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Dagoretti High students hospitalized in fight over laundry sink

Parents and guardians of Dagoretti High School, Nairobi, on March, 6, 2023, visited the learning institution after 17 students were rushed to the hospital following a fight.

The fight is said to have started after two students exchanged blows over a laundry sink and escalated to a physical fight, which quickly involved other students using sticks to attack each other.

The head of police in Nairobi, Adamson Bungei, confirmed the incident, stating that the injured students were taken to the nearby Kikuyu and Kijabe Hospitals, with two of them sustaining serious injuries and requiring hospitalization.

The police arrived at the school to contain the situation and advised the students not to resort to violence over the use of school facilities, reminding them that they were all part of the same community.

The school administration declined to comment on the incident, leaving many unanswered questions about the root cause of the dispute and how the situation was handled.

Last year, three students sustained injuries while a teacher was beaten in a fight involving students from five secondary schools who had converged for a live set book performance in Kilgoris, Narok County.

The teacher of the host Poroko Secondary School, whom police identified as Fred Machokaa, reportedly spotted some students from Kilgoris Boys School in a “compromising situation” with one of his female students.

He then dispersed them, which did not sit well with the visiting students who roughed him up with blows and kicks, prompting students from Poroko to come to the aid of their teacher.

“Students from the visiting school began throwing plastic chairs, pieces of rocks and a hail of other projectiles at their hosts, provoking chaos that left three students seriously injured and property of unknown value destroyed,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said then.

In the melee that ensued, two students suffered head, neck and chest injuries and are admitted at a local hospital in fair condition while a third was treated and discharged in fair condition too.

“Police officers based at Kilgoris police station had a difficult time containing the riotous students who destroyed the school bus belonging to Poroko, window panes in one of the dormitories and plastic chairs,” detectives added.

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