Social media was sent into rage last week when the picture emerged online of the badly battered buttocks of Odinkaro Helen, an SS1 student of St Saviour’s Secondary School, Ijegun, Lagos.
Helen was battered mercilessly by three male teachers, leaving her buttocks red sore for attending a birthday party on Children’s day with her parents’ permission.
The public outcry attracted the attention of activists in the country with many condemning the battery and calling for action to be taken against the erring teachers.
In reaction to the incident, the Alumni Association of the school waded into the matter in a bid to contain the avoidable brewing storm and today, Tuesday, June 07, 2016, a team of delegates from the Executives of the Alumni Association led by the founder; Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye, called for and had a crucial meeting with the School’s management, and also the victim and certain family members in attendance.
In a statement made available to encomium.ng after the ‘settlement’, the Alumni founder, Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye said, “Battery is a punishable offence under the Criminal and Penal laws of the country, as it is in all countries all over the world. Hence, we saw the expedient need to interfere in such a sensitive situation.
“We hereby assure every stakeholder and concerned persons that the matter has been adequately dealt with internally and use this medium to convey the deepest apologies and sincere intentions of the Proprietress of the School that such demeaning acts as this WILL NOT repeat itself going forward.
“After moments of deliberation, both invited parties came to a compromise, with the following resolutions as a result therefrom, which includes but not limited to:
- Total abolition of use of cane as disciplinary measure;
- Standard guidance/counseling unit to be put in place earnestly;
- Restrain on Parents/Guardians from addressing issues on media at the slightest provocation without recourse to the School management as an external line of communication between Pupils, Parents and the School management will be provided earnestly;
- Proper orientation and provision of checks and corrective measures over acts of Staff members.
We thank everyone involved with this matter, from Officers of the Nigerian Police Force, Ministry of education, to Social media players. We hereby appeal once more that the matter has been amicably settled.”
- Daniel Fayemi for encomium.ng