There was a standstill at St. Monica’s Girls in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County, following an incident in which a cook allegedly poured hot water on students after they had gone to ask for it to prepare breakfast.
The three students are said to have entered the dining hall at around 6.45 am to be served hot water for they did not want to use milk like the rest, only to meet an enraged cook, Vincient Juma.
The cook is said to have scolded the girls before he angrily poured the hot water on them. Their screams called the whole school to attention and sent students rushing to the scene.
The three students were immediately put in the school van and rushed to the Kitale County Hospital where they were examined and found with scald wounds, treated and two of them released.
The Form One girl who suffered severe injuries on the right side of the face, arm, and thighs was transferred to the Kiminini Cottage Hospital.
The school worked to conceal the matter from journalists, but a student who was going home for the holiday confirmed the incident and said her schoolmates were injured after hot water was poured on them.
Bishop Maurice Anthony Crowley, who is head of the Catholic diocese in Kitale and chair of the school’s Board of Management, confirmed the incident and said the cook, who has served the school for a long time, could have been a bit disturbed in the fateful morning.
“It is true that hot water was poured and one student was slightly injured. She was admitted at the Kiminini Cottage Hospital where she was treated and later released,” he said.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.