-Students of the Fumbisi Senior High Agric School have vandalised countless school properties during a protest on Sunday
-The students were protesting consistent delays in their meal time
-A total of 11 students were hospitalised over the riots while 28 have been arrested to assist in police investigations
There was chaos at the Fumbisi Senior High Agric School in the Builsa South district of the Upper East Region as students protested delays in their meal times on Sunday.
The students, YEN.com.gh understands, were supposed to go for dinner around 5:30pm but as at 7:00pm, their food, kenkey with fried fish and pepper, was not ready.
"At 7:00pm, the food was not ready for us. At that time, we were supposed to be in classroom for preps. This is not the first time. It happens all the time. We can take lunch at 4:00pm when we are supposed to take it at 2:00pm", one the students told Bolgantaga-based Tanga Radio.
Not being the first time, some of them got angry and called for a general boycott of the meal in protest against the consitent delays.
This suggestion for a boycott was, however, not supported by a section of the students and they defied it when the cooks brought some food into the dinning hall.
The division resulted in chaos inside the hall as those who preferred the boycott hurled stones at their other mates who also retaliated.
In the ensuing melee which lasted for hours, students chased after teachers and the cooks with sticks and stones.
Some students also took advantage of the chaotic situation to break into the school's food store to steal many food items while others caught stray animals on the compound.
It took the intervention of armed police officers to bring the situation under control.
The riots led to the hospitalisation of 11 students, some of whom fainted and sustained serious injuries during a stampede.
"As the police were giving the warning bullets, the students, especially the females, collapsed. That is how some of them were taken to the hospital,” the student explained.
Apart from the many injuries and the stolen items, the school's 32 inch TV set, several louvre blades, doors, windows, the police commander’s car, among others were badly damaged.
The police after crushiing the riot arrested 28 students to assist them in investigations.
Meanwhile there are suggestions that the students actions were encouraged by some teachers and the Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari has asked the Regional Education office to investigate and transfer any teacher found culpable.
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