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The mother of the 16-year-old Mason Hall Sec-
ondary School boy who was arrested for allegedly
stabbing his 18-year-old classmate at the school
on Thursday, says her son was a victim of ongoing
In an interview yesterday Avianne Huyghew, 30,
said Thursday s incident was a regular occurrence
for her son during school hours and has been occurring
for several months.
She said her son was hospitalised at the Scarborough
General Hospital on May 15 for a broken finger, which
had to be splinted with steel and a serious laceration
to his head, which took several sutures, after five
boys attacked him after school. She said although
the incident was video recorded and numerous reports
were made at the Scarborough Police Station, the
matter was never dealt with.
On Thursday, Huyghew said her son was in the
process of defending himself.
"If they did deal with this as quickly as possible,
like how they deal with it today, it would not have
escalated to this, because they deal with the situation
very quick today. When I came to them with my son
all battered and bruised they paid me no mind. I
came back, I came back and nothing.
"Today now, my son defended himself against the
University of the West Indies group, Jouvay
Ayiti, has sent an urgent letter to Caricom chair-
man, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie,
calling on Caricom to take decisive action against
what it is describing as "an act of apartheid" being
facilitated in the region.
The group was referring to the imminent depor-
tation of hundreds of thousands of Dominican
nationals of Haitian descent by the government of
the Dominican Republic. The June 17 deadline to
regularise their citizenship in the country has passed.
In the early 20th century tens of thousands of
Haitians were hired to work in Dominican sugar
cane fields and often stayed after the harvest.
Others crossed the border between the two coun-
tries to escape political violence and poverty. Some
500,000 Haitians have been living, undocumented,
in the Dominican Republic, many in the "batey",
a sugar company town in the south west of the
In November 2013, Dominican courts ruled that
those who could prove they were in the country
before October 2011 were entitled to residency.
Those who could not are to be deported.
For thousands of Haitians in Dominica, getting
passports and identity cards have been slow and
costly and the majority of them are still to regularise
It was reported that more than 2,000 law enforce-
ment officers in the Dominican Republic have been
trained for the mass deportation and buses and
processing centres on the border have been put in
Jouvay Ayiti has joined the chorus of outraged
people worldwide who are protesting the deportation
of the Haitians, and told Christie it was deeply dis-
appointed and outraged over Caricom s silence on
It said the regularisation process has been stacked
against the Dominican nationals of Haitian descent,
denying them the chance to regularise their sta-
tus.This has left them vulnerable to immediate depor-
tation from the Dominican Republic, where many
of them were born.
The group told Christie it was "shocked but not
surprised" about Caricom s silence at this time,
when the post of its chairman has fallen to the
The Bahamas, a Caricom member, shares a sim-
ilarly discriminatory policy against its own nationals
of Haitian descent, it noted.
Jouvay Ayiti has also called on all signatories, and
right-thinking people to boycott the Dominican
Republic and its products and sign and share its
online petition widely.
In November 2013, Jouvay Ayiti petitioned the
T&T Dominican Republic Consulate and then Cari-
com chairman, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar about the matter.
In December 2013, Persad-Bissessar, as Caricom
chairman, wrote to Prime Minister of the Dominican
Republic Danilo Medina stating the attempts of his
government to regularise the Haitians living there
She called on him to restore nationality to those
who were denationalised.
Mother of stabbed Tobago school boy
same individual what beat him up, they
want to lock him up, he defended him-
self because he was being bullied all
the time" Huyghew said.
Huyghew also dismissed several news
reports that her son would have passed
MTS security officials with the knife
used during the incident. She said her
son was not the aggressor, but was a
"He came home about half past nine
telling me mammy you see the same
thing I tell you I didn t want to go to
school again ... he came with his hand
bleeding, because right now is one hand
he have because they break he finger
last month... he said the boy rush me,
he slapped me in my face, when I asked
him what is that one, he headbutt me
and when he was about to stand up he
slapped him again and that is when
they started to fight.
"He said the boy pulled out a knife
from his right pocket and they started
to scuffle and he managed to get the
knife from him, when he had taken up
the knife the boy was over him," she
Huyghew said the matter was also
reported to the school s management
but despite her evidence she was never
"I went back to the school after he
was all better, he come out the hospital,
he was dealt with and everything was
good, I went back to school with him
and I saw the vice-principal and the
(he) was supposed to keep a meeting
with the principal and myself, that did
not take place.
"They did not call me to verify any
date or anything like that, so I am sure
the principal knows about it, she didn t
even call me to find out what went
on... well apparently seeing it didn t
take place in she school, it took place
outside, she ain t meddle," she said.
An emotional Huyghew also noted
that she reached out to a well known
senior police officer who is actively
involved in an anti-bullying campaign
and the co-host of a local crime fighting
television programme on June 8 via a
WhatsApp message about her plight,
but she received no response.
The 18-year-old student remains
warded at the Scarborough General
Hospital in a satisfactory condition
nursing stab wounds to the forehead,
back and chest, while charges are yet
to be laid on the 16-year-old.
He was bullied
Relatives of the 16-year-old Mason Hall Secondary School student wait outside the Scarborough
Police Station on Thursday night. They are, from left, Andy King (father), Kizzy Timothy (aunt),
Avianne Huyghew (mother) and cousin Rick James. PHOTOS: CASANDRA THOMPSON-FORBES
The 16-year-old shows injuries he
sustained to his head during an attack
by another student on May 15.
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