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School Dean of Students Affairs Beats Student Mercilessly, But Expresses Regrets

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A 10th-grade student of the Soltiamon Christian School is nursing bodily injuries received as a result of the brutal beating she received from the Dean of Students Affairs after she was seen in the corridor without an access pass.

According to the Mary Paul (real name), she took advantage of her free class period to go down stairs to her colleague to borrow sanitary pad after she noticed that her pad had finished but she needed a change of pad.

She explained that on her way back to class, she met the Dean of Students Affairs, Solomon Joah, who asked her why was she out of class and after she explained, he insisted he wanted to see the sanitary paid to ascertain whether she was saying the truth.

“I had an issue with sanitary pads because mine had finish and I was seeing my menses, so I went to borrow some from my friend. While on my way back to my class, he met me and asked why I was out of class and I explained that it was personal but he insi sted that I tell him. I explained that I went to borrow pad from a friend, he insisted I show him the pad so I showed the pad and he ordered the boy to hold me to be whipped me. After the first 65 lashes he said, I disrespected him because I didn’t cry so he ordered that they hold me again for another 65 lashes,” the victim explained.

The victim has been home since the incident. Her parents told FrontPageAfrica they are considering finding another school for her as they believe that Soltiamon is no longer safe for her.

Currently the victim is experiencing pains and has been home for days. The parents of the student have also threatened to find another school for their kid because they don’t feel safe with their daughter being in the school.

Atty. Margaret Nigba, the family lawyer, told FrontPageAfrica that a formal communication has been served the Education Ministry, the Ministry of Gender and the Police. She said the case is currently in court.

“I had an issue with sanitary pads because mine had finished and I was seeing my menses, so I went to borrow some from my friend. While on my way back to my class, he met me and asked why I was out of class and I explained that it was personal but he insisted that I tell him. I explained that I went to borrow pad from a friend, he insisted I show him the pad so I showed the pad and he ordered the boy to hold me to be whipped me. After the first 65 lashes he said, I disrespected him because I didn’t cry so he ordered that they hold me again for another 65 lashes,” the victim explained.

Atty. Nigba: “This is a human right violation; if you see she was seeing her menses, this is a situation you cannot control, it is part of women’s makeup. After the student showed him the pad, that was sufficient reason to pardon.

“This is equivalent to torture, it is not a regular punishment and her rights need to be protected. There are lot of people who have concern about this issue. This is a regular happening at the school. We all accept discipline in school, but what was done to this girl was torture.”

She has also called on the Ministry of Education to review school’s policy on discipline. This is not about her, this should be a precedent and deterrent for others involved in such act.

The situation has reached the attention of the Senate’s Committee on Education and according to information, they are contemplating on inviting the school’s administration and the Ministry of Education.

Joah’s Reaction

“Never in the past have we have such a troubling moment. While it is true that I believe in discipline, I also think it must be served with caution and to the family of the student, I honestly take responsibility for my action and it is my hope that we could be partners again to ensure the student gets the best. I wish to let her know that she’s still my daughter and I, your father, a relationship built over the years in earnest. I am a human and I am prone to errors. As I’ve always said to you all, I love you and I do even in these moments.“ – Solomon Juah, Jr.

Speaking to FrontPageAfrica, Mr. Joah expressed regrets over the action, but clarified that 130 lashes is an exaggeration of the truth. According to him, his intent was not to be cruel to the student who he had always considered and treated like a daughter, rather to instill some form of discipline but went overboard.

He further wrote:

To my students and parents,

I am Solomon M. Joah Jr. Director for Students Affairs of the Soltiamon Christian School System. I am devoted Christian, a father, husband, brother and cheerful giver. My daughter and student (name withheld) like other students have had a greater and motivational teacher and student relationship. I hope those positive values can be remembered as I have honestly served my students with passion. My family wishes this imposing hadn’t happened.

I have served in the capacity as Director of your chosen school for 10 years and have graduated nine classes with some of the finest pupils of our time with distinction in public exams making very beautiful, patriotic and well-meaning citizens.

Our school has been one of the best in the republic because of our collective strives harmonizing parents and teachers relationship to ensuring quality and high standards for our students.

The case in question of one of my students is regrettable and unprecedented but least we note that never had any student in our school been given lashes that would inflict pain on them or cause grievous wounds. It was quite unfortunate that what supposed to be an acceptable minimal disciplinary action meted out to the student turned out to be a violation that I personally regret as a father of so many children.

My involvement with students at SCSS has seen many students excel in their career paths, developing the needed character for a better future not only for themselves but our dear country.

Over the year we have supervised our students’ engagement in international students competition like this year Diamond Challenge held in the United States of America.

Our school, as you may have heard last week for the second year in succession won the best press club at the Youth Media Action Competition

We have introduced our annual gala anniversary that includes athletics for our students in preparing them for future careers

As the Director, I’ve endeavor to ensure school facilities including Library, Science and Computer Laboratories are fully equipped to meet the need for applied sciences for our students.

Our graduates under my supervision are amongst the best of students in our country and are doing exceptionally well in higher educational institutions. Those of our students that are within the working class of our society are high performers. This is a record we cherish and thanks to our parents and students for the support.

All of these positive attributes are a direct result of our support and the discipline instilled in our students while at Soltiamon.

Never in the past have we have such a troubling moment. While it is true that I believe in discipline, I also think it must be served with caution and to the family of the student, I honestly take responsibility for my action and it is my hope that we could be partners again to ensure the student gets the best. I wish to let her know that she’s still my daughter and I, your father, a relationship built over the years in earnest. I am a human and I am prone to errors. As I’ve always said to you all, I love you and I do even in these moments.