An English teacher with the Islamic Senior High School at Abrepo, Kumasi, Kofi Antwi is currently unable to see after he was assaulted by the police during the recent chaos that occurred at the school.
This was disclosed by the Guidance and Counselling Coordinator for the Suame Municipal Assembly, Gladys Manu in an interview with Class FM’s Ashanti Regional Correspondent Elisha Adarkwah.
The teacher is alleged to have been assaulted by the Police when he confronted them in an attempt to stop them from brutalising the students during the chaos.
“I think it’s because of the tear gas because they used it on him and the tear gas it will take some time before…because it’s painful, so, the moment he opens his eyes he feels the pain”.
According to Mrs Manu who is also leading the couselling team in charge of helping the students overcome the trauma from the incident, the team has made some progress with the victims.
“Previously, there was anxiety, fear and a whole lot. But with the guidance and counselling team being with them from Monday till now, you can see them smiling chatting as if nothing is happening.
“Because we’ve told them it’s just an accident that happened. They should forgive themselves and forgive those that did those things and you can see from their faces, I think I don’t even have to tell you. They’re smiling, they’re okay, they have forgiven themselves and the police. Some were in a very bitter mood that they said, they can never forgive the Police. Somebody said she wanted to be a Policewoman but for now she has cancelled it. But the person is now okay saying that she has forgiven them and she has forgiven herself”, the Guidance and Counselling Coordinator explained.
She continued that: “All that we’re trying to do is to bring their minds back to their books and then forget about this issue and also guiding them that incase of anything, there’s a guidance and counselling coordinator in their school instead of going their own way, they should rather go to the coordinator, they should submit to him or her.”
She assured the students of their support for them.
She further continued that: “As for the teachers side, one teacher is seriously sick. From here we have to go there and visit him. He was just discharged yesterday but right now, he can’t see.”
She added that: “I think it’s because of the teargas. They used it on him, and it will take some time for him to see because it’s very painful.”
Thirty-eight students of the school were rushed to the hospital after they clashed with some police during a demonstration on Monday.
The students were demonstrating against the frequent knockdowns near their school and in their attempts to disperse the demonstrators, the police fired warning shots and tear gas at them.