Apr 16, 2013 News Comments Off on Linden school expels eight students
…they physically attacked a teacher
Eight students from the Fourth Form (Grade 10) of the Wisburg Secondary School in Linden, were expelled from the institution subsequent to investigations carried out by both the Region Ten Education Department and the police.
The root of the investigation was an incident that saw a Teacher sustaining severe head injuries, after a piece of furniture landed on her head as she entered the classroom. The students were reportedly informed of their expulsion yesterday, after a meeting with education officials.
According to reports the incident in which the students were implicated, involved the setting of a piece of furniture as a trap for the teacher, on whose head it fell after she opened the door to enter the classroom.
The woman, Michelle Richards, had to be rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex for the injuries sustained, and was later referred to another medical institution in Georgetown where she had to undergo CT scans to determine the extent of her injuries.
Richards’s husband, Rawle Johnson, had told Kaieteur News that Michelle Richards, the mother of his one-year-old child, has been severely traumatized by the incident, and has since been unable to work.
Johnson said that the incident which occurred in February has caused him to spend in excess of $100,000 for CT scans and other medical expenses.
He complained that after the incident, a relative of one of the students involved in the incident, went to his house and ‘cussed him out’, telling him that he wanted compensation. But the man said it was not about money, because no amount of money can undo the damage done to his reputed wife.
Speaking with this newspaper again yesterday, he said that he felt the expulsion of the students was a step in the right direction.
Regional Education Officer, Jennifer Bourne, said that the decision to expel the students was taken after a thorough investigation into the incident.
Bourne said that the school should be a ‘safe and secure place’ for both students and teachers alike. The students’ expulsion is expected to send a strong message, that any sort of deviant behaviour, especially the type that puts people’s safety in jeopardy, would not be tolerated.
Last month teachers from across Linden staged a massive rally in protest of the recalcitrant and deviant behaviour of students. They also condemned the ‘attack’ on Michelle Richards.
The teachers were applauded by many for taking a stand, as it was pointed out that everyday teachers go to school, their life is under threat.
Chairman of the Upper Demerara teacher’s Union, Jermaine Figuera, in addressing the Teachers who later congregated at the Mackenzie Market square, said that more needs to be done by the relevant authorities, to urgently address the prevalent and escalating violence in schools, as it threatens both teachers and students alike.
Among those who attended the rally in a show of solidarity, were Region Ten Chairman Sharma Solomon, APNU Member of Parliament Vanessa Kissoon, who is also a teacher by profession and President of the Guyana Teachers Union, Colin Bynoe.
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