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Viral image does not show Kenyan student fighting lecturer over boyfriend

IN SHORT: A grainy photo of a dramatic confrontation does not show a Kenyan student fighting her lecturer over a love triangle gone wrong. It's an incident in the US, motive unknown.

An image doing the rounds on Facebook in Kenya appears to show two women in a physical confrontation.

Facebook users who posted the image claim it shows a student and a lecturer of Kibabii University in western Kenya fighting over a boyfriend.

“Fourth year student in Kibabii university fights her lecturer over boyfriend. This is after the girl found a conversation between the lecturer and her boyfriend on whatsapp. The lecturer had sent the boy her nudes with a caption 'all this is for you',” one post reads.

The public university is in Bungoma county.

Other versions claimed the student is from University of Eldoret in Uasin Gishu county.

The claim has been posted here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

But is the claim legit? We checked.


Incident from the US

A reverse image search of the image reveals it is a screenshot of a video shot in the state of Georgia in the United States.

According to FOX 5 Atlanta news website, the video showed a student attacking a teacher on 26 January 2023 at a high school in Rockdale county.

According to the website, the teacher had to be hospitalised after her leg was broken in the attack. It added that the student was arrested and charged. Other news websites also covered the incident, but it was not reported why the student attacked the teacher.

The incident did not take place at a Kenyan university; the claim spread on social media in the country is false.

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