Drunk students spend night in police cells

Thirty-three drunken students, two teachers and a driver spent Friday night at Ol Kalou Police Station in Nyandarua County.

The 11 girls and 22 boys, all Form Four candidates at Naivasha Mixed High School in Nakuru County, were arrested at around 9pm in a bar in Ol Kalou town.

Police also found dozens of assorted alcoholic spirits and soft drinks laced with alcohol.

The 11 girls and 22 boys were released to the school’s board of management.

The teachers, aged 24 and 27, will be charged in court Monday.

The driver, 30, faces charges of being drunk and disorderly and carrying excess passengers.

At the police station, officers had a hard time controlling the visibly drunk students.

“Some girls were almost naked, indecently exposing their bodies,” a police officer said.

“They must have spent the better part of the day drinking.

“They were not even aware of the arrest; they sang and danced popular mugithi songs at the police station.”

The officer said some of the girls even invited onlookers who jammed the station to join them in merrymaking.

Officer Commanding Police Division Wilson Kosgei said his officers had monitored the school bus from Nyahururu town when the public reported careless driving and unusual behaviour exhibited by those aboard.

“They were on a school tour visiting Nakuru and later Nyahururu town. Motorists using Ol Kalou-Nyahururu road complained of careless driving and disgusting behaviour exhibited by the passengers,” Mr Kosgei said.

On arrival at Ol Kalou, unaware that they were under police surveillance, the bus stopped at the bar, where teachers bought more drinks for the students, the OCPD said.

“We decided to detain them at the police station for the safety of the students. It was better for parents to hear that their children are in police custody than get information that they were involved in a road accident,” the OCPD added.

The 33-seater bus had two additional passengers, whom the OCPD said were not insured.

Mr Kosgei also wondered why the school administration entrusted the students to the young male teachers without a female one to chaperone the girls.


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