Police in the Northern region have granted bail to 38 students of the Tuna Senior High School who were arrested for rioting on campus on Thursday.
Students protesting the caning [corporal punishment] of a female student by a teacher for indecent dressing; destroyed vehicles, the school’s computer laboratory, teachers’ bungalow and other property.
Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District Police Commander ASP Francis Numadu, speaking to JoyNews, says investigations have begun into the incident and that the students have been granted bail.
He revealed that the police “invited the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) chairman on behalf of the parents to stand surety for them [students], for all of them to be granted bail.”
He expressed disappointment in the conduct of the students which resulted in the destruction/loss of equipment necessary to their progress.
In the raiding of their computer lab for instance, laptops allocated to the school have been misappropriated. Out of about 40 to 50 laptops, the police have only been able to retrieve three so far.
The police are attempting to be less aggressive with the students and are talking to them. ASP Numadu was of the opinion that “they are school children so probably they do not know the effect of what they are doing.”
The school has been closed down temporarily following the chaotic events.
Listen to ASP Numadu below:
You will recall that similar rioting occurred at the St Paul’s Senior High School, resulting in the accidental death of a 17-year-old student .
Three officers have been arrested following the shooting and investigations are still ongoing.
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