Following the pandemonium that rocked the Federal Government College, Abuloma, Rivers State, last Monday, the school authorities have ordered senior secondary school student out of the dormitory, until further notice.
The all-girls post primary school also suspended 16 students, suspected to be linked to the disturbances that saw parents and guardians scampering for the safety of their wards.
The Tide gathered that most affected by the Unity School’s sweeping sanctions are Senior Secondary three (SS3) students, currently writing their National Examination Council (NECO) Examinations, who are now to do so from their various homes.
Our correspondent reports that problem started with a yet-to-be determined rift between an SS1 and SS2 students which resulted in the intervention of an SS3 student, believed to be a relation of the SS1 student.
In the fracas that ensured, there was said to be a free-for-all fight with scores of students supporting either of the feuding students in the original disagreement, with attendant escalation.
The Tide reporter confirms that knives, clubs and other dangerous weapons were freely used creating the picture of a war zone within the dormitory
As soon as news broke out, parents desirous to ensure the safety of their children and wards thronged the school last Monday night through Tuesday but were turned back by the school’s authorities.
When The Tide visited the school again yesterday, normal academic activities seemed to have been restored but attempts to confirm decision thus far taken by the schools proved abortive. However, a security officer who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity confirmed that normalcy has been restored and trouble making students suspended .
A parent, Mrs Dora (surname withheld) described the school’s decision to order senior secondary students out of the dormitory as ill-timed as it would now expose other innocent SS3 students writing exams, to avoidable temptations and distractions in their various homes.
‘We chose to send the students to boarding school in view of the inherent advantages, but all that have been denied us, she lamented.