Boaders at a Ugandan high school protesting against being locked in their dorms set fire to their dormitory – after locking themselves inside!
According to the report, the fire started about midnight after students threatened to strike and cut off power to the school. Apparently they were angry that girls were being locked inside their dormitories by school security guards. The girls claim it was to stop them from joining the boys to study in the prep rooms.
The guards apparently locked the dormitories from the outside, effectively imprisoning the girls.
This happened on Thursday at Standard College Ntungamo in the west of the country, according to Daily Monitor.
At least five girls were rushed to hospital, two with severe burns.
Cops have since arrested 32 students suspected of being involved with the arson.
A security guard told Daily Monitor that the school administration had instructed them to lock the girls in to prevent them from sneaking off to meet their male counterparts in town at night.
A student who did not want to be named said: “The girls said they would rather die instead of being held hostage.”
Principal Boaz Ruyimbazi said he was too shocked to comment.