Since yesterday, the story of this girl has been trending online. Initial reports had it that she took a gun to school to shoot her teacher because her teacher asked her to spray her coloured hair back to black. Since then, the main question on the lips of everyone has been – how did she get the gun in the first place? Who gave a 17-year-old girl a gun?
The girl identified as Promise Idorenyin is a Senior Secondary 2 student of Community Secondary School, Ikot Ewa, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.
On Friday, the girl was paraded by the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande. And her boyfriend, whom she claimed gave the gun to her, was also paraded.
Sikiru Akande, while speaking about the matter, said that the double-barrel gun was discovered in the girl’s schoolbag by the principal of the school.
The state commissioner of police said that the girl has confessed that it was her boyfriend that gave the gun to her.
The girl said that her boyfriend gave her the gun to go and repair, but she decided to take it to school to show her friends.
She was then asked how long she has known the man, and she said she knew him since August last year, that the man has been supporting her with some school items, but her parents had insisted he should not pay her school fees. She said her parents know the boyfriend very well, that he usually comes to her room to meet her, because she has her own room in their house. She also said that sometimes the guy would pass the night in her room, and in the morning he would return back to her family because he is a family man.
She said she did not take the gun to school to shoot her teacher, that she does not have problem with her teachers. She admitted that she coloured her hair last December but the Vice Principal asked her to dye it back to black, and she did.
She also confessed that she belongs to a cult group called Sky Queens Confraternity, but that she is an ordinary member and does not hold any position in the cult.
Her boyfriend is a 38-year-old man identified as Effiom.
While speaking about the issue, Mr Okon Edet said he is a married man with 6 children. He admitted he owns the gun that the girl took to school, but said he did not give her the gun, that she took it by herself from where he kept it under the bed.
He said he has been having an affair with Promise since last year, and her mother knows him. He added that he has been doing small something on the girl’s head, and her family knows that she is his wife.
This is very heartbreaking for several reasons. I keep wondering what a 17-year-old girl was doing in a romantic relationship when she’s supposed to be focused on her studies. And worst is that her parents even supported the relationship.
For the guy, I wonder what he saw in this little girl that made him choose to ruin her life. A man that has his own family with six children, yet he could not allow this little girl to concentrate on her studies.
Well, I think no matter what became of this girl, her parents have a hand in it, because it’s shocking that they approved their 17-year-old daughter to be in a relationship with a married man who is more than double her age. I feel her parents failed her.
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Credit: Punch, The Nation.