MAZUNGUNYE Secondary School in Bikita, Masvingo, was yesterday reportedly forced to suspend classes after several students started behaving strangely in what is suspected to be a “Satanism” scare.
Report by Tatenda Chitagu
Irate parents reportedly later stormed the school demanding answers from the school head as several students went hysterical with others falling unconscious.
It is understood that several students started behaving strangely in the morning, with others collapsing and falling into trances. The drama was allegedly sparked by a Form Three male student who went feverish before several others were affected, with other students running away from classrooms heading home where they told their parents of the incident.
An eye witness who refused to be named said: “It all started with one boy and the rest of the class joined in. Many others ran home where they told their parents who then came to the school. By end of day, no learning was taking place and we wonder if they (students) will attend tomorrow.”
Parents stormed the school, demanding audience with the school head.
Bikita district education officer only identified as Jenjedza confirmed the “Satanism” scare, but said he was not authorised to talk to the Press.
“I have forwarded all that information to the provincial offices so you can get those details from there. Talk to my seniors in Masvingo,” Jenjedza told NewsDay.
Masvingo provincial education director Clara Dube was not picking up her phone yesterday.
She was said to be in a series of meetings in Harare while her deputy only identified as Chikwange said he wanted to seek clearance from his superiors.
“I have to get clearance from my superiors first, talk to me tomorrow after I get all the details,” he said.
Several schools have been hit by reports of Satanism with the latest being a Sunningdale School in Harare.