Teacher’s Satanist tatoos spark off trou­ble

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Tendai Guku­tikwa and Ad­mire Mhaka

PAN­DE­MO­NIUM rocked Gom­bakomba Pri­mary School last week as fu­ri­ous par­ents boy­cotted an an­nual gen­eral meet­ing and bayed for the blood of an ECD teacher who al­legedly in­scripted ‘satanic tat­toos’ on their chil­dren.

Tem­pers flared as cha­grined par­ents vouched to mete in­stant jus­tice on an ECD teacher (name with­held), over al­le­ga­tions that she tat­tooed and al­legedly ini­ti­ated the ECD pupils she teaches into satanism.

When The Man­ica Post vis­ited the school on Tues­day some par­ents were still vis­i­bly an­gry and de­mand­ing an­swers over the teacher’s con­duct.

Mrs Mar­garet Jakachira, who stays with her fouryear-old grand­child, said the child has of late been be­hav­ing strangely. She stressed that the prob­lem started when the child was ‘tat­tooed WW’ on his leg us­ing a mighty marker. The tat­toos were al­legedly in­scripted on Fe­bru­ary 15. The let­ters are still vis­i­ble on the boy’s right leg. The boy’s strange be­hav­iour has been trou­bling her granny for the past month.

“My grand­child has been be­hav­ing strangely since he was tat­tooed by that woman, and had it not been for the prayers and holy wa­ter that we were given at church, he would have been worse. I re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, but have not re­ceived the much re­quired as­sis­tance yet. The school head claims to have re­ported the mat­ter to the min­istry too. At church, they told us that the tat­toos were satanic and that they (Satanists) wanted his brains since he was very in­tel­li­gent. The Satanists have been ex­posed be­fore,” said Mbuya Jakachira.

Fol­low­ing the fall­out be­tween the fam­ily and the teacher, Mbuya Jakachira has re­quested that her grand­child to be moved to a dif­fer­ent class.

The school has granted her re­quest. An­other par­ent Mr Farai Ma­pung­wana, whose two chil­dren were also tat­tooed by the same teacher, said one of them, now in Grade Two was tat­tooed in 2016 with a mighty marker and the in­scrip­tion is still vis­i­ble.

Mutare Ru­ral District Coun­cil Ward 6 rep­re­sen­ta­tive Clr Wash­ing­ton Mu­radzikwa said the in­ci­dent has pro­voked anger among par­ents re­sult­ing in the abor­tion of the school AGM. “I ac­tu­ally talked to the head­mas­ter and told him that it was bet­ter that the teacher who al­legedly marked the child be trans­ferred from the school since ev­ery­one is now vy­ing for her blood. For the sake of the school’s re­la­tions with the par­ents that is the only vi­able op­tion avail­able. As be­cause as we speak some par­ents are de­mand­ing that their chil­dren be re­moved from the teacher’s class. They have lost trust in and re­spect for her. They are fed up with her, and that puts her life in dan­ger too. Once trust is lost, it’s dif­fi­cult to re­gain,” said Clr Mu­radzikwa.

The school head Mr Steven Make­denge de­nied re­ports that par­ents were de­mand­ing that their chil­dren be re­moved from teacher’s class.

He also dis­puted claims that the four- year-old boy had al­ready been moved to an­other class. He said as a school they had made some ar­range­ments to ac­com­mo­date both par­ents and teach­ers com­fort­ably.

He said the mat­ter has since been re­ported to po­lice. He how­ever re­fused to di­vulge finer de­tails cit­ing re­stric­tive pro­to­col. Ef­forts to get a com­ment from the teacher were fruit­less as her mo­bile phone was not read­ily avail­able.

An ECD learner shows one of the tatoos al­legedly in­scribed by the teacher

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