Scandal has once again struck at the South African girls school founded by Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey.
The body of a newborn baby was found in a bag belonging to a teenage student, according to local police. A 17-year-old student at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls gave birth to a child this week and disposed of the body at the school, located 25 miles south of Johannesburg. According to the Afrikaans-language newspaper Beeld, the dead newborn was found in a plastic bag filled with bloodied clothes. The young woman handed the bag containing the infant over to hospital staff after she was admitted with excessive bleeding last week, The Associated Press has learned.
An investigation is underway and authorities have not ruled out foul play in the baby’s death. The student remains hospitalized.
A rep for Oprah has refused to comment.
Since opening in 2007, the $40 million school has consistently come under public scrutiny. The latest scandal comes four years after the school’s former dorm matron was accused of molesting students. Virginia Tiny Makopo was eventually acquitted of the charges. Additionally, in March, 2009, four pupils were expelled and another three suspended for alleged “inappropriate behavior,” which reportedly included “sexual misconduct.”