Police in Trans Nzoia are investigating an incident where a pupil died after allegedly being punished on Friday, with residents holding protests demanding investigations and action against the teacher.
Mike Wanjala, a 12-year-old pupil in Grade Five at Namanjalala Primary School, died at 11 p.m. after being admitted to the Kitale County Hospital while in a critical condition.
His classmates told the media that he died after his teacher ordered him to run 13 times in the playground as punishment after he allegedly broke a goalpost.
According to a report by Nation, the boy fainted and started vomiting blood after finishing his punishment before the accused teacher ordered security guards to take him home.
“Mike was brought here by the school guard, and he was vomiting blood, so we decided together with another neighbor to rush him to the hospital as we informed the mother, who was away,” said Edith Juma, a neighbor who rushed him to the hospital since his parents had gone to work, as quoted by Nation.
His mother, Catherine Wanjala, found her son in a critical condition when he visited the hospital.
“My son was well when he left home for school in the morning. Why would a teacher punish a child like that? It is very painful to me as a mother, and I want justice for my son,” she said.
Her son would later die. Medics told her that he might have suffered bleeding in the brain when he passed out at the school.
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.