Students from More Than Me (MTM) Academy peacefully protested Tuesday, 23 October, claiming that MTM founder Katie Meyler is innocent in an alleged rape scandal against Liberian students by her deceased boyfriend McIntosh Johnson.
There are claims here that MTM allegedly did not take steps to protect Liberian school girls while allegedly being raped by Johnson.
The late Johnson was responsible for the recruitment of girls from underprivileged communities for enrolment in the scholarship program at MTM.
But he is believed to have infected the girls with HIV, something that led to his arrest in 2014. However the suspect died at the Monrovia Central Prison allegedly from AIDS-related illness in 2016 while awaiting trial.
Since the news was broke out in the country, many prominent citizens across the country have been calling on government through the Ministry of Justice to prosecute Mrs. Meyler, and the closure of the school.
On the contrary, students from the school are staging a counter -protest, most of whom come from the slum community of West Point, and other surrounding communities.
They were seen Tuesday, 23 October gathering on Ashmun Street in Central Monrovia, where they began their peaceful march with placards and banners indicating that Katie should not be implicated in McIntosh’s crime.
The wordings on their various placards include: “More Than Me is Katie; No Katie No MTM; We stand with Katie; Katie we are with you to the end; and Do not hurt our hero,” among others.
Some parents were also seen joining the students in the protest, while students of the school were seriously chanting slogans: “Leave Madam Meyler alone, crime cannot be transferable,” among other things.
Recently, a group of Liberians took the streets in a peaceful protest, calling on the government to intervene into the disturbing situation.
Among the protesters were Kotie D. Bazzi, a Liberian musician known as Kobazzi, calling on government to prosecute More Than Me CEO for the act against the girls.
According to Kobazzie, the girls’ lives were upended, their futures clouded and worst of all, the pains they went and are going through were kept under wraps by those they loved and trusted.
Kobazzi noted that Katie Meyer’s action was inhumane, neglectful and also an unacceptable and unforgivable act.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley