Form 2 torture victims drink toilet bowl water

dirty toilet bowl water

Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls Reporter
FORM Two boys who were allegedly severely tortured by Form Four pupils at Marist Brothers’ Secondary School in Dete were allegedly forced to drink water from the toilet bowl by their drunk attackers, The Chronicle has learnt.

It has emerged that more than 30 Form Two boys were beaten up on Friday last week by 16 Form Four bullies who accused them of stealing their foodstuffs.

The alleged torture at a Form Four hostel referred to by students as the ‘Palace’, lasted for about five hours between 10PM and 2AM.

The Chronicle established that 23 of the victims sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Two boys were reportedly operated on the groin and abdomen, while some had neck, arm, fingers and rib fractures after being kicked and hit with an assortment of weapons.

One boy was injured on an eye while another lost front teeth as a result of the assault.

The boys were also allegedly forced to eat bath soap and bark like dogs as well as pull trunks.

The school’s headmaster, Brother Jacob, yesterday confirmed that the disciplinary hearings took place on Thursday but referred questions to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Matabeleland North acting Provincial Education Director Mr Jabulani Mpofu said the action to be taken would be known after full investigations.

“We advised the school to carry out investigations. They brought parents for hearings on Thursday and we are waiting for the report for a way forward. The action to be taken will depend on the gravity of individual cases. Then the school will apply whether to have them excluded or expelled depending on findings and gravity which is why disciplinary hearings are done,” he said.

The Chronicle is reliably informed that the 16 boys were further suspended for eight days pending medical reports on the victims.

They were allegedly drunk after consuming a fermented powdered cereal when they committed the offences last week.

Pupils reportedly mix the cereals with brown sugar and yeast and leave the mixture to ferment in the sun, creating a potent alcoholic brew which the pupils drink right under the noses of school authorities.

Fourteen of the victims were yesterday accompanied by their parents to St Patrick’s Hospital in Hwange and six to a private hospital in Victoria Falls for medical check-ups.

Some parents who spoke to The Chronicle in separate interviews said the boys were traumatised and not willing to go back to school.

“Our children were forced to drink water mixed with urine which was fetched from the toilet bowls. We don’t know if that’s just urine or our children have been initiated into Satanism,” said an angry parent.

Another parent said: “If those bullies are allowed back to the school, I will withdraw my child because I can’t pay $460 to have him killed. We can’t allow those bullies back to the school because our children are traumatised and can’t face their attackers again. The school should be answerable because we are even bearing costs of medication.”

It is alleged that the bullies rounded up the Form Two boys and dragged them to the ‘Palace’. They would switch off the lights and torture them in darkness allegedly using belts, fists and sticks.

“They would switch on the lights and release those who would be bleeding while the torture continued on the rest until they also bled. The last victim was released at around 2AM after he collapsed and they dumped him on his bed until he was helped to get up in the morning.

“The boys were rammed onto the walls, kicked, punched and hit with sticks. They were also yoked together like a span of oxen while others were whipped with waist belts and forced to wash clothes. One boy was choked until he fainted. People might think we are exaggerating but this is what happened,” added another parent.

The Chronicle heard that the Form Four boys have pending disciplinary cases at the school after they allegedly sneaked out of school to go on a beer binge last year before entering a girls’ hostel at night where they stole an assortment of underwear.

They also allegedly once attacked a boarding master and a teacher while some prefects were threatened with death last week when they tried to rescue the victims. — @ncubeleon.

 

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  • Concerned Citizen

    Concerned Citizen29 minutes ago

    The parents simply need to report the assault to the police and have the criminals arrested. I am surprised as to what they are waiting for. If it were my child assaulted by these criminals my first port of call would have been the police station and the medical examination would then be part of the police investigations whilst the hooligans would be where they belong (jail).

    • silver

      when all these events were unfolding where was the head,deputy head, heads of departments, senior teachers, and the rest of the teaching staff?……. i bet they were all bullied into silence by the form 4 boys…………heads must roll in this case……the Ministry must fire the entire administration………they are getting paid for nothing while our children are suffering under their watch……….

      • Observer

        You clearly have never being to a boarding school. Its not as If the head master and the teachers sleep in the dorns with the students. In most cases they only See the kids during the day because they have their own family and kids to go to after work. Being head master is not a 24/7 job. Thats Why you have prefects, head of houses and so on…But i agree, expulsion is the only acceptable resort in this case!

        • benjamin

          Expulsion and arrest… They must stand before a court and explain what drove them to such heinous acts. They must be sentence accordingly, whether to receive punishment by canning or community service.

    • benjamin

      Kids must be conscientised to immediately report any form of bullying without fear,,, to ignore any threats against reporting.

  • Gatsheni

    Uyabona ledoti zabantwana.zifuna ukushaywa straight.. I am disappointed at Marist authorities

  • Mubereki

    This is totally unacceptable. Where was the boarding master when all this was happening. This was a well planned thing. Can you imagine serious injuries in the groin. To be more specific someone crushing the testicles of another fellow student. Heaven knows whether this did not cause permanent damage the reproductive system of the young boys. Calling for drastic action to be taken against such a barbaric act. The Headmaster owes us an explanation of why such a horrific act of indiscipline happened at his school. As a concerned parent of one of the victims I call for all the parents of students at Marist to request for change of the school administration with immediate effect.

  • Brutal Truth

    I don’t know whoever gave some parents the impression that boarding schools are a form of learning paradise to their children. Those of us that passed through there will tell you,B.S is wild like that

  • benjamin

    Children must be strongly advised by parents and teachers TO REPORT ANY FORM OF BULLYING without any fear. They must be told not to heed any threats of reprisals.

    If any sign of bullying takes place, whether verbal, physical or psychological, the child must run to report it immediately so that action is immediately taken to curtail the bullying before the bullies manage to instill fear in the children.

    The system works by FEAR. The bullies instill fear in their victims by falsely claiming serious consequences will take place should they report. In some cases, the victims are made to believe that it’s the school’s culture and authorities are well aware of it, so reporting will only make life worse for them. The school authorities therefore have a profound responsibility to MAKE IT CLEAR THAT ANY FORM OF BULLYING IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE THAT MUST BE REPORTED IMMODERATELY!!!!

  • Gotszman

    The school authorities (at the named institution) are very irresponsible to the extent that they cannot be entrusted with taking custody of our children.The magnitude of the harassment and torture is clear evidence that this place (school) is not a learning institution for our kids but instead a jungle. Secondly what these bullies did is that 1. They breached grossly school rules and must be punished heavily in accordance with the school code/rules and once the punishment has been meted out to the guilty ones they must be handed over to the police because they equally violated the laws of the country.What they did is criminal and such barbaric behaviour cannot be allowed to thrive in schools.Imagine what kind of people these boys will be if they are unleashed into the unsuspecting community-Total disaster.Last but not least Heads must roll at this school because failure by the authorities to maintain children discipline at the institution is equally culpable.

  • Sandura1

    It seems this school is not secure at all. How can these kids be tortured from 10 to 2 without an alarm being raised to teachers on duty. Why is the ZRP not getting involved here. Honestly who would send his child to a school so infested with dangerous young thugs.

  • Gotszman

    As a parent , I will keenly follow this matter to its logical conclusion.This is disgusting (for lack of a better word).