Over 1150 students of Kabale Secondary School, Kabale Municipality have today been sent home after staging a demonstration that later turned violent.
The students turned rowdy early today as they attempted to get access to the school staff room in search of a teacher Identified as Frank Matabaro whom they accused of torturing students. The teacher in question allegedly beat up a female student on Monday and left her in a critical state.
However, the students attempt was foiled by police.
The events were followed by an emergency meeting between security, the School administration and the Municipal education department who resolved to send the students home.
Kabale Municipality Principal education officer Odo Arigye said that the decision was taken as a measure to contain irate students whose activities started with a hunger strike yesterday.
Police later used pepper spray to contain violent students who had resorted to throwing stones at the teachers after the announcement was made. About 20 students were injured in the ensuing stampede as they engaged in running battles with security.
Bosco Arop, the Kabale District Police commander immediately ordered the police to take charge of the school amidst protests from the students who detested the order to vacate the school premises.
Edwin Babimpa the head teacher at Kabale secondary says that the administration is investigating the concerns raised by the students.
A total of over six schools in Kigezi region have experienced violent strikes in a period on one month. They include Kigezi High school, Creamland High school Kabale, Kantare secondary school, Bishop Kivengere girl’s school –Muyebe and Kyamakanda Secondary school.