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Pupil flogged over alleged love affair with schoolmate

A Class Seven pupil is nursing serious injuries after he was whipped by his teacher over an alleged love affair with a Class Eight girl.

The incident happened at JoyMax Academy, a boarding school in Huruma Estate, Eldoret town.

The teacher, David Webwe, is accused of whipping the 12 year-old boy using a wire and inflicting serious injuries all over his body.

The accused teacher on Monday admitted to caning the pupil to ‘instill discipline’ in him, claiming the pupil was part of clique that was misbehaving in school.

“I heard about it (the love affair) and I started to investigate and found out that three girls and the boy were involved in a form of courtship,” said Mr Webwe.

 

The teacher David Webwe. PHOTO | STANLEY KIMUGE
The teacher David Webwe. PHOTO | STANLEY KIMUGE

CONFLICTING STATEMENT

Mr Hylum Inambutsi, the school’s head teacher, had earlier given a conflicting statement, saying that the pupil was injured by a table in the office as he was being interrogated by the teacher over the alleged love affair.

“He was not caned, but only got injured by a table after he rose. We were planning to inform the parents about the son’s accident this week,”  the head teacher stated.

He admitted that over 30 pupils out of 200 pupils in the school recently transfered to other schools because of ‘personal reasons’.

According to the boy’s father, Mr Patrick Maina, he had gone to the school to take some fruits to his son, only to discover that the pupil had a visible scar on the neck.

The boy's father Mr Patrick Maina addressing journalists. PHOTO | STANLEY KIMUGE
The boy’s father Mr Patrick Maina addressing journalists. PHOTO | STANLEY KIMUGE

“I went to school and found my son seated with other pupils outside the office. The teacher who was also present told me that we need to go inside the office to talk about something,” he said.

SCAR ON THE NECK

The father said upon noticing a scar on the boy’s neck, he probed both the teacher and the boy over it.

“The teacher said that he had been scratched by a table. But the boy pointed at the teacher and asked me to go with him to the dormitory so that he can show me more scars in the body,” he narrated.

According to the boy’s father,  his son had reported to the teacher that there was a Class Eight girl who was fond of writing him a love letter.

“He told me he reported thrice but nothing was done instead the teacher disciplined him using a wire,” said the father.

The boy's mother could not hold back her tears. PHOTO | STANLEY KIMUGE
The boy’s mother could not hold back her tears. PHOTO | STANLEY KIMUGE

The father reported the incident at Baharini police station on Monday and filed a P3 form.

He vowed to transfer his son from the school.