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An argument over a girl has left
a Form Three student of the Water-
loo Secondary School dead after
he was stabbed several times by a
Form Five student.
Renaldo Dixon, 14, of Bagna Trace,
Chase Village, Chaguanas, died dur-
ing emergency treatment at the
Freeport Health Centre after he was
stabbed three times and his wrist
slit by a 16-year-old fellow student.
Another student was cut on the
neck when he tried to part the fight.
The suspect, a Form Five student,
who was supposed to be writing the
Caribbean Secondary Education Cer-
tificate (CSEC) history paper, has
Police also recovered the knife
used in what they said was a pre-
According to reports, Dixon and
the girl were sitting on a bench
around 10 am when the other boy
Students said the boy was sup-
posed to write the CSEC history
paper but did not show up for the
Instead he waited at the school
School was dismissed after the
incident except for those who were
writing exams. But Form Five stu-
dents who remained behind said the
sight of pools of blood along the
corridor haunted them while they
wrote the exams.
"We are not afraid to come back
to school but it was traumatising to
see how someone so young could
lose their life like that," one student
said while leaving the Carapichaima
He said there had been a stabbing
before and the school had been given
metal detectors but they had not
been used for some time.
Exactly how a boy was able to
enter the school with a knife was
one of the questions on the mind
of Dixon s traumatised mother, 34-
year-old Camille Taitt.
"I sent my child to school this
morning thinking he was going to
come back home but he didn t come
"He said: Mommy, can I get pie
to carry to school? I took it out and
gave it to him. He said: Well,
Mommy, later, and that was it," Taitt
said while being consoled by a rel-
She said the school called after 10
am but by the time she arrived at
the health centre he was already
Taitt said the fatal blow was dealt
to her son s shoulder, which doctors
measured at four centimetres wide.
She said she did not know her
son s attacker nor did she know if
he had any trouble at school.
However, she said, her son and
the girl were close friends.
"I know he had a friend but to be
honest with you, I don t know if she
was his girlfriend. I met her at school
for a parents day. We talked and I
talked to her mom as well.
"If it was that the girl chose Renal-
do over him, it will have a problem.
I cannot say because he never came
home and complained to me."
She said one of her biggest chal-
lenges was to let her younger children
know of his death.
"My children are by my brother.
I haven t told them anything yet,
except for the big one.
"The other two don t know. They
are seven and three years old. How
am I going to tell them their brother
is not coming home?"
She pleaded with the Government
to reinstate corporal punishment in
schools and called on parents to take
an interest in their children s lives
before someone else is murdered
through school violence.
"You can t predict what they are
going to do but you can talk to them.
I talk to my children every day. You
can talk to them, let them know
what is right and wrong.
"Find out what is going on with
them, go to their schools, inquire
what is going on with them because
something had to lead him to this."
The Education Ministry s com-
munications management adviser
Alicia Busby said in a release the
ministry would be providing coun-
selling for the school s staff and stu-
dents as well as Dixon s parents.
She said: "The ministry s Student
Support Services Division has dis-
patched a team and is co-ordinating
counselling for students, teachers
"The Minister of Education, on
behalf of the ministry, expresses his
sadness and heartfelt condolences
to the parents, family, classmates,
students, teachers, friends and other
loved ones. May God be with them
at this time."
Schoolboy killed over girl
Hazardous medical waste has
been dumped in the middle of a
residential community in
Freeport, leaving residents fearful
it may be a health hazard.
The site, on an empty lot, is run
by Quantum Disposal and Recy-
cling Services Ltd, owned by Kelvin
Ramnath Jr, son of the late chair-
man of the Environmental Man-
agement Authority (EMA) and for-
mer energy minister Kelvin
Ramnath Snr, who also worked
as the head of Petrotrin s health,
safety and environment depart-
ment, died last July.
Sources said since his death,
hazardous materials, including
blood vials, syringes, needles and
urine sample cups, had been buried
next to the company s "storage
The waste was found after a dog
dragged a bag of it into a yard at
Valley Trace, Maingot Road, Cal-
cutta Road No 2, Freeport.
When the T&T Guardian visited
the site, heaps of syringes and
exposed needles were seen. Bottles
of pharmaceutical waste---expired,
unused pharmaceutical products,
drugs and vaccines, as well as
bandages---were strewn on the
Inside the "storage bay," barrels
were lined up and medical bins
were stacked high with unidenti-
fied, unlabelled waste.
Taslim Roopnarine, who lives
close by, said it would be easy for
residents to contract viral and bac-
"I am frustrated because since
they buried the waste, the drains
have been clogged and all the haz-
ardous waster is flowing into my
yard. I do not know what kind of
waste it is and we are very worried,"
Roopnarine said. He added that
his children---Devika, nine, and
Avinash, five---were ill.
"Every time it rains the water
from the dump site flows into my
house. My children sick right now
and we want the EMA to act on
this," Roopnarine said.
In fact, Ramnath was in the post
for almost exactly a year, from his
appointment in July 2011 to his
death in July 2012.
Contacted yesterday, an official
of Quantum Disposal and Recycling
Services, John Thomson, denied
the site was a dumping ground.
He said he did not know if any-
thing was buried there as he had
not visited the facility for over a
year. He said an incinerator had
been bought and there were plans
to ask for permission from the
EMA to operate the disposal site.
Thomson said the company also
planned to clean up the site as soon
as possible and incinerate the med-
Ramnath, contacted on his cel-
lular phone, also denied any dump-
ing and said his company had the
waste stored in a fenced com-
The EMA s chairman Dr Joth
Singh said he would be sending a
team to the site to investigate.
"I am very concerned about this,
especially since it is medical waste,"
Singh said. "Once the investiga-
tions are completed, we will see if
they have been engaging in the
illegal disposal of hazardous sub-
stances or operating a disposal
facility without the permission of
the EMA." Land Resources Minister
Dr Roodal Moonilal yesterday
directed queries about the haz-
ardous dumping to Environment
Minister Ganga Singh who could
not be contacted by phone.
Medical waste buried near Freeport homes
...Residents fear health hazard
Waste on the compound owned by Quantum Disposal and Recycling
Services Limited at Valley Trace, Maingot Road, Calcutta Road No 2,
Freeport. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
A distraught Camille Taitt could not
hold back the tears as she speaks
about the killing of her son Renaldo
Dixon who was stabbed yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Renaldo Dixon in an undated
Authorities in Tobago are dealing
with the aftermath of heavy rainfall
yesterday in response to reports of
blocked roads across the island.
The Tobago Emergency Management
Agency (TEMA) said the heavy rain
resulted in eight reports of fallen trees
and power lines across several roadways.
These included Kings Bay Road,
Delaford, Northside Road, Mason Hall,
Big Hole, Goodwood, Glen Road,
Bagatelle, Pleasant Prospect, and Con-
A bulletin issued by the Met Office
yesterday predicted the heavy downpour
with the possibility of moderate cases
of localised street and flash flooding as
well as landslides and landslips. Gusty
winds in excess of 45 km/hr were also
TEMA advised Tobagonians to be
vigilant as they conducted their activities
while drivers were asked to proceed with
caution in the affected areas.
Up to late last night T&TEC, TSTT
and TEMA were out at different loca-
tions dealing with the aftermath of the
persistent showers. See Page A9
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