A female student from St Francis Ranga’ala was saved from lynching by her fellow students who accused her of wanting to recruit them into lesbianism.
Police from Ugunja police station saved the girl who had earlier on been expelled only to be readmitted on basis of a court order. Ugunja deputy OCPD Sabina Kerubo said they sneaked the girl out through the school’s back gate and flagged down a private vehicle to escape the angry students.
She was briefly held at Ugunja police station as her parents were summoned.
A source at the police station lamented that immediately the parents were summoned, a lawyer called blaming the police for removing the girl from school despite a court order.
One parent claimed a group of Form 4 girls had attacked a Form 1 student at night, demanding that she engages in sexual acts with them. A parent whose child is in form 1 says
“I was summoned to the school and upon arrival, my daughter narrated to me her ordeal at the hands of a group of girls who wanted to force her into lesbianism,”
The mother said the girls warned her daughter that even if she screamed, the school authorities would do nothing because they knew what was happening. Adding that
“It was at this point that she screamed, attracting other students and the matron who rushed to her rescue,”
According to The Star, the school principal, Susan Owino, said there was an on going case involving the girl held by police. Siaya criminal investigations officer Moses Cheruiyot said police had to rush to the school to rescue the girl.
Cheruiyot said that the girl had been ordered back to the institution on the orders of the high court after her parent sought legal redress, lamenting that
“While trying to look for ways of curbing student unrest, some parents are giving us a hard time by siding with their children instead of helping to discipline them.”
He said whereas it was imperative to respect court rulings, the police had to remove the child to Ugunja police station for her safety, This is not the first time parents have sued over alleged discrimination of their daughters because of lesbianism.
In 2015, five form four students expelled from St Georges Girls’ Secondary School on suspicion of being lesbians sued for victimisation and discrimination.
The 17-year-olds asked the court to order their immediate readmission, saying they had a right to basic education. The school disciplinary committee said the girls were caught red-handed in an act that the school terms a major offence.
Part of a letter sent out to the girl’s parents read
“Your daughter named above has been suspended from school for gross misconduct. You are required to appear before the school disciplinary committee on April 24 to show because why your daughter should not be excluded from the institution,”
During the disciplinary committee session, the parents were questioned whether their daughters were lesbians.
Apart from seeking damages, the parents wanted the school to avail time and resources to enable their daughters catch up.