The Akro Senior High Technical School in the Eastern Region was shutdown following the alleged lynching of a suspected thief by some students of the school, officials have confirmed.
The decision to suspend academic work was in consultation with the Eastern Regional Security Council following tensions in the school hours after the incident, the Ghana Education Service (GES) said on Sunday.
Two male adults, suspected to be thieves, came under attack when they invaded the girls’ dormitory on Friday, January 21. One of them died when some students launched an attack on them.
The incident has created tension in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal town of Akro, as some angry youth threaten a reprisal attack.
“Given the situation, a good number of the students have already left although we are yet to complete the academic year of 2021. We started with the examinations but under the current situation, it will not be safe to keep them so we have asked that they go back home so that if everything normalizes we come back safe and continue to finish the academic year”, said Emmanuel Acheampong, a spokesperson for the GES in the Eastern Region told Accra-based Citi TV.
School authorities say they’re not sure how the criminals managed to get onto the school compound.
“One thief came in the night and we managed to apprehend him. While we were keeping him for the police to come for him, another one emerged threatening the student that, if the other thief is not released, he will bring others from the town to beat them up. This infuriated the students and they beat him. We managed to rescue him. The police came in and took him to the hospital. Upon reaching there he was pronounced dead.”
“The thief was caught by the students so they started beating him before we came out of our bungalows. We do not know how he managed to get into the compound because the place is walled. So we do not know if he scaled the wall and he did not even keep quiet but he came threatening the students, and that is what annoyed them”, the Headmaster of the school, Charles Osombaa stated.
Security has been beefed up in the school to prevent any eventuality.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH