Clashes broke out yesterday morning at the Modern Elementary High School in Freetown between the landlord of OXFAM office and the school proprietress over the construction of a fence that will likely block an access road leading to Mount Camel off Kingharman Road in Freetown.
According to eyewitness reports there has been an ongoing conflict between the proprietress of the School Helen Keili and the landlord of OXFAM office Tamba Musa since 2001 and has not been resolved.
Hell broke loose when both fences were damaged over night and during the morning hours of yesterday, pupils and teachers of the school clashed with youths throwing stones and other missiles at each other. Police personnel were summoned to the scene and a number of arrests were made before the situation was brought under control.
During the clashes, the Modern Elementary High School was shut down as pupils stood by their classroom doors and windows in complete panic while OXFAM workers had to temporarily halt their activities until the Police restored calm.
The proprietress of the school and the landlord had been advised by the Sierra Leone Police to contact the Ministry of Lands to verify their claims over the construction of both fences and also making provision for an access road that connects other communities in the area.
People have expressed shock and dismay over the actions of the proprietress for attempting to block the access road as the landlord of the Oxfam office had already accepted to give way.
However the Proprietress of Modern Elementary High School Helen Keili yesterday declined to comment on the matter when she was contacted by this reporter.