Kerry Martin and Kwambox
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On today's morning show with Kwambox and Kerry discussed how to handle a child who refuses to go to school.

"There is an 18-year-old girl from Kisii County. This story really got to me this morning; it was in one of the dailies. What happened was her parents were in a dilemma because this girl had refused to go to school, and she is a mother of a one-year-old," Kwambox explained.

"This means her parents had issues with her meeting boys, which is a common parental concern. They worry that their daughter might get pregnant, that boys might take advantage of her, and it would be difficult to control her. So they sought help from the deputy chief."

Kwambox went on to say that the chief gave the girl a severe beating in front of people. The girl went home very angry, wrote a letter, and then committed suicide.

According to Kwambox, the letter said, "Hii ndo kitu munanifanyia" ("This is what you do to me").

"Then she wrote to her daughter, saying, 'People die, take care of my daughter, bye.' Her life just ended like that. I saw the whole scenario and asked how the parents could have handled this situation," Kwambox said.

"Because I tell people, this thing of taking a child to the police station or the chief to be beaten, I refuse it," Kwambox continued.

"She was clearly going through something to decide that she didn't want to go to school anymore. Sometimes, even if you disagree with your parents or child, it's good to listen to why someone would choose not to go to school," Kerry added.

"Try and find a way to come to a common ground. You could decide, 'Fine, you won't go to school past high school,' or determine that a certain level of education is important if they want to pursue business or other interests," Kerry concluded.