This is the tragic story of Don Davis, a child who allegedly suffered physical and mental abuse at the hand of his seniors at his boarding school.
Don Davis Archibong is an 11-year-old boy, in JSS1 class of Deeper Life High School, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. On December 20th, 2020, Don Davis’s mother, Mrs. Deborah Okezie, shared a video which featured her son; where she lamented about how he had been mistreated at his boarding school.
She shared some details of how he was sexually assaulted.
The video garnered a lot of attention on online platforms and a call for justice was made for Don Davis. Since then, she has made a few more emotionally charged online appearances. Some of these include her son directly sharing his experience.
Don Davis was initially placed in the junior hostel at the school. In his Facebook live with his mum, he shared how one of the teachers allegedly assaults him because he’s bedwetting; saying, “When I got to Deeper Life school, Mr. Akpan used a belt on me because I was bedwetting. He went on to say that infact, the teacher reportedly hit him with anything he sees. According to The young boy, the list of items even included an iron, belt, or evens a stone. He was apparently moved to the senior hostel because of his bedwetting.
This was the beginning of his alleged molestation by some of his seniors in the hostel. He shared that there were two boys who would sexually and physically abuse him. In addition he shared that for two weeks he did bot have his bath. Sadly, he went on to say that he did not report the incident for fear of his life.
You can watch the Facebook video shared by his mother HERE. She is focused on getting justice for her son. In a particuarly emotional video she shared how she felt she had been mistreated while trying to help her son.
Message to Parents and Guardians
This tragic happening with Don Davis will beg the question in the mind of parents, “Should I enroll my child in Boarding school?”, or “Is Day schooling the best option for my Child?”
The reality is that parents should be careful and very thorough when deciding on the choice of school. They need to be certain of the schooling environment they send their child to for their utmost welfare and safety.
Both boarding and day schools can offer challenges to children, especially if its a new environment. Some of these could include bullying, loneliness, anxiety, and so on; therefore, parents should monitor their children through school management and ensure frequent communication. The questions parents ask their children when they get back from school every day or a boarding school environment should be such that parents can get a real sense of their child’s experiences.
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