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Headmaster chases parent with machete
From: Ghana | Daily Graphic          Published On: December 19, 2012, 04:57 GMT
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Headmaster chases parent with machete
Michael A. K. Danwono, the headmaster of Akyem Swedru Senior High School (AKISS), allegedly chased a woman who had been visiting her sick daughter at the school while wielding a machete.

Kwadwo Baah, who had driven his mother Madam Florence Yaa Fosuaa to the school, was not spared. The headmaster physically assaulted him, threatened to slash him with the machete and attempted to smash the private car that Baah had driven to the school.

Narrating her experience to journalists in Akyem Swedru, Madam Fosuaa said her daughter, Hannah Owusu-Agyekum, had typhoid fever and was admitted to the Oda Government Hospital for some time for treatment.

She said when Hannah returned to school after being discharged from the hospital.

According to the woman, on December 13, 2012, Hannah's housemistress, Madam Hannah Adunah, phoned Hannah's father, Mr Owusu-Agyekum, to say that his daughter's condition had worsened and that he should proceed to the school to take her to the hospital for treatment.

Madam Fosuaa said that because her husband was already taking care of their son who was also on admission to a private hospital in Oda, he asked her to attend to Hannah and, if possible, take her to Oda for medical attention. He released his private car to Baah so that he could drive her to AKlSS.

She said on reaching the school around 6:10 pm, she told Baah and his two friends who had accompanied them to the school to wait for her in front of the house mistress's house, while she went to the house mistress for an exeat to enable her to take Hannah home for medical treatment.

The woman said while she was holding discussions with the housemistress, she heard Baah screaming, and when she rushed to the scene, she saw Mr Danwono, accompanied by his dog, holding Baah's neck with one hand and a machete in the other, shouting, "I'll kill you!"

Madam Fosuaa said she was astonished by Mr Danwono's action and she questioned him as to why he had attacked her son. Suddenly, the headmaster left Baah and rushed at her with the machete.

According to the woman, who has metal pins in both legs as result of a surgical operation, she had to flee with difficulty from the angry headmaster, who never showed any remorse for his action.

She said the housemistress, a nursing mother, who intervened to explain to the headmaster that Madam Fosuaa had come for an exeat for her daughter to convey her home for medical treatment, also bore the brunt of Mr Danwono's anger as he then threatened her with the machete.

When journalists visited Mr Danwono in his office last Monday for his version of the incident, 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 had chased the woman and her son with the machete because his life was in danger.

The matter is under investigation by the Akyem Swedru Police.

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