Stranded students of Ntare high in Mbarara town after being sent home today over violent strike
Thousands of students at the Mbarara- based Ntare School have been sent home after a violent strike Tuesday night. Only candidate classes of senior four and six have remained at the school.
Jaffer Magyezi the acting district police commander Mbarara says anti-riot personnel\'s were deployed at around Tuesday night to calm down the worsening situation caused by students who attempted to lynch to death their colleagues accusing them of practicing homosexuality.
The students who talked on condition of anonymity say they had to go strike after the school administration\'s failure to punish students engaged in homosexuality.
The students say the administrators later silenced the students claiming making such public that acts of homosexuality were being practiced would destroy the school\'s image.
They also claim that the accused students were caught during the weekend and some of their colleagues went ahead to punish them but the teachers leaked the information and blocked the move to carry on mob justice on suspected homosexuals.
But the school headmaster Jimmy Turyagyenda says the students decided to riot after being blocked from lynching a group of fellow students accused of stealing their properties including uniforms and school sweaters.
Turyangyenda says such cases of petty theft have been going on in the school and promised to clear the culprits by chasing them all.
He says meanwhile the situation is slowly returning to normal and candidate classes will proceed on with their Mock exams since the rest of the students have been sent home.
Turyagyenda says the suspended students will return to the school next Friday to pick their examination reports as schools countrywide closes for second term.
The District Police Commander, Magyezi however asked Ntare school administrators to always resolve the students\' issues before the situation worsens.
The strike at Ntare brings to three the number of schools closed prematurely over violent strike in Mbarara district in less than a month. The others are Kinoni high in Rwampara county and Boma international school in Mbarara town.