The parents of students in Dowen college and a former counsellor have had a meeting via zoom concerning the condition of the hostels in the school.
Recall that 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni died after he was allegedly assaulted by some seniors in the school.
Naija News reports that the Lagos State government had temporarily shut down the school, while investigations are ongoing.
There has been public outrage with many Nigerians calling for justice for the deceased and his family.
A video of a Zoom meeting making the rounds on social media revealed a former counsellor of the school stating that the structure of the school hostel was not built properly in a way the students could be monitored.
He said: ”I worked at Dowen college for several years. One of the problems we have with most of the boarding houses today is that the structures are not purpose built for boarding houses. I might be referring to Dowen college.
“In a situation where you have several floors and no floor has a house parent monitoring the students. By the time you hear a sound and you go upstairs, the seniors have changed the story. That’s exactly what happened at Dowen college.
“From the first day they moved most the students from a hired building into a permanent hostel, it was a time bomb waiting. Eventually I resigned because of that situation. The children are not well monitored’’
A parent in the school also revealed how her son was bullied.
She said: “The thing that they did to Sylvester Oromoni, they did it to my son. They entered the room. They put off the light. Seven of them who brought my son to kneel down. They put a suitcase on his head.
“They were dancing round him like an occultic gathering. They were beating him at the same time. They took out a phone, They recorded it. That video is online somewhere. And you are telling me that you left Dowen because of the bullying. Why did you not say it so that people would not make the mistake of taking our children..I have been crying since on Thursday when I saw this video. I have not eaten. I have not drank. I have not slept. A child has died. That boy was 11 years. Same age with my son. It could have been my son that died. I was lucky. Sylvester wasn’t lucky.
“You are saying this now having observed this thing for nine years. What basis are you talking? On what grounds are you talking? They give security man in Dowen college ATM to go and withdraw N50, 000 and they begin to spend the money. Children would spend money. The children call security men by their names. ”