Mrs Roli Abayomi-Samuel, the mother of a seven-year-old primary two pupil of Pedrisi School, Ogoyo, Lekki, Lagos State, has asked the school authorities to return the shaved hair of her son.
The mother made the request following the receipt of a letter from the school, terminating the membership of the pupil and his three other siblings.
The school also refunded their fees.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the school and the woman were at loggerheads over the circumstances surrounding the shaving of a part of her son’s head in the school.
Abayomi-Samuel told our correspondent that she made the discovery when he returned from the school with his siblings on Friday, January 18, 2019.
She stated that upon enquiry, her son told her that he woke up to the shaved head while he was in the classroom.
The mother of four explained that the boy explained that it was his classmate who drew his attention to the shaved part.
She said, “My husband dropped the four of them off at the school that day. I was supposed to go and collect them, but I was very tired to drive.
I begged that the school bus should bring them home. Immediately my son came in, I saw the shaved head. I was shocked.
“I quickly drove to the school and met with a teacher. The teacher said he saw the boy in the morning but his head was not like that then.
The teacher said the incident probably happened on the playground. My son mentioned the name of one of his classmates. He said he was sleeping in the class when the classmate woke him up and mocked him over the shaved part.
“I went to the boy’s house. He said he did not do it. I asked my son if he went to the playground to play; he said no.
The proprietress came to my house on Sunday and I asked her to investigate, but she did not do anything.”
Abayomi-Samuel, a caterer, said she did not let her children go to school the following Monday and Tuesday, adding she was surprised that the proprietress, who is also the principal, did not bother to call her to know why the children were absent.
She said she reported the case at the Ogombo Police Division on Tuesday evening and the proprietress was invited to the station.
She recalled, “The proprietress came with the class teacher and a nanny, but they denied knowing anything about it. A pupil was also invited.
The boy told the DPO that the teacher had come to his house about the matter. He said he saw the pupil, who my son had identified to have shaved his head. Why would the teacher go to the boy’s house when she was not a police officer?”
The mother said the police eventually maintained that the head was shaved by the pupil on the playground, adding that she suspected the investigation was influenced.
She said the family allowed the children to return to the school on Monday, January 28 while hoping to get to the root of the matter.
She stated, “My husband took my children to school on Monday. When I went to pick them up in the afternoon, the principal gave me a letter and a cheque, refunding their fees.
Since the incident occurred, she has not called to apologise. I need my son’s hair.
“I didn’t have the intention of withdrawing my children. Even when the matter was being investigated, I went to buy new uniforms for them because their uniforms are old.
I am a mother; if I see something that annoys me, won’t I talk? The school claimed they learnt I wanted to withdraw my children; did I inform them? Now that they have returned the school fees, I also want my son’s hair.
I don’t believe it was a child that shaved his head,” she added.
However, the school principal and proprietress, Isi Adigwe, said the management’s investigation revealed that the boy’s head was shaved by a pupil on the playground after the closing time.
She said, “On Saturday (a day after the incident), I called for a meeting with the staff members.
From my investigation, I discovered that the incident must have occurred when the children were waiting for their parents to come and pick them up.