Banned World Cup matches angers Zim learners

Students broke 569 window panes, vandalised furniture, kitchen utensils and the deputy headmaster’s car.

Students broke 569 window panes, vandalised furniture, kitchen utensils and the deputy headmaster’s car.

HARARE - Police are investigating a case in which dozens of children at a boarding school in the east of the country went on the rampage after the deputy headmaster banned the screening of World Cup matches.

Over 500 window panes were smashed at the church-run boarding school, and police are carrying out investigations to bring ringleaders to book.

The trouble started at Mutambara High School after some pupils wanted to watch the Netherlands Mexico World Cup match in the school library, and others wanted to study.

An argument ensued, and as a result the deputy headmaster banned the screening of World Cup matches.

The Manica Post, a local weekly said dozens of students then went on the rampage, breaking 569 window panes, and vandalising furniture, kitchen utensils and the deputy headmaster's car.

An education official in the province condemned the violence, he said the ringleaders will face severe disciplinary action and parents will have to pay for the damage.

But sources told the paper that students at the United Methodist run school have a string of other grievances that may have precipitated the violence.