Student arrested over school fire

Masaka. Police in Masaka District are holding a Senior Two student of St Charles Lwanga Secondary School in Kalungu District in connection with a fire that razed a dormitory last week.
The 14-year-old girl was arrested last Thursday on accusations that she set the dormitory on fire after she used a match stick and set on fire a mosquito net on the bed of another student.
According to Masaka Southern Region police spokesman Noah Sserunjogi, the girl had previously been suspended from school on allegations of theft.
“The student has accepted burning the dormitory using a match stick she used to set fire on a mosquito net, which subsequently spread flames to the entire dormitory,” Mr Sserunjogi told Daily Monitor.
“The records at the school also indicate that the suspect had just completed her two weeks suspension for stealing sugar from a fellow student’s suitcase,” he said.
“When she returned after the suspension, her fellow students kept teasing her by calling her a habitual thief, which made her very bitter and she decided to punish all of them by burning their property,” he added.
The dormitory accommodated about 200 students and was launched last year. Police said the girl was apologetic in her statement made at police.
Mr Sserunjogi said police were still holding her for fear that she could commit suicide.
The girl’s confession exonerated the headmaster, Brother Anthony Lubowa, who was briefly held by police on suspicion that the fire could have been caused by bad wiring.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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