Some students of the Nkwanta Senior High School in the Volta region have attacked and vandalized school properties over the seizure of mobile phones Monday evening.
According to reports, the students resorted to vandalism following the insistence of school authorities to ensure strict compliance with school rules that prevent the use of cell phones on campus.
Nkwanta South District Police Commander, ASP Williams Ayensu, confirmed the incident on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem Tuesday.
He said the rioting began after teachers seized mobile phones at the boys’ dormitory during a roll call. This infuriated the students and they decided to vent their anger on the teachers.
“The angry students started pelting stones at the teachers, smashed windscreens of schools buses and classroom windows and vandalised other properties,” the Police Commander stated.
He noted that properties damaged included four school buses, 16 motorbikes, smashed classroom windows and other properties at teachers’ bungalows.
The Nkwanta South Police Commander said a police vehicle was vandalised by the rampaging students, while some hurled stones at the police.
ASP Ayensu said 30 students involved in the rioting have been arrested pending investigations.
Headmaster of the school, BP Nyarko said he had to run for cover when the students started the riot around 10 pm.
He said all lights and pipelines have been destroyed and authorities had to call for police reinforcement.
Mr Nyarko said they were currently doing another roll call to ensure the safety of the students.
Meanwhile, the District Security Council at Nkwanta South will be meeting on the matter to decide the fate of the school and students.