One Short Dead, Others Injured As Gulu Central College Students Strike Over ManU Vs Man City Game, School Closed For Two Weeks

One Short Dead, Others Injured As Gulu Central College Students Strike Over ManU Vs Man City Game, School Closed For Two Weeks

Gulu Central College

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: At least one student has been shot dead and several others critically injured following a strike that turned violent at Gulu Central High School in Gulu on Sunday night.

The deceased student has been identified as Gabriel Rwotomiya, an S.3 student.

The students protested the administration’s decision to stop them from watching the football match between Manchester United and Manchester City.

Following the violent protest, more than 1,000 students were summoned by the school administration and ordered to vacate the school premises in 15 minutes under the watch of police officers.

The students protested the administration’s decision to stop them from watching the football match between Manchester United and Manchester City.

Gulu Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Francis Okello confirmed the incident and said that the strike started at around 7:30 pm when the school administration refused to broadcast the English Premier League Manchester Derby between Manchester City and Manchester United.

The game ended 4-1 in favor of the former.

According to Okello, the situation turned violent as students demanded that the game should be broadcast because they pay for entertainment.

“When the situation escalated, the school called in the police which tried to calm the students. The students insisted on watching the game and charge at the officers with stones, prompting them to fire teargas,” Okello said.

Okello further noted that when police realized that the students had overpowered them, they called in the army to de-escalate the situation.

“The army started firing bullets in the air to disperse them, one student had climbed a mango tree in the compound and he was hit by the bullet,” Okello added. The deceased was identified as Rwotomiya Gabriel, a Senior 3 student at the school.

The RCC said that the school has now been closed for two weeks as investigations into the matter continue.

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