Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 3rd 2014 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
A Point Fortin mother is calling for the immediate
suspension of a male teacher at the Vance River RC
school who allegedly collared her nine-year-old son,
violently shook him and hit his head on a wall during
class last week.
Gonzales Village, Guapo resident Jame Nicholas, a
security guard and mother of four, visited the T&T
Guardian pleading for her son s story to be heard.
Nicolas said her son Omari, who is a Standard Two
pupil at the school, had been traumatised from the
alleged attack and has been suffering from fever and
headaches since then.
"He told me he went to complain about another
student calling him a macomere man but the teacher
told him That s because you is a macomere man, "
"Omari told him, Sir, you can t tell me that and
the teacher collared him and started shaking him,
hitting his head on the wall."
Nicholas said after the incident Omari was told to
The concerned mother said although the incident
took place just after lunch time, she only became
aware of it when the school s principal called her
mother (Omari s grandmother) around 4 pm that day
"The principal called my mother and told her she
wants to apologise for her teacher s behaviour. It was
only then we found out. She told my mother she
wasn t in school and other students told her when
she came back," Nicholas said.
She said her son went to lessons after
school and when he came home at about
5.30 pm she saw his head was swollen. She
said she noticed two bumps on his head and
asked him about it. It was then, she said,
that the child related his story.
Nicholas said she immediately took him
to the Guapo Police Station to make a report
and then to the Point Fortin Health Facility.
She said the child complained of severe
"I made a police report and carry him to
the health centre, the doctor gave him
painkillers. But the next morning he woke
up with a high fever," she said.
She said the male teacher is not Omari s
regular teacher, but was substituting for
another teacher at the time. Nicholas said
her father visited the school on Tuesday and
she went in on Wednesday.
"The principal told my father that Omari
was being disrespectful to the teacher, but
I don t understand, if he did that why didn t
the teacher take him to the principal or call
She said she was told to "forget" the inci-
dent by officials at the school.
"I asked the principal if she reported it to
the Education Ministry, she said she will do
it but she wants me to forget about it,"
She said she came to the T&T Guardian
because she feels the school officials are cov-
ering up a dangerous secret.
"How long have they been hiding this
teacher s violent behaviour?" she asked.
"I am standing up now so this does not
happen to any other child. My child is at
least alive, what if he kills the next child who
The Guardian contacted the school via
telephone and spoke to a woman who iden-
tified herself as the principal. When ques-
tioned about whether the incident occurred,
the woman replied, "What? You want to
write about this in the paper? Ma am I am
asking you not to do this."
When a request was made to speak to the
principal, she said, "I am the principal."
Pressed further, she repeated, "My only
comment is do not do this, think about
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TTUTA in dark
The T&T Unified Teachers' Association
(TTUTA) was also contacted, but up to Fri-
day president Devanand Sinanan said they
had not heard of the incident.
Also contacted on the allegation on Fri-
day, Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh
declined to comment, saying he was in a
conference and unable to address any ques-
However, a source in the ministry, who did
not want to be identified, said there was no
report of the incident by the school's princi-
pal to the school supervisor 3 for the St
Patrick district, which the school falls under,
up to last Thursday.
The source said once the report is submit-
ted the matter will be investigated and the
Teaching Service Commission will have to
decide what action is to be taken against
An officer at the Guapo station confirmed
a report was made last Monday about the
incident and said investigations into the
matter are continuing.
Jame Nicholas is calling on
the Education Minister to
suspend a teacher who
allegedly collared her nine-
year-old son, shook him and
banged his head on a wall at
the Vance River RC school
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