Chaos at school as pupil attempts to drink human blood in class
There was chaos at Marulamantsi Junior Secondary School yesterday, after a student started displaying unusual behaviour during lessons.
It is alleged that the student stood up, took a sanitary pad and told her classmates that she wanted to suck blood from it. The startled students went into a shocked frenzy and started screaming, while rushing out of the classroom.
When some teachers tried to stop the said student, she bit one of the teacher's thumb. The other teachers then pulled her out of the classroom and dragged her to the administration block. It is alleged that when they got to the administration block, she tried to run away from the teachers. Another teacher got injured after tumbling to the ground while trying to hold her back. The student was then locked inside an office with some teachers and a lady pastor, who prayed for her. After a while, a male pastor arrived to join them.
When Mmegi arrived at the school, students loitered outside their classrooms, while teachers sat around the administration block. As the pastors prayed loudly, the student's eerie screams could be heard from outside. It is alleged that the student underwent counseling this past Friday and confessed that she was a Satanist and wanted to kill her father. It is reported that despite being called to the school, the student's parents didn't show up.
During the commotion, some students asked their parents to come and pick them up from school, as they were traumatised by the situation. Some teachers also claimed they could not return to their classes as they were also traumatised.
After a few hours, the pastors came out of the office with the student and drove off with her in their car. They are said to have gone to a local church with the student. The teachers were then summoned for a brief meeting by some representatives from the Ministry of Education. During the meeting, they were informed not to discuss the matter with the media, but refer them to the Director of Secondary Education and the Permanent Secretary of Education.
The teachers were also told to return to their classrooms to continue with their lessons as nothing would disturb them. In an interview with Mmegi, Director at the Department of Secondary Education Benson Rauwe said he was still waiting for a report about the chaos. However, Rauwe said whoever called the pastors to come to school was wrong as the correct procedure was to take the student to hospital or whereever her parents recommended.
"A school is a learning institution and students who go there come from different religious denominations. However, we will get all the information from the school head's report today, to get a better understanding of what transpired on the day," said Rauwe.
Rauwe further said it was right for his education officers to tell the teachers to continue with lessons as they are leaders at the school and are expected to lead by example by being composed. He added that teachers have basic counselling skills. "If the report indicates that students were emotionally affected, we will then take action to assist them," said Rauwe.