… Fracas at Charlestown Secondary
Minister of Education Sheik Baskh has stated that a thorough investigation will be conducted into the incident which resulted in a teacher being assaulted by a parent at the Charlestown Secondary School.
In an invited comment Minister Baskh said that he was expecting a full report on the matter by yesterday afternoon. He added that based on the report the Ministry will decide on the course of action to be taken.
“The Ministry has a zero tolerance approach to the assaulting of teacher in schools”. The Minister added that if a child is assaulted in a school the matter must be reported to the head teacher and it is the teacher’s responsibility to investigate and take further action if necessary.
“I am very concerned about the incident and I expect that the police will take prompt action and send a clear message to the perpetrators so that an incident of this nature does not happen again”.
Meanwhile a parent of the child who was involved in the fracas has since been arrested and released on station bail.
On Friday, law enforcement officers from the Ruimveldt Police Station were summoned to mediate after a fracas between a teacher of the Charlestown Secondary School and a student of a neighbouring primary school, escalated out of proportion resulting in injuries to the student and to three teachers.
A fence separating the two schools was torn down to facilitate repairs and students of both schools would sometimes cross the line in both directions.
Twelve-year-old Stephan Bourne, a student of Caramel Primary School, said that he and one of his schoolmates were playing on his side of the fence.
He said that he armed himself with a piece of wood and playfully raced after his friend when a teacher of the Charlestown Secondary School shouted at him, “Is wha you doing with that wood?”
The lad said that he rudely retorted, “Is none of your business.”
He said that the teacher threatened to ‘come over and deal with him.’ The lad retorted in a rude tone and the teacher crossed the line and began to rough him up. The boy said that he responded by pelting the wood in the teacher’s direction before attempting to run away. It was reported that the teacher “box up” the child after which the child told the teacher that he was going for his father. During the incident the child received an injury to his forehead.
However the teacher from Charlestown Secondary, who is accused of wounding the child, said that he was preparing the classrooms for an impending examination when he saw the two children who appeared to be involved in a scuffle. He said that he shouted at them to cease and Stephan rudely retorted causing him (the teacher) to upbraid him.
He said that it was during this confrontation that the child accidentally struck his head on the wall and sustained the injury. He also said that shortly after the child’s father arrived and assaulted him.
Another teacher was also forced to seek medical attention after he reported that the child’s father assaulted him. He received the worst of the fracas and sported injuries to his face and other parts of his body.
This teacher said that he was a victim since he had merely gone to investigate the matter and ended up receiving a beating.
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