Some students of Queens College, Lagos are protesting over an alleged case of sexual harassment of a junior secondary school student.
Reports on social media claimed that the student was abused by a teacher, Olaseni Oshifala, but the school authority has denied this claim.
The Principal of the school, Lami Amodu, who said in a statement that she has “zero tolerance for such behaviour”, maintained that “no single parent has come to me or any of my Vice-Principals to report Olaseni as a molester.
“I have investigated and we are not relenting in our determination to get to the bottom of this case.
“The man in question has been of impeccable character and committed service since I resumed work here. I can vouch for him”. She said
A mother of a student at Queen’s College Lagos had written to a blog, alleging that a teacher, sexually harassed her daughter.
“I would like to report the management of Queen’s College, Yaba. As I write, the principal and vice principals have, over a month now, deliberately suppressed several complaints of sexual harassment which my daughter and some other students have consistently reported to their class teacher, their year head, the head of department of the accused teacher and the principal’s office.
“My daughter is in JSS2, second term at Queen’s College. During their visiting day in first term she complained to me that there is an Integrated Science teacher, Mr O- who has been harrassing her and some other students.
“I asked her if the man had touched her and she said no, he only tells them that they are looking beautiful and he wants to marry them. I dismissed her complaints as typical compliments from a teacher.
“However, two weeks later, on Thursday, she called me late at night and she was crying bitterly. I could barely hear what she was saying until after I had calmed her down.
“Me myself I was scared, wondering what had happened. She told me then that this same Mr O-, who by the way, lives in the boarding house area, had cornered her on her way back from easing herself just before lights out.
“She told me that he called her and she thought he wanted to punish her for leaving her dorm room when it was almost lights out.
“But when she got closer to him, he was smelling of alcohol and she ran away from him. But he ran after her and grabbed her and tried to kiss her while touching her private parts”, the mother said in a letter to the blog.