Meru police are investigating a case where two teachers attacked a student in class and seriously injured his private parts. He was punished after some students complained that he did not offer them their share of meat at dinner.
Imenti North County Police Commissioner Ezekiel Chepkwony said after the incident was reported on March 23 and the P3 form was filled the following day, the named teachers at Kaaga Boys’ High School in Meru County were summoned and released on bail pending inquiries . An investigation has been launched and is ongoing.
Once we know exactly what happened, we will act and those found guilty will be arrested and charged. For the form 1 boy, February 28 was just another day when his 16 fellow students were served their favorite meal, which included beef.
However, after the service, they realized that there were 8 instead of 16. The absent students complained to the teachers and threatened to riot. During the preparation, eight of these students were invited.
They were separated, but because the boy was accused of disorderly conduct, he was asked to stay behind and receive a harsher punishment.
The minor said he was abused by two teachers, one of whom beat him with a stick and kicked him in his private parts. He was asked to bend down and hold the table. When he was repeatedly hit me on the butt. “I felt sharp pains in my private parts and begged him to stop, but he continued,” said the boy.
She said she was afraid to report the teachers to the school administration and asked the school nurse to allow her to go for treatment outside the school. He was treated at a private clinic in the small town of Meru and given an ointment, but the pain did not subside. “I was suffering because I couldn’t sit properly and walking was difficult. I decided to endure the pain until March 16, when we got a break for mid-term exams,” he said.
On reaching Mombasa, he told his parents about the incident and the incident was reported to the Makupa Police Station on March 17. The boy was then treated at Gama Clinic in Kisauni.
A report prepared at Dr. Ajoni Adede’s clinic noted that the boy had “blunt object injuries” on his scrotum and both thighs, which were also bruised. “The anus is swollen and tender, while both thighs are tender with three 10cm x 2cm bruises … scrotal ultrasound shows no scrotal bleeding … he also has PTSD,” the report said.
“The nature of the injury is consistent with a blunt instrument such as a pipe or cable and likely kicking and punching. He must receive psychological support for three months and if he does not respond satisfactorily to counselling, a change of school may be recommended,” it added.
Counseling psychologist Leah Wangui Njuguna, who saw the boy at Micruthi Counseling Services, also in Mombasa, says he is “traumatized, bitter and confused by many unanswered questions”.
The boy’s father, Peter Mbugua, said he was considering transferring his son to another school, noting that his first term had been suspended. But he complains that there is a conspiracy to cover up what happened.
There have been attempts to settle the case out of court, but the law must take its course to bring the criminals to book and stop torturing children for no reason.
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