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Students raid school, threaten to rape girls

16 July 2013, 16:03 James Kabotia

Anxiety has engulfed Kiraraga Girls' Secondary School in Kirinyaga County after a group of about 300 boys from the neighboring Kiburu Boys' Secondary School raided the school with intent to sexually molest the girls.

The rowdy students raided the school at around midday and forced their way into the girls' dormitories where they started harassing them.

The girls however raised alarm attracting the local residents and police who responded immediately and repulsed the boys.

The residents, armed with crude weapons, forced the rowdy boys to retreat. They managed to apprehend 12 students who are currently are in police custody.

The 12 students were thoroughly beaten by residents before they were handed over to the police.

According to the residents, the boys had just reported back to school after Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) called off the teachers strike.

However, the students have been under minimal supervision since most of the teachers are yet to report back on duty.

The incident comes hot on the heels of another incident where a form four student was killed after he raided a private primary school at night together with his friend.

The student from Karia Secondary School was beaten to death by angry residents after he was caught breaking into the dormitory at St. Francis Boarding Primary School in Kirinyaga Central constituency.

His friend however was rescued by police but was admitted at Kerugoya district hospital in critical condition after suffering serious injuries.

According to Kirinyaga County commissioner Joseph Keter, the two incidents have forced the police to put the schools in the County on high alert.

He said that the 12 boys in Tuesday's incident were arrested at the school compound and would be arraigned in court after investigations are completed.

He termed the incidents as callous saying that investigations have commenced. He vowed to ensure that the boys who raided the school are punished.

“We can’t accept such callous behavior within our schools. I can promise you that the boys will face full force of the law,” He said.

He said that police will beef up security in all secondary schools saying that school heads have been instructed to make contingent measures to secure their schools and students especially in girls' schools.

“We can’t allow security of our girls to be compromised. I have instructed my officers to beef up security especially in girls' schools so that we can have conducive environment for them to continue with their education,” He pointed.

However, he confirmed that no girl was assaulted during the incidents as the residents responded immediately after the girls raised alarm.

He said that armed police will be deployed in various girls' boarding schools as most schools are not properly manned since teachers are still at home.

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