Demonstrations and riots do occur on campuses when there is a disagreement between students and the school authority or government. The disagreement may be a result of an increment in school fees or any other policy which students may regard as inimical to their well-being.
There have been instances where what is considered a good policy sparked demonstrations, culminating in riots just because the policy was introduced at the wrong time. It is evident that when a policy is not in tune with the reality on and around campuses, it will spark riots, and the devastating consequences will be felt by the students, the school authority and the parents as well.
Experiencing students rioting or any form of unrest in school can be challenging and overwhelming. Here are some suggestions to help you cope during the riot.
Prioritize your safety:
Your safety should always be your top priority. If the riot becomes violent or dangerous, seek a safe location away from the chaos. Follow any instructions given by school staff or authorities.
It’s natural to feel anxious or frightened during a riot, but try to remain calm. Take deep breaths and remind yourself that the situation will eventually be resolved.
Find a support system:
Reach out to friends, course-mates, or lecturers who you trust and feel comfortable talking to. Sharing your concerns and emotions with others who are going through the same experience can be reassuring and provide you with a sense of community.
Follow official instructions:
Listen to and follow the instructions provided by school authorities or security personnel. They are trained to handle such situations and will guide you on what to do to ensure your safety.
Pay attention to reliable sources of information, such as official announcements, school notifications, or updates from local authorities. Being well-informed can help alleviate some of the uncertainty and fear.
Engage in activities that help you relax and manage stress. This could include deep breathing exercises, meditation, listening to calming music, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy. Taking care of your physical and emotional well-being is important during challenging times.
Seek professional help if needed:
If you find it difficult to cope with the aftermath of the riot or if your emotions become overwhelming, don’t hesitate to reach out to a school counsellor, therapist, or any mental health professional who can provide guidance and support.
Remember, it’s important to remain careful during riots as a simple mistake can cause someone’s life. So, staying alive demands vigilance, and carefulness during and after the riot.
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