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St Mary’s Strike: 13 Students Jailed, 120 Suspended

13 students of St. Mary’s college Rushoroza Kabale were on Thursday arrested and 120 sent home following a violent strike at the school on Wednesday night that left the boys dormitory windows shattered and two students injured.

The arrested are believed to have had a hand in the chaos that erupted on Wednesday night when S5 students went on rampage destroying the windows of the boy’s dormitory and injuring two S6 students in the process.

The injured are admitted at Rushoroza health center IV.

Head teacher Remegio Byamugisha [in suit] speaking to police at the campus
Head teacher Remegio Byamugisha [in suit] speaking to police at the campus
Students that spoke to our reporter revealed that the fighting broke out when some A Level candidates beat up an S5 student whom they were accused of theft.

His classmates in response attacked the head prefect’s cubicle where the S6 culprits were hiding and started hurling stones at it.

Police monitoring the situation at the school
Police monitoring the situation at the school

Head teacher Remegio Byamukama told us that they later called the rivaling parties for reconciliation and believed that the matter had been resolved.

“But at night a fierce fight erupted and we were compelled to call in the police which restored calm after a lot of property was destroyed. We have decided to suspend about 120 students in the meantime” he said.

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Augustine Nakitari the Kabale district acting police commander says the situation at the school is under control as investigations in the cause of the strike proceed. The ringleaders he said would be charged and presented in courts of law.

This is the second strike to take place at the school this term. At the beginning of last month students went on rampage accusing the school for not providing with them with rice.

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