Bullied Student Sues Abuja School for N500m

Namitra Bwala, the student recently thrust into the spotlight after a viral video captured her being bullied by fellow students, has taken legal action against Lead British International School in Gwarimpa, Abuja. The lawsuit, filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory under case number FCT/HC/CV/2341/24: MISS NAMTIRA BWALA v LEAD BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LTD, seeks damages from the school for failing to provide a safe learning environment.

The videos, posted on April 22 by an anonymous user, depicted Bwala being slapped repeatedly by another student while being questioned about her personal life. Another clip showed her sitting next to a male classmate who claimed responsibility for damaging her relationship. The legal proceedings, initiated by Bwala, aim to hold the school accountable for negligence regarding the incident.

In a public statement issued on Monday by Marvin Omorogbe, the founding partner of the law firm representing Bwala, the lawsuit demands a public apology from the school and N500 million in damages. The statement underscores Bwala’s desire for the lawsuit to spark significant changes within the school to prevent similar incidents and ensure student safety.

The viral video has ignited widespread outrage and concern, prompting scrutiny of the school’s ability to protect its students from bullying. Bwala’s legal action signifies a push for accountability and reform within the educational institution to safeguard the well-being of its students.

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