Amuru Students Charged With Malicious Damage.

By on July 5, 2017

Police in Amuru district have charged eighteen students of St. Mary`s College Lacor in Amuru district with malicious damage. They are suspected to have fronted the violent strike in the school.

They were arrested on Friday night from the school during a violent strike that left several school properties damaged. Among the properties is class room and administration block glass window panes, laboratory equipment, bursar`s office, dormitories, several computers, the school perimeter fence, furniture and other items in the store.

The violence started from the boys` dormitory at around 10:00PM when Joel Ocen a teacher in the school tried to conduct an impromptu roll call to identify students who sneaked outside to attend a disco and drinking joints at the Akurukwe Centre in Lacor parish Amuru district.

The Aswa River Region Police Public Relations Officer Patrick Jimmy Okema says police has preferred charges of malicious damages against the students whose files will soon be ready for sanctioning by the Resident States Attorney.

According to Okema the students are still being detained at the Awere police outpost as more investigations are on-going. He however declined to disclose their identities citing that it will jeopardize investigation.

The school has also been closed by the Amuru district inspector of schools Dominic Otto for investigation purposes as damages caused are still being recorded.

He says reopening of the school will be announced after holding meetings with the district leaders, school administration and members of the Parent` Teachers Association.

Similarly police in Gulu have also charged four students of Sir Samuel Baker School in Gulu town with malicious damage following a Thursday night students` violent strike.

 The students pelted the school administration block, head teacher`s office, teachers` houses, dining hall with stones. They also destroyed farm crops belonging to the neighboring community.

By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Gulu.

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