7-year-old pupil beaten to death by classmates ‘for writing names of talkatives’

A 7-year-old boy identified as Phestus Kalela was confirmed dead on Wednesday after being beaten by 4 angry classmates for writing their names on the noisemakers list.

The class captain was pronounced dead few minutes after arriving at Kitwe Teaching Hospital, Zambia, following the injuries he sustained after being beaten by the boys aged 8, 7 and 6.

Confirming the incident, Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu said the deceased was brought in unconscious but died later in the intensive care unit as efforts to resuscitate him were futile.

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“I wish to confirm…a 7-year-old boy who was beaten to death by peers. I received this information after my visit to the hospital,” Mpundu said.

The District Commissioner who described the incident as saddening wondered how children below the age of 10 could beat their peer who was buried today, to death.

It was further gathered that the boys who are below 10 have no case to answer, as they cannot be prosecuted under the Zambian law.

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