Gulu Central High School students have been sent home after at least one person was shot dead and several others injured during a Sunday night strike.
Gabriel Rwotomiya, a senior three student was killed as students engaged in running battles with security.
Gulu Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Francis Okello confirmed the incident and said that the strike started at around 7:30 pm when the school management decided not to telecast the Manchester City’s 4-1 victory against rivals Manchester United in the Premier league.
While addressing press on Monday, Okello said that situation turned violent as students demanded that the game had to be broadcast since they pay for entertainment.
“When the situation escalated, the school called in the police which tried to calm the students. The students insisted on watching the game and charge at the officers with stones, prompting them to fire teargas,” Okello said.
According to Okello, after realizing that the students had overpowered them, police called in the army to de-escalate the situation.
“The army started firing bullets in the air to disperse them, one student had climbed a mango tree in the compound and he was hit by the bullet,” the RCC said.
The school has been closed for the next two weeks and students were seen leaving the school premises under police escort.