Acid In Bottle: Family Withdraws 11-yr-old Poison Victim Threatens Lawsuit

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The parents of an 11-year-old female pupil of Lekki British International School, Lekki, Lagos State, have reportedly withdrawn her from the school.

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The family according to reports also threatened legal action over the alleged indifference of the school management to the incident.

The pupil’s aunt told newsmen on Thursday that the family members were furious with the poor handling of the case.

Punch had reported that the 12-year-old Junior Secondary School I pupil was envious of the 11-year-old classmate, who had beaten him to the first position during the first and second terms.

He allegedly sneaked into the school laboratory and mixed sulphuric acid and ethanol which he poured into her water bottle.

An official of Lekki British school, in a telephone conversation with correspondent on Wednesday, said the 12-year-old had been expelled from the school.

She added that the school had also referred him for psychological and psychiatric tests.

However, the aunt told newsmen that the family was not aware of the expulsion, saying her niece had been withdrawn from the school.

She criticised the school for allegedly blaming the 11-year-old for provoking the boy into the act, adding that she was forced to write a letter of apology.

She said, “She joined the school about two weeks into the commencement of the first term and she did well during the first and second terms.

“But unknown to her, this particular boy was after her life. On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, around 1.30pm, they went on a lunch break. The boy took her water bottle from her bag and poured out the water in it.

“He went to the toilet and poured the acid into the water bottle. Two other pupils walked in at that point and queried him on what he was doing. He begged them not to tell anybody, but the boys told her and she informed the school authorities before calling her parents.

“Initially, we were told that the owner of the school was not around. The following Monday, the mother was told that the boy would be given a week suspension after their exams.

“The shocking part is that by the next day, the owner of the school called the girl into her office and asked her to write an apology letter, saying that she provoked the boy into the act.”

She explained that the incident traumatised the 11-year-old.

The mother was said to have withdrawn her from the school, just as the offender allegedly sat for the exams.

She said, “We are planning to sue the school for negligence. If the school management is claiming that the boy has been expelled, when did that happen? Was it after he completed the exams and now that the school is about to vacate?”

When Punch correspondent reached out to the school on its official line, the phone rang out several times.

A text message had also yet to be replied to as of press time.

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