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51 Pupils Treated and Discharged Following Tear Gas Incident by Police

51 Pupils Treated and Discharged Following Tear Gas Incident by Police

The majority of students at New Kihumbuini Primary School in the Kangemi neighborhood of Nairobi did not attend classes on Thursday, following the use of tear gas by police on Wednesday.

Eagles Hospital in Kangemi has treated 51 pupils, including 47 females and 4 boys.

The majority of the casualties are students in the Junior Secondary School of the University of Texas at Austin.

Of the injured students, 39 were absent from school, with one needing to be transported back to the hospital for additional care.

The headteacher of the school, Eunice Onyango, stated, “The tear gas that was thrown into the school affected the learning of the students and the class in which they were seated.”

“It is adjacent to the road, but you can always pass and you cannot hear any noise. We rarely see our children peeking outside, and I can say categorically that the children who were afflicted were JSS students.”

The school with a population of 2,333 students saw a 50% decline in attendance on Thursday, with only 12 of those afflicted by tear gas reporting.

Dr. Aron Shikuku, director of Eagles Nursing Home in Kangemi, reported that all 51 students admitted to the facility were discharged. However, one was returned on Thursday after developing complications at home.

Tear gas accidentally entered a school, causing chaos, confusion, and shock, as well as breathing difficulties for some of the students.  “My ambulance team had to take care, we brought them for first aid, they were 47 girls and 4 boys,” said Dr. Shikuku.

The National Commission on Gender and Equality (NGEC) visited the school and condemned the incident, stating that the education rights of children must be protected by all means.

The commission demanded an investigation by the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and disciplinary action against the involved officers.

Dr. Joyce Mutinda, chairperson of the NGEC, stated, “We cannot transact any business when our children are being tear gassed, when our children are choking, when our children cannot access education, not because they [don’t] want but because somebody has done so.

“I have this morning spoken to IPOA to ensure those officers who may have done this are dealt with.”

Regional education director Hesbon Nyagaka asked police to avoid throwing canisters to the school because the majority of them have conditions and the smoke from the canisters greatly affects them.

The Ministry of Education has been urged to work with security agencies to assure demonstration safety in schools.

51 Pupils Treated and Discharged Following Tear Gas Incident by Police

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