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School suspends ‘gay’ students after debate sparks fight

A secondary school in Bungoma County has suspended 19 students for allegedly being gay.

The Form Two students at St Mary’s Kibabii High School were given their marching orders by the school’s administration after a meeting of the management board.

Principal Mathews Namunwa said he had became aware of the relationships after a debate on gays at the school last Thursday.

The principal said the heated debate led to a fight between pro-gay and the anti-gay students.

He said investigations revealed that some students were homosexual, especially among Form Twos.

The investigations brought to light the names of 19 gay students.

REDUCE TENSION

“Sending the boys home was designed to reduce tension between the pro and anti-gay camps,” said Mr Namunwa.

The students were suspended for two weeks and ordered to come back to school with their guardians and explain their sexual orientation.

Mr Namunwa said learning had not been disrupted and lessons were in progress.

The County Director of Education, Mr Charles Anyika, was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

Debate on same sex relationships has taken centre stage in the country lately with various groups and individuals calling on US President Barack Obama to avoid talking about gay rights when he comes visiting .