Cardinal Otunga Girls in Bungoma County has sent home 18 students over alleged involvement in lesbianism and possession of mobile phones.
According to Citizen TV, the students received their suspension letters on 28th September 2023, the very day they were sent home.
Parents of the affected students admitted that their children had been suspended on September 18th and they were called in a for a disciplinary meeting.
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“At the hearing, students were harassed, forced to accept the allegations. Imagine a teacher threatening a child that ‘if you annoy me I will hit you’ some of them ended up accepting what was not true,” said one parent
Some parents noted that their students were suspended without a definite period of return but were told to await a phone call from the board.
Another student was allegedly labelled a lesbian after dancing inappriopietly during a school function.
“They had entertainment during a weekend, and were dancing. Has the ministry set up standards on how students should dance?” said the parent
It has since been established that 14 out of the suspended students are candidates and the parents are not sure if their pupils will sit for their exams or not despite raising their concerns with the school.
“We are confused, disturbed by the move that school has taken. The psychological torture that our students are facing is deep, they have been subjected to shame and uncertainties,” said one parent
The school principal Mrs. Christine Sifuna has since been contacted for comment over the allegation by Citizen TV but is yet to issue any statement.