Police in Shakawe are investigating an incident in which a body suspected to be that of a new born baby was recently found dumped inside a toilet at Shakawe Senior Secondary School.
The body was reportedly found at the girls’ boarding toilets inside a sanitation bucket on Sunday morning. According to District No 17 Officer Commanding Senior Superintendent Victor Nlebesi the infant was discovered by students after they saw a cloud of flies around the sanitary bucket.
Nlebesi said the students then went to inform one of their teachers about the incident who then reported the matter to the police.
Nlebesi could however not confirm if indeed the body was that of a human being or not as it was found decomposed beyond recognition. The Officer Commanding said they are still awaiting a post mortem report which will then confirm if indeed it was human or not.
Nlebesi indicated that should the autopsy results confirm that it was a human being, the mother who has not yet been arrested is likely to face criminal charges of termination of pregnancy or child abandonment. He added that should it be found that the mother is a minor, the person who has impregnated her will also face defilement charges and possibly face a jail term of 10-15 years.
The current incident being investigated is likely to increase this year’s statistics of teenage pregnancy at Shakawe Senior Secondary School.
The incident follows a recent revelation that teenage pregnancy at the school is the leading cause of school drop outs. In June this year, 20 students were reported to be pregnant with the Maun Education Regional Director Veronica Mochotlhi confirming that 10 out of the 20 had since dropped out of school.
The director revealed that an analysis on student pregnancy at the school reflects a trend where learners fall pregnant during the school break, after their Junior Certificate Examinations or prior to their admission to Shakawe Senior Secondary School.