Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 25th 2018 Contents "Could you imagine what I am going
through right now? I am fed up of my son
getting beaten up.
"We would always go to meet the acting
principal and would eventually realise that
nothing is being done to these bullies. My
son was even suspended on three times be-
cause he was involved in ights. They don't
want to know whether or not he is the vic-
tim, but how come the other boys weren't
suspended too? We not even sure if the par-
ents are being informed or what is happen-
ing, but this stops here," the mother said.
She has taken the matter to her attorney.
The mother said when she along with
the boy's step-father attempted to meet
with the school's principal on Thursday at
about 11 am, the security guard told them
that no one was allowed on the school
"We were even told that we could not go
to meet with the principal." They, however,
met with the president of the PTA who was
at the school.
On Friday, both parents met with an of-
icial at the Ministry of Education's District
Of ice in Couva, where another report was
The principal Jim Paul Rajkumar con-
irmed that the incident is being investi-
gated by the police and that he could not
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia
said he is yet to receive a report on the
matter. However, he made it clear that any
principal or teacher who "fails to report or
deal with school bullying incidents or runs
afoul of their regulations they can face dis-
Generally, he said there has been a mass
reduction of school violence and indisci-
pline in schools.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
PM opens Carenage Home Work Centre:
Don't cry over negative travel advisories
Do not be beaten down by or cry
over the various negative travel advi-
sories being issued about this coun-
try, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
Rowley made the statement yester-
day as he spoke to members of the
media following the of icial opening
of the Carenage Home Work Centre
and Police Youth Club on Constabu-
lary Street, Carenage.
On Thursday the United States
Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago
updated its travel advisory to this
country warning of terrorism and
prohibiting US Government person-
nel from visiting various areas in
Port-of-Spain, including the interior
of the Queen's Park Savannah.
That update came one day after
top diplomats to this country met
On Wednesday, Rowley met with
British High Commissioner Tim
Stew, Australian High Commissioner
John Pilbeam, Canadian High Com-
missioner Carla Hogan Rufelds and
United States Chargé d'Affaires John
McIntyre. Canada, the United King-
dom and Australia had all issued
travel advisories warning of crime
and terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago
before Carnival when a threat to dis-
rupt the celebrations was announced
by the Police Service. Rowley was
asked if the Government was con-
cerned about these advisories being
issued. "We don't have any control
as to what other countries think of
us but we do indicate to them our
understanding of the situation and
we expect that they would be under-
standing of our circumstances and
if we were in the business of putting
out advisories about other people's
countries we would have to put out
similar ones like this," he said.
"We are not in this business and
the world of 2018 wherever you are
there are concerns of one kind or
another so let us no be beaten down
by it and what we don't have control
over we don't cry over.
"The way we deal with that is
working as cooperatively as we can
with those persons so that they
can be assured that we are doing
everything possible to protect our
citizens and their citizens within
our borders 24/7," he said. The old
building that once housed the Care-
nage Police Station was renovated to
create the Home Work Centre and
Police Youth Club. It was done at a
cost of $3.9 million. The project was
handled by the Urban Development
Corporation of T&T.
Rowley said he hoped the centre
showed that the police are in the
business of working hand in hand
with citizens for the betterment of
"Tensions in communities and
the tensions between communities
and the police are of concern but we
have to try and ensure that people
don't see the Police Service or po-
lice of icers as their enemy because
the police relies very heavily on the
cooperation of the public to bring
about effective policing," Rowley
"I can tell you one of the areas of
focus that we have is to rebuild the
trust between the citizens and the
police service." (See Page A13)
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley reads a story for these children, from left, Joel Brewster, seven, Anya Moses, six,
Kree Stoll, five and Kiara Nyack, five, during the official opening of the Carenage Homework Centre yesterday.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
Pupil badly beaten in alleged bullying incident
A Standard Three pupil of the Munroe Road Govern-
ment Primary School (MRGPS) was brutally attacked
by four older pupils on Wednesday while on the
school compound, minutes after school was of icially
dismissed for the day.
Not only did the boys gang up and beat him, he
was also reportedly dragged on the stony ground.
The boy, ten, is now left with a swollen abdomen,
gaping wounds to his legs and arms along with sev-
eral other bruises to the head and rest of his body.
This, however, is not the irst attack, but is said to
be the worst of similar attacks by the same group of
boys over the past months.
The incidents, the parents con irmed, have been
reported to the Cunupia Police Station and the Min-
istry of Education's District Of ice in Couva. Both the
police and the ministry have launched independent
investigations. WPC James is one of the investigators
in the matter.
Speaking with the Sunday Guardian, the boy's
mother said she went to the school at 3.05 pm to pick
up her son when she saw him bruised and bleeding.
His lips were also burst.
"It stemmed from a school bag, where one of the
boys took his school bag and knocked over my son's
school bag and him in the process. It escalated from
there into the ight where my son was badly beaten,
kicked and dragged," the mother said.
The mother took her son to the Cunupia Police Sta-
tion and he was subsequently taken to the Chagua-
nas Health Facility that day. Around midnight, the
child was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex Paediatric Emergency Department via an
ambulance where he underwent further medical ex-
amination, including X-rays and scans.
The mother said she was told that she could take
her child home but he must be closely monitored. If
his condition worsens, she was told, he would have
to be taken back to hospital. "He is home in pain,
but resting. Now I have to put on pampers for him
because he cannot reach to the bathroom in time.
Victim shows his swollen lips.
PICTURE ROBERTO CODALLO
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