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Dowen College principal, others should be sacked immediately- PTA

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Following the death of Slyvester Oromoni Jnr, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College in Lekki axis of Lagos State, the parents of other students have demanded that the Principal and other management staff of the school as well as the hostel teachers, be sacked immediately to prevent further bullying and other maltreatment often suffered by the students within the premises.

The parents also demanded that owners of the school should install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in all strategic places within the school as well as overhaul the school security system to adequately provide safety around the school.

They, meanwhile, appealed to the security agencies particularly the Nigerian Police to quickly conclude their findings in order to bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, students of Dowen College, and the public.

The parents, who stated these through a letter made available to newsmen on Tuesday which they used to commiserate with the bereaved Oromoni’s family, stated that these steps would further healed the traumatized students that were friends to the deceased 12-year-old.

They also disclosed that there would be a candlelight service for Slyvester Oromoni Jnr around the school on Wednesday to pay tribute to a life ‘passed’, adding we will be keeping the light burning and that signifies the memory still lives on and burns bright.

The statement signed by four members of the parent forum on behalf of others reads: “Dowen College Parents are startled and deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident that led to the death of Sylvester Oromoni. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and pray that God gives them the strength to bear the irreparable loss.

“As parents of Dowen college students, we are still in shock and could not come to terms with this incident and the accounts so far provided by the school, students, and the media.

“We are, however, temporarily relieved by the swiftness with which the authority intervened and commenced investigation towards unraveling the cause of Sylvester Oromoni’s death.

“We urge the school management team and other stakeholders (students and parents directly or indirectly mentioned) to fully cooperate with the authority in the ongoing investigation. While we would have loved to bring Sylvester back if humanly possible, unraveling the cause of Sylvester’s death and bringing whoever was responsible or might have contributed in whatever way to book, will not only bring this unfortunate incident to a closure for the family, but this will also serve as a deterrent to others in all schools in Nigeria.

“On our part as parents, we will work more closely with the school (management/board), to ensure necessary measures are put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of this unfortunate incident and stamp out bullying in any form from the school.

“We will also continue to appeal to parents (through the PTA) to show more interest in what their children do and who they associate within school and at home.

“We appeal to the public to see this incident as an inflection point, not only for Dowen College but also other schools in Nigeria as recent events have shown that bullying, molestation, and other vices among students are common in our schools. Therefore, we rely on the authority for justice regardless of the social status of whoever is involved.

“Dowen college parents need this more as we are currently in a fix and our children are traumatized. What happened to Sylvester could have happened to any other child in the school. To many of the traumatized students, Sylvester was a classmate, a roommate, a schoolmate, or a friend.

“We therefore earnestly ask for a resolution that will bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, students of Dowen College, and the public.

“These should include a change of the school management and hostel teachers, installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic places, and overhauling of the school security system.

“The lighting of candles is to pay tribute to a life ‘passed’ and keeping the light burning signifies that the memory still lives on and burns bright”.

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