Friday, November 2, 2007
Oprah's School Matron Arrested

Poor Oprah tries to do a great thing for a bunch of deserving African kids, and then one of the hired hands gets popped for physically and sexually abusing some of the kids. Ouch!

Police in South Africa have arrested a former employee at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy on charges of physical and sexual abuse, a police spokesman tells CNN.

Supt. Lungelo Dlamini says that on Monday the former school matron, whose name has not been disclosed, is due in Sebokeng Magistrate Court, which is responsible for cases involving family violence, child protection and sexual offenses.

The suspect stands accused of physical abuse against girls at the school, as well as soliciting them for indecent acts, says the CNN report.

The South African newspaper The Cape Argus this week quoted girls at the school as saying the dorm matron allegedly threw a student against a wall after first grabbing her by the throat. The youngsters further alleged that the matron swore, screamed at and assaulted other students.

When she learned of the accusations, Oprah immediately suspended the school's principal (with pay!), and flew to South Africa with her own team of investigator's. After presenting the police with the team's findings, Oprah then presented each student with their own cell phone so that they can call HER directly, if necessary.

Can I get one?



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