The Ashanti Region is in the news again after the Ejura military and police shooting. Just As Ghanaians are trying to forget about the entire brouhaha that claimed two lives, another incident has happened but this time around, in a Senior High School. The campuses of the Kumasi Girls and St Luis Senior High School in the Ashanti Region of Ghana are currently under heavy security presence. Information indicates that both the Police and the Military were deployed in the school to ensure calm returns.
This was after some students went on a rampage and started destroying properties belonging to the school and some resident staff. The genesis of the matter is that the student had been informed of their mid-term break. They had packed all their belongings and called their parents to inform them about the holidays. They were ready to leave their campuses when their administrators paraded them and informed them of changes in plans.
Due to the rising numbers of Coronavirus in the Ashanti Region, the school authorities with a directive from the superiors asked the students to go back to their various dormitories. The decision angered some of the students who went berserk and started vandalizing the properties of the school. The situation was getting out of hand and the Ashanti Region Security Council had to intervene.
Reports indicate that some police and military officers were quickly deployed to the two schools to ensure calm is restored. Some of the students have sustained various degrees of injuries and are accusing the security of brutalizing them. In pictures available, some of the students could be seen with bruises on parts of their skin. An official complaint of the brutalities has therefore been reported to the Regional Police Command and investigations have begun to fish out the officers who allegedly molested the students.
Calm has currently been restored to the schools but the students are still angry and want to leave the campuses and enjoy their holidays. The students could have used a different approach in registering their displeasure without destroying any property of the school. The actions of the students must be condemned by all. However, the security officers who were deployed to the two schools could have as well exercise some restraint in applying force on the students. These are young people who should be treated with soft gloves. If the allegations of brutalities are true, the officers must be held accountable.
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