Oct 22, 2010 News Comments Off on Male student dragged from classroom, assaulted by other boy’s relatives
– invasion stuns school officials
In an ugly scene Wednesday, a third former at a private school in Grove was reportedly dragged out of his classroom by family members of another student, following an altercation.
According to upset students and residents of Third Street, Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, it was virtual stand-off, in which family members and friends armed themselves with pieces of wood and hurled racial slurs before invading Xenon Academy.
Several teachers, parents and residents in proximity to the institution, looked on helplessly as the mob breached the school’s security.
School officials and parents yesterday confirmed that police at Grove were called for help but no ranks turned up. And to rub salt in the wounds, the 15-year-old who claimed he was accosted, went to the Grove Police Station on Wednesday afternoon to report the matter but was instead asked to give a statement and then placed on $5,000 bail.
The student, of Grove Squatting Area, and his parents yesterday expressed concern over the incident and said that they have been threatened by the family of a first form student.
According to the third former, shortly after midday on Wednesday, he and the other student got into a tussle after his boots were aggressively stepped on.
“I ask he how he could do that and he talk back to me. I pushed him against the fence.”
A teacher subsequently took the two students to the school’s Headmaster, Basil Cornelius, who decided to suspend the third form student. Shortly after 15:00hrs, the lad said that he was sitting in class when a female came up and grabbed him by the shirt.
“It was the boy’s sister and she asked me why I hit her brother.” The student claimed that there were more strange persons outside and he was collared at the door. A teacher stood helpless as the incident was unfolding. The student managed to escape and ran upstairs to the Headmaster’s office where he sought refuge behind the official.
This was also confirmed yesterday by Cornelius, who said that the matter was being viewed very seriously by the school. The first former did not turn up yesterday for classes. According to the 15-year-old, he was threatened by the boy’s father who also allegedly stamped on his boots. The situation threatened to become worse after moves were made to hit the teenager.
The Headmaster stressed that he attempted to placate the situation and warned of the consequences.
Outside of the school, a crowd had gathered and was becoming loud.
“We have about 230 students with six teachers who witnessed the entire incident,” the school official said.
After spending about 15 minutes in the school, with the first former’s mother attempting to call the police, the crowd dispersed. The first former was reportedly taken to the doctor, claiming that he was hurt during the altercation with his fellow student.
Relatives of the 15-year-old meanwhile were called to escort him home.
Yesterday, the parents of the student expressed concern and said that they are worried about their son’s safety since he was threatened, “to never be able to walk again”.
They also claimed that another relative, who protested police’s refusal to send the teenager on his own recognizance, was arrested for protesting.
“He still in the lockup since last night (Wednesday) and we not sure if they will be allowing him bail.”
According to the Headmaster, the school will be asking some tough questions now, like how the first former managed to leave the premises without permission and how security was breached to allow the mob to enter.
“We are looking at a number of issues and will be putting stricter systems in place to resolve these.”
Cornelius said that he would be sending a copy of the report being prepared by the school to the Ministry of Education.
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