Se­cret school birth pupil dumps baby in Blair toi­let

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

A FORM Four pupil at Ne­mane Ad­ven­tist High School in Tsholot­sho se­cretly gave birth at school and dumped the baby in a Blair toi­let.

The baby was re­trieved alive on Satur­day morn­ing and the mother and baby were ad­mit­ted to Tsholot­sho Dis­trict Hospi­tal fol­low­ing the self-de­liv­ery.

Gra­cious Gumbo (18) from Emakhan­deni sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo de­liv­ered while she was alone in the school toi­lets on Fri­day night.

It is al­leged that Gumbo was im­preg­nated by a fel­low stu­dent who is a year older than her.

A teacher at the school, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said the baby was re­trieved by some teach­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“We didn’t know that Gumbo was preg­nant be­cause she hid the preg­nancy from ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing fel­low pupils. We’re only learn­ing of it now that some girls in the school sus­pected her but when they tried to get the truth out of her, she de­nied be­ing preg­nant. “The in­ci­dent was dis­cov­ered on Satur­day morn­ing when some stu­dents gave teach­ers a tip-off that Gumbo had left the toi­let with blood stains,” said the source.

The source said when teach­ers called her for ques­tion­ing, she de­nied mess­ing the toi­let with blood.

“Gumbo had be­come a top sus­pect be­cause ear­lier in the night she had com­plained to one of the stu­dents of hav­ing stom­ach cramps. Af­ter in­tense in­ter­ro­ga­tion she ad­mit­ted to the bleed­ing but not giv­ing birth.

“She said when she was uri­nat­ing, some­thing plunged out of her, fall­ing into the pit. Mem­bers of staff ques­tioned her un­til she re­vealed that she had dropped the baby into the toi­let.”

A com­mu­nity mem­ber who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said they were glad that the baby had sur­vived.

A po­lice source said once she is dis­charged from hospi­tal, she will be charged.

“When the hospi­tal is done with check­ing the baby, we will def­i­nitely ar­rest the mother be­cause she is 18 and def­i­nitely knew what she was do­ing,” said the po­lice source.— @win­nie_ masara

Gra­cious Gumbo and her child at Tsholot­sho Dis­trict Hospi­tal

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