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Regional News Wed, 19 Dec 2012

Machete-wielding headmaster chases out parent

The headmaster of the Akyem Swedru Senior High School (AKISS), Mr Michael A. K. Danwono, wielding a machete, allegedly chased out a woman who had visited her sick daughter at the school.
The victim’s son, Kwadwo Baah, who drove the woman, Madam Florence Yaa Fosuaa to the school, was also not spared as the headmaster physically assaulted him, threatened to slash him with the machete and attempted to smash their car.
Narrating her experience to journalists at Akyem Swedru, Madam Fosuaa, the victim, said her daughter, Hannah Owusu-Agyekum, suffered typhoid fever and was admitted to the Oda Government Hospital for sometime for treatment.
She said on her discharge from the hospital, Hannah went back to school.
According to her, on December 13, 2012, the housemistress, Madam Hannah Adunah, phoned the student’s father, Mr Owusu-Agyekum, that the daughter’s illness had worsened so he should proceed to the school to take her to the hospital for treatment.
Madam Fosuaa said her husband was then taking care of their son who was on admission at a private hospital at Oda so he delegated her to follow up on the call and asked his son, Kwadwo Baah to drive her to the school.
She said on reaching the school around 6.10 pm, she told Baah and his two friends who accompanied them to the school to wait for her in front of the housemistress’ house, while she went to the housemistress for an exeat to enable her to take Hannah out of the school for treatment.
Madam Fosuaa said while holding discussions with the housemistress, she heard her son, Baah screaming and when they rushed to the scene, they saw Mr Danwono accompanied by his dog, holding the neck of Baah with one hand and a sharp machete in the other hand threatening “I’ll kill you”.
Madam Fosuaa who was astonished by Mr. Danwono’s action, questioned the headmaster about the reason for attacking her son and suddenly he left the boy and rushed on her with the machete.
According to Madam Fosuaa, who is believed to have metal in both legs as result of a surgical operation, she had to flee in difficulty.
She said the housemistress, a nursing mother, who intervened and explained to the headmaster that Madam Fosuaa came for an exeat to convey her daughter home for medical treatment, also had her share of Mr. Danwomo’s anger, as he threatened her with the machete.
When journalists visited Mr Danwono at his office Monday for his version of the story, he initially stated that he would not comment unless he received instructions from the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, but later said he chased the parent and his son with the machete because his life was under threat.
The Akyem Swedru Police are investigating the matter.

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Source: Graphic.com.gh
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