four hours in the sun.

Ogunyemi, who stressed that he would not want to conclude on who was guilty since the case was still being investigated, added: “why would the senior girl slap another student, that is very wrong. Also, if the school wants to punish any student, they should only give him or her, at most, four strokes of cane and this has to be supervised by the principal,” he said describing the incident as the height of barbarism.

To him, teachers should be caretakers of children and must exude good examples at every point in time rather than being brutish.

“All the same, the House Committee on Education is wading into the matter to investigate what happened with a view to preventing a future occurrence,” he said adding that no parent would be happy to see such level of maltreatment on his ward.

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