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School, Teacher Deserve To Be Penalized...14-Year-Old Suspended Pupil Blurts

By Bola Tito

In the wake of the suspended Senior Secondary three (SS3) pupil who was manhandled by her teacher. The indefinitely suspended 14-year-old student, Onyinye Nwakaeme, is now calling on the school authority of Great Esteem Secondary Private School located at Akeukewe Street, Ijeshatedo, Lagos State, along Oshodi-Mile 2 Expressway to reinstate her as she laments over her unjust treatment and claims the school and the teacher deserve to be punished.

Onyinye, was suspended on November 17, 2016, after she had a misunderstanding with Mr. Sunday Adeshina, the Economics teacher of the school, which left bodliy injureis on her after bleeding for hours.

Onyinye was to narrat what transpired between her and the teacher, saying, “We were taking Economics class that day and I was busy copying note. I had just returned from my father’s burial. Being behind schedule, I used every available time to copy my notes because I had a lot to write. In the course of this, the teacher saw me and called me out with some people, claiming that we were making noise and asked us to explain what he had been teaching.

I didn’t get the question right because I was really not paying attention to him. Out of anger, he started flogging me. He flogged me to the point that I was bleeding on my head and he didn’t stop. Even when the proprietor asked him to stop, he was fierce and wanted to flog me more.”

According to the school's Proprietor, Pastor Rotimi Olu Joseph, Onyinye was suspended because she was rude to the teacher; not only by talking back at the teacher, but by also refusing to serve her punishment as instructed, adding, that she went physical with the teacher.

Following this, after reporting to her family, the proprietor claimed that Onyinye's family members came to the school with violent thugs.

“We summarily gave the girl suspension because it shows that she is not fit to be in the same environment with us. If they can take laws into their hands, then their ward has no place in the school. Except they write to the school that she will be of good conduct, she will not be reinstated.

Onyinye family was said to have arrested Mr. Adeshina Sunday for beating ward until she started bleeding in her head. It was said that the beating continued until the proprietor of the school and other teachers intervened.

“I got home and reported to my parents about the inhumane treatment he gave me in the school and some of my elderly ones went to school with me to address the issue. On getting there, he was absent from the school till the day was over. We decided to report at Ago Police Station to take necessary measures and arrest him because the school was unapologetic. They spoke rudely to my family and asked us to go to any lengths whatsoever to fight them.”

In his response, Mr. Adeshina, said he can’t be blamed for carrying out disciplinary action on his students for disturbing and disrupting his class, saying it’s his duty as the teacher to correct erring students by beating or punishing them.

Whether the suspension will lead to expulsion can't not say for noe, because the school is solidly behind their teacher while the family of Onyinye is insist that their daughter was unjustly treated. Lagos State Government must hear this.