A 14-year-old Kenyan girl took her own life on Friday, September 6, after her teacher mocked her for soiling her dress in class.
The primary six pupil was on her period at the time. After the public humiliation, the student from Kabiangek Primary School was found hanging from a tree.
On Tuesday, September 11, Chepkurui and 200 other parents stormed the school compound in pursuit of justice for her daughter,.
“She had nothing to use as a pad. When the blood stained her clothes, she was told to leave the classroom and stand outside,” her mother Beatrice Chepkurui narrated.
The placard wielding parents condemned the teacher’s action, making it clear that it was wrong to humiliate the young girl for staining her school dress.
“It was very inhumane for the teacher to humiliate her, and that is the reason she hanged herself. The teacher should take responsibility,” one of the parents explained.
On his part, the school’s headteacher, John Kosile, maintained that he was not in a position to comment on the matter as it was currently under investigation by local police.
Konoin County Police Commander Alex Shikondi affirmed the incident, going on to disclose that the young girl left school at 10 a.m. on the fateful day, only to be found hanging from a tree a few metres from her home.
“She did not leave a note explaining the reasons for her action,” the police commander stated.
Five of the protesting parents were taken into custody as they brought the school to a standstill baying for the blood of the teacher.
Here’s a short clip of the protesting parents: