Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 28th 2014 Contents YVONNE WEBB
Allegations of attempted rape and
assaults on students by their col-
leagues at a secondary school in
Williamsville are now engaging the
attention of the Princes Town police.
A 14-year-old hearing-impaired
female student told police two of her
peers trapped her in her Form Three
classroom on November 4, threw her
on a desk and began fondling and
Another classmate, who rescued
her, and reported the matter to the
school authorities, was beaten with
a piece of iron by one of the perpe-
The two boys have been suspended
indefinitely but one has since returned
to school even though his suspension
has not been lifted.
While the parents of the sexual
assault victim reported the incident
to the police and are awaiting the
outcome of the investigations, the
parents of her rescuer have decided
not to take action for fear of retal-
The girl had to be taken out of
school and forego her end-of-term
exams earlier this week because one
of her attackers showed up for class-
es.The girl s father, who accompanied
her to the T&T Guardian South
Bureau, said that was only one illegal
act at that school but the incidents
were not being reported.
He said on a daily basis students
were being attacked for no particular
The girl said during the lunch hour
on November 4, she was walking
from the cafeteria towards her class-
room when the two boys groped her
private parts, one from the back and
the other in the front.
She pushed them off and ran to
her classroom but the boys followed
her. They pulled two desks and chairs
together, trapping her in the middle
and attempted to rape her.
Three students who were in the
class at the time were warned to say
nothing of the incident or they too
would be beaten.
The girl was rescued by another
classmate, who took her to the prin-
cipal s office and was subsequently
beaten by one of the attackers for
squealing on them.
The child s mother said the school
never contacted the police, the Min-
istry of Education or the guidance
She and her husband made reports
to the Princes Town Police Station
and the school supervisor at the South
Eastern Educational District.
The mother said: "We had to pay
$300 a session for counselling for my
child. I had to keep her home for
almost three weeks.
"I sent her back to school last
Thursday and Friday. However, on
Monday morning when she went to
school to write her end-of-term
exams she got scared when she saw
one of her attackers in school and
called us to take her home."
"The principal assured me that
it was safe for her to come back
because the boys had been suspended
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Sherry-Ann Khan, mother of a 13-
year-old student of Williamsville
Secondary School who is being
bullied. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Police probe assaults and bullying at South school
The mother of a 13-year-old boy
at the same school is pleading with
the authorities to deal with bullying
before her son kills or is killed.
Sherry Ann Khan said since her
son had been a constant victim of
bullying for the past two years but
her complaints have been ignored.
She reported the series of inci-
dents to the Princes Town police on
November 20 after her child was
beaten again. That matter is being
pursued by WPC Clement.
She also wrote to the school su-
pervisor at the South Eastern Edu-
cational District, outlining all the
attacks against her son and the lack
of response from the school author-
ities and is sending a letter to the
Minister of Education.
Khan said her son's academic abil-
ity had made him a target
She added: "He has been placing
first in his class and has received
several awards and trophies for his
academic excellence but the school
bullies have beaten him and threat-
ened him not to come first again.
"If you see how they beat my
child. Anywhere he goes, they beat-
ing him. They beat him in class, in
the library, on the school bus. They
beating him for his money, his food
and his computer. I can't send him
to school with more than $10.
"One of the boys told him hand
over his money and when he did
not, the boy ordered him to throw it
on the ground and said they will
fight for it.
"My son had surgery last year. He
has two big scars on his left side
which are not yet healed. He cannot
get into any fight. If those cuts open
up he could die."
Jerry Francis. president of the
school's PTA, said too many acts of
indiscipline and violence were tak-
ing place there but were being cov-
He said instead of parents com-
ing out to support the PTA to ad-
dress the issues, they were instead
seeking transfers for their children.
Out of more than 300 students
there are now 200-plus left.
It was only because parents were
fed up and had decided to go to the
media that things that have been
taking place were coming out now,
He added: "We have this incident
where the daughter of a member of
the PTA executive was assaulted.
"We hear about a teacher being
slapped by a student, students bul-
lying other students for their
money, their food and parents
walking up to the school and at-
tacking others and no reports are
being made to the police.
"What is the security doing about
this? The security is supposed to
apprehend the suspect and call the
police but that is not being done.
We have inadequate security. This
is a very, very serious situation."
He said the PTA was drafting a
letter to Education Minister Dr Tim
What the PTA said
When contacted, the principal
said all procedures involving the at-
tempted rape had been followed
and the matter had been dealt with.
An official of the Ministry of Edu-
cation said he had been advised the
students responsible had been sus-
pended and the matter was now in
the hands of the police who have
since spoken to the families of the
In the case of the male student,
the principal said he was not aware
of these incidents.
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