Deeper Life School assures of godly values
• All students in hostel should go for psychiatric evaluation, Dokubo says
The principal of a college in Akwa Ibom State, where a junior student was said to have been sexually molested by some senior students, has been suspended.
A woman, Deborah Okezie, had earlier in the week, posted a video on Facebook where she cried out that her 11-year-old son, a JSS1 student of Deeper Life High School in Uyo, was sexually molested by his seniors when her son was switched from his hostel to another hostel occupied by senior students.
She said her son was frequently starved and beaten up by senior students.
“They will remove his boxer and push their legs and hands into his anus,” the woman said in the video, which has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter.
“Look at a child I sent to school; he came back with a broken anus,” she added.
Responding, the school management said in a statement on Monday that they were investigating the allegation.
“We want to assure the general public that investigations into the case have commenced and no culprit, whether staff or student, will be spared if found culpable.
“As an interim measure and to underscore the seriousness we attach to higher superintending values, the school principal has been suspended summarily even as further investigations continue,” the school said.
Deeper Life High School reaffirmed that the institution is built on the core values of godliness and excellence and that it would not tolerate any act of molestation of any student.
“We believe that parents or guardians enroll their wards in our schools all over the country because of the strong perception that ours offers a sure-footed platform for moral armaments and academic excellence,” the management of the school said.
The school promised to make public the outcome of its investigations.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has also ordered an investigation into the allegation.
MEANWHILE, the Executive Director, Centre for Creative Act Education, who doubles as a filmmaker and ambassador to ActionAid, Hilda Dokubo, has urged the Minister of Education to close down Deeper Life High School till an investigation is completed on the incident.
She made the call during a dialogue with Nollywood practitioners in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria on the role of Nollywood in curbing sexual harassment/gender-based violence within the industry.
She further appealed to the state government to ensure that every child who was in that hostel be sent to the reformatory for psychiatric evaluation and be interviewed to find out how many more have been assaulted and if some of them were victims of the assault.
While speaking on sexual violence and assault in boarding schools, Ike Nnaebue, a filmmaker, said: “Parents should watch the school their kids attend. Only recently, my kids’ school had CCTV everywhere in the hostels and the camera caught some activities of such. About six boys were expelled. Parents need to pay attention and push schools to do the right thing.”
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