Foul-mouthed boy causes uproar, but who is to blame?
A selfie video of a boy trash-talking about his school mate has caused an uproar among Kenyans on social media.
The video shows the pupil, wearing a Consolata School T-shirt, hurling unprintable epithets at a girl schoolmate for allegedly calling him gay.
Some of the unprintables in the video are even directed at the girl's parents.
At one point, the boy threatens all the girl's books on a Black Friday and shoot her in the head if they meet.
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“...your desk and your books all are gonna get burnt, so you better stay in your f**** class and watch out for me b**** because I am dangerous I will shoot you in the f***forehead. You hear me b**** I am coming for you tomorrow….” the pupil rants.
In the video, which was posted on the boy’s Instagram account, which no longer exists, the pupil alleges that they had made peace with the school mate who called him gay. The peace pact, however, did not work and the video was made.
The boy went on even a harder in a second video with sexual innuendo insults only heard in the dark webs of X-rated adult movies.
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The National Parents Association chair, Nicholas Maiyo, says the loose ends in the country's legislation on the use of technology has made it possible for children to learn such language.
"In Kenya, a nine-year-old can google anything, even explicit content. It is high time we use our legislation to gag them," says Maiyo.
He says peer pressure and the environment is to blame for the boy's outburst.
According to Maiyo, parents only have some few minutes with their children during the day.
“Because when he is in the presence of the parents, he will not use such language, but when he goes outside he uses it. I blame the community at large,” he says.
Maiyo says there is a need to instil national values which will discourage such behaviour.
For the better part of Sunday evening and Monday morning, Kenyans were all over social media giving their two cents' on the video including Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Activist Boniface Mwangi.
“This boy needs a lot of help..... He's struggling. More than meets the eyes. Young man your apology is accepted next time when apologizing don't use the word "BUT",” wrote Sonko on his Facebook account.
He added: “Fellow Kenyans, let's say No to Cyber Bullying this kid needs Love, guidance and counselling psychology.” (sic)
But Mwangi was of different opinion attributing the trash talk to lack of discipline.
“At the age of 11 years, l was sent to Approved School. I had run away from home and l was convicted of 'vagrancy.'
At 14 years, I was expelled from an approved school. The Consolota Boy belongs in approved, he will find teachers and boys who can teach him lessons on how to behave,” (sic) he said.?
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