- These are not the best of times for the board and management of Dowen College in the Lekki area of Lagos
- The school has been in the news these past few days for all the wrong reasons following the death of one of its students
- Another parent has corroborated what the late Sylvester Oromoni said about bullying and the culture of silence in the school
Lagos - A parent has said that her son had faced a similar ordeal to that of the late Sylvester Oromoni as a pupil of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos.
The mother shared her experience during a zoom meeting organised by the Concerned Parents and Educators’ network – a group of about 200,000 parents and educators started by education branding specialist, Mrs. Yinka Ogunde on Saturday night, December 4.
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The Nation newspaper quoted the woman as saying:
“My son was a victim. They did exactly what they did to Sylvester to my boy. They put off the light; they beat him; they were dancing around; they put a box on his head – seven of them. They forced my son to kneel down; they put a suitcase on his head; they were dancing around him like an acoustic thing.”
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The woman went on to say that girls in the school were lucky because the woman in charge, Madam Celine, was a disciplinarian.
“Everything Sylvester Oromoni said is the truth. The principal told me that she saw my son’s video of being bullied but she did not think it was important to act because it was not yet online. So she slept on it.
“The school was collecting N3 million and you cannot put ordinary CCTV camera? 11-year-old boy that just left them in September and they bullied him – seven boys.”
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On his part, popular Delta politician and 2023 governorship hopeful, Olorogun David Edevbie has shared his thoughts on the death of Sylvester on his official Facebook page.
“What happened to young Sylvester is a reflection of a society where sometimes we are not guided by core values of mutual respect, love and acceptance, empathy, integrity, understanding, graciousness, and so on.
“I call on the appropriate law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that anyone found guilty is brought to justice.
“More so, I implore us all to take this as a call to reflect on our common humanity always.”
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In a related development, the First Lady of Lagos state, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Monday, December 6 commiserated with the parents of Sylvester, describing the circumstances surrounding his death as heartbreaking.
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A distraught Dr. Sanwo-Olu said the incident was a big slap on the face of the education sector, the community, and Lagos state as a whole.
She further described the incident as unfortunate, saying never again should it reoccur in the state.
Sylvester Oromoni: Family hires Femi Falana against Dowen College
Meanwhile, the family of Sylvester has hired the popular human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, to prosecute the case against Dowen College over the unfortunate death of their son.
To kick start the case, Falana has written to the office of Lagos state’s chief coroner, requesting an inquest into the circumstances leading to the death of Sylvester.
The letter, which was dated Monday, December 6, and signed by Taiwo Olawale, was addressed to the chief coroner in the high court of Lagos state.