Islamic SHS Shooting: English Teacher Nearly Blinded By Tear Gas
Kofi Antwi, an English teacher at the Islamic Senior High School in Abrepo, Kumasi, is temporarily blind after being attacked by police during the recent pandemonium at the school.
Gladys Manu, the Suame Municipal Assembly’s Guidance and Counselling Coordinator revealed this in an interview.
When the teacher engaged the officers in an attempt to stop them from brutalizing the pupils during the turmoil, he was allegedly beaten by them.
“I think it’s because of the tear gas; because they used it on him and the tear gas it will take some time before…because it’s painful, so, the moment he opens his eyes he feels the pain.”
Mrs. Manu, who is also in charge of the therapy team tasked with assisting the pupils in overcoming the trauma caused by the occurrence, claims that the team has made some progress with the victims.
“Previously, there was anxiety, fear, and a whole lot. But with the guidance and counseling team being with them from Monday till now, you can see them smiling and chatting as if nothing is happening. Because we’ve told them it’s just an accident that happened. They should forgive themselves and forgive those that did those things and you can see from their faces, I think I don’t even have to tell you. They’re smiling, they’re okay, they have forgiven themselves and the police. Some were in a very bitter mood that they said, they can never forgive the Police. Somebody said she wanted to be a Policewoman but for now she has canceled it. But the person is now okay saying that she has forgiven them and she has forgiven herself,” the Guidance and Counselling Coordinator explained.
She continued: “All that we’re trying to do is to bring their minds back to their books and then forget about this issue and also guiding them that in case of anything, there’s a guidance and counseling coordinator in their school instead of going their own way, they should rather go to the coordinator, they should submit to him or her.”
After a confrontation with police during a rally on Monday, 38 kids from the school were brought to the hospital.
The students were protesting the frequent knockdowns near their school when the police fired warning shots and tear gas at them in an attempt to disperse them.