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Public affairs officer of the
Police Service ASP Joanne Archie
yesterday offered advice to parents
on how to deal with teenage anger,
saying the police have noticed an
increase in violence in schools.
During yesterday s weekly police
briefing at Police Administration
Building, in Port-of-Spain, Archie
said: "Many of our teenagers are
faced with anger-management
issues at one time or another and
while we may suggest anger man-
agement for our teens, as adults
we need to understand what our
teenagers are experiencing."
She added: "With puberty comes
a complex mix of mood swings,
confusion and questions," Archie
"A teen goes through massive
changes in his/her mind, body and
emotional state. Having to make
difficult life choices about career
paths, education and lifestyle choic-
es adds to this mix.
"Anger concerns in some teens
can also be associated with certain
underlying physical or mental ill-
nesses which parents need to pay
The police, she said, tried "in a
proactive way" to tell students there
are serious consequence for action
which could amount to an offence.
Asked about other causes for
teenage anger, Archie said there are
several reasons for it, some of which
begin at home.
Some children, she added, are
unable to cope with issues possibly
experienced at home.
Police officers, she said, are
sometimes called to schools to
address sexual abuse/physical abuse
in the home and sibling rivalry.
Children react to the issues if
they are not dealt with, she said.
Archie suggested parents look
for possible warning signs such as
a child who does not follow rules,
has difficulty expressing emotions,
has difficulty accepting "no" and
who displays rage to get what
She suggested exercise, medi-
tating and writing in a journal as
Six Moruga Secondary School stu-
dents, among them two 15-year-old
boys, appeared in the Princes Town
Magistrates Court yesterday charged
with four criminal offences arising
out of a fight at their school on
Wednesday morning. The other four
are all 16 years old.
They appeared before Magistrate
Debra Quintyne with their parents.
The students were arrested at the
school s compound at Basse Terre,
Moruga, on Wednesday morning after
fighting among themselves.
Five of them are charged with dis-
turbing the peace by fighting at the
school. They pleaded guilty to the
One of the 15-year-old boys is
charged with using obscene language
and resisting arrest. He pleaded not
The other 15-year-old is charged
with obstructing the police in the exe-
cution of their duty. He also pleaded
Constable Majid Khan of the Moruga
Police Station laid the charges.
The accused students are in Form
Four to Six. They were seen chatting
and laughing among themselves while
waiting for their matters to be called
Quintyne ordered a probation offi-
cer s report and adjourned the matter
involving those who pleaded guilty to
Attorney Gideon McMaster repre-
sented all the teenagers.
Police reports state that around 9.20
am, a fight broke out among the boys
while at the Moruga Secondary School
and the school s safety officer had to
Teachers also intervened to break
up the fight. Officers from the Southern
Division went to the school and arrest-
ed the teenagers.
Six years ago, during a burglary at her
home, Masawi Williams was paralysed from
her neck down by an intruder after he
slammed her on the ground and then
stripped her of her jewelry.
Yesterday Williams, 30, was wheeled into
the San Fernando Magistrates Court to con-
tinue her evidence against Paul Boatswain,
36, who had lived in her neighbourhood.
Because there is no ramp, a relative and
another person had to lift Williams wheel-
chair, while she was seated in it, up and down
a flight of stairs to get in and out of the court-
When Williams was wheeled to the front
of the court to continue her evidence, she
told state prosector Anselm Leander she was
not feeling well and was blacking out.
Magistrate Margaret Alert stood the matter
down for 15 minutes.
The case against Boatswain, who is charged
with burglary, began on May 16. Boatswain
pleaded not guilty.
On that day Williams gave an emotional
testimony as she recalled the traumatic inci-
dent on May 25, 2007. She was asleep in bed
around 11 pm. Her husband was not home
and her son was asleep in another room.
Williams said she woke up after someone
She said the accused began choking her
and then lifted her off the bed, carried her
outside the house and slammed her onto the
ground. She landed on her back. Williams
said he began strangling her with his hands
and she blacked out, but awoke when he
threw water on her face.
Williams said she had no feeling from her
She said the accused grabbed her gold
chain and ring and ran off.
Williams completed her evidence yesterday
after which she was cross-examined by
Boatswain, who is representing himself.
When Boatswain completed his cross-
examination, the magistrate told Williams
she was relieved from attending court.
The case was adjourned to June 12.
Senior cop to parents :
Look for warning signs
of teenage anger
Robbery victim taken to court in wheelchair
A relative of quadraplegic Masawi Williams 30, waits
with her outside San Fernando Magistrates Court,
where she testified against her former neighbour,
Paul Boatswain, who allegedly broke into her home in
2007 and stole her jewelry. During the incident she
was attacked and paralyzed from the neck down.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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