Cardinal Otunga Girls suspends 18 students over lesbianism, phone possession allegations.
18 students from Cardinal Otunga Girls High School in Bungoma County have been expelled for allegedly possessing mobile phones and participating in lesbianism.
According to reports, the students were sent home on Thursday in letters dated September 28.
Parents who sought anonymity revealed that the students had been earlier suspended on September 18, and had been summoned for a disciplinary hearing on September 28.
“At the hearing, students were harassed, and forced to accept the allegations. Imagine a teacher threatening a child that ‘if you annoy me I will hit you’ Some of them ended up accepting what was not true,” one parent said.
The parents add that the school asked them to go home with their children, on an indefinite suspension.
They were told to await further communication from the board, on an unknown date.
Another parent says that while at the hearing, his daughter was accused of lesbianism as a result of ‘dancing inappropriately’ during an entertainment session.
“They had entertainment during a weekend and were dancing. Has the ministry set up standards on how students should dance?” he posed.
According to sources, nearly 14 of the suspended students are form four candidates, who are expected to sit the national exams in a few weeks.
The indefinite suspension has left the parents in a big dilemma, wondering whether their daughters will sit the national exams.
“We are confused, disturbed by the move that school has taken. The psychological torture that our students are facing is deep, they have been subjected to shame and uncertainties,” a parent said.