Two teachers of Lubiri High School are being charged with Neglect to Prevent a Felony (C/S 389 of the Penal Code) after they failed to ‘exercise reasonable supervision’ of students on a bus returning from a field trip on the 10th of June 2022.
A video of a school bus stuck in a traffic jam with students who seemed to be engaging in inappropriate ‘sexual’ behaviour went viral prompting a divided public discourse and police intervention. Lubiri High School had hired the bus from Midland High School Kampala.
“As a result, we are recommending to the school management, the immediate suspension of students who participated in the indecent behaviour and those who recorded and posted the videos on social media. This will act as a lesson to other students in school, to behave more responsibly,” the police Friday said in a press statement.
“Upon their return to school, they will be counselled by probation officers in charge of the area, on appropriate behaviour and how to refocus their attention on learning,” it added.
It was further established that the bus carried 73 students, which was more than the sitting capacity of 67 students. “Although the driver did not solicit the number of students, which is excusable, it was not appropriate for the school to assign only two teachers, who failed to properly supervise the bus activities.
“It is against this background that the two teachers namely, Mr. Joseph Nsubuga and Ms. Lydia Nabakka, are being charged with Neglect to Prevent a Felony, C/S 389 of the Penal Code.
“Remember when parents bring their children to school, the school management must take care of their children and ensure they are safe.” the police noted and called on schools to take all necessary steps to ensure robust and reliable systems for preventing, reporting indiscipline, abuse, neglect of students.