Police last week picked up 20 Eveline High School pupils for questioning on allegations that they were practising lesbianism.
Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Bekimpilo Ncube confirmed the incident although he refused to give details.
He said police were still monitoring activities at the school.
“We are closely monitoring activities at the school but I can’t go deeper into the nitty-gritties because this may jeopardise our investigations,” he said.
Eveline is a girls-only high school, and most of the implicated girls play soccer for local soccer team Carlton Football Club.
Insiders at the school said the matter came to light after the team went for a soccer tournament in Nswazi in Umzingwane District of Matabeleland South.
“While there the team members had a misunderstanding and one of the girls accused other pupils of being lesbians. This carried on to the school until the issue was heard by the school authorities,” said a teacher at the school.
“The headmistress asked one of the girls to write a report, resulting in her detailing everything highlighting what the girls were doing. She even went to the extent of pairing up the girls involved.”
The matter was then reported to the police, resulting in the police rounding up the girls at the school. Police sources said the girls were questioned and later released.
“Although it is generally believed that something was happening, such cases are difficult because you need to catch someone in the act to be totally sure. Investigations are however still in progress,” said another police officer.