Police on Wednesday, December 15 briefly arrested four students of Gititu Mixed Secondary School in Gatanga, Murang’a County after photos of them lying drunk went viral across social media.
The photos seen by Viral Tea showed them lying in a drunken state at Makuyu Police Station after they were alleged to have come from a party the previous night.
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The two boys and two girls were on their way back home from school for the December holidays after the institution closed on Monday, December 13.
Residents of Kenol town had raised an alarm to police officers after the students, still in their uniforms, asked for directions to the main bus stage. One of them revealed that they were drunk and were communicating in slurred speech.
Murang’a South Sub-County Police Commander Alexander Shikondi revealed to The Standard that the minors were taken to Kenol Police Station, but were released shortly thereafter.
Shikondi added that the students were in dire need of help, thus he alerted the school principal who sent representatives to pick up the teenagers, whose parents were also alerted.
“The students needed medical attention and counselling. We, therefore, alerted the principal of Gititu Secondary School, Francis Mutemwa, who sent representatives to pick the teenagers. The children’s parents were also alerted,” he revealed.
Principal Mutemwa added that he handed the students over to their guardians for further assistance.
Shikondi added that investigations were launched to determine who sold the alcohol to the students. This is as residents of Kenol town revealed that the sale of alcohol to students in uniform was commonplace in bars around the area.
On the same day, students from the same school were injured in a road accident where a driver died after a bus he was driving belonging to Neo Kenya Mpya overturned. Reports indicated that the accident involved two buses that had ferried the students.
The bus was reportedly being driven by a conductor who was not authorised, nor was he qualified to do so.
Eyewitnesses revealed to the media outlet that the two buses were speeding and were closely following each other. The accident occurred when the second bus had tailgated the lead bus that eventually overturned.
The driver leapt out of the vehicle on noticing what was happening but died in the process, making him the only reported fatality. Passers-by had helped to pull the students from the wreckage as rescue teams arrived to rush the students to the medical facilities across the country.