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Reflection of society
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Sinanan says the time had
come for society to
intervene in the increasing
incidents of school
He said what was
happening in schools was
a reflection of what was
happening in society and
must be dealt with at a
"The violence we
witness in schools is
merely reflection of what
takes place in the macro
"We have become a
very violent population
and we have to look at the
root causes of that," he
Sinanan said teachers
were challenged in the
school system as they
were forced on a daily
basis to deal with
students engaging in
He declined to comment
on Ramnarine's incident.
He said he wanted to
get a full report from
school authorities on the
incident and what
triggered the violent
attack so he could make
an informed comment.
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The family of baby Simeon says
they are willing to have a second
autopsy performed on the seven-
month-two-week-old infant if they
believe the findings in the final
autopsy report are tainted.
The report, which will include a
detailed account of the cause of
death, is expected to be handed over
to the family today.
In a telephone interview yesterday
the baby s father, Emil Millington,
said his decision to get a second
opinion came from his belief that
"anything is expected," especially
when it came to getting justice.
"I expect them (hospital author-
ities) to do and say anything right
now. If we believe there is any doubt
in the final autopsy report, then we
would want to do another one,"
He said every day he had to deal
with a new issue arising from his
baby s death and that was adding
undue stress and grief to his fam-
"In my time of weakness, is only
God holding me. I will say that this
had to happen for the madness at
Mt Hope to come to an end,"
On the funeral arrangements, he
said thats could not be put in place
until the family was satisfied with
Millington s wife, Quelly Ann Cot-
tle, 38, went to the Mt Hope
Women s Hospital on Carnival Sat-
urday to have a C-section operation
During the operation the baby s
head was cut, resulting in his death.
The doctor who did the surgery has
since been suspended with basic
UWI can't dictate---AG
The Faculty of Medical Sciences
at the University of the West Indies,
St Augustine, cannot dictate the out-
come of an investigation, its findings
and recommendations, as that is a
matter for an independent commit-
tee to decide.
So said Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan yesterday in wake of a
press release issued from UWI .
UWI said in the last two years
alone, the doctor in question, a reg-
istrar, had done over 100 successful
C-sections at the Mt Hope Maternity
Hospital, including some in high-
The release added that the on-
call consultant was available but was
not asked to attend the surgery. The
other consultant was on pre-
approved leave, of which the North
Central Regional Health Authority
(NCRHA) was aware.
Saying he would do all that was
possible to ensure the investigation
was fair and transparent, Ramlogan
"I hold no brief for anyone, so let
the chips fall where they may. There
are no sacred cows that will be pro-
tected and the full weight of the law
will be brought to bear on the find-
ings if necessary."
He said in issuing such a release
UWI was not wrong to make its
position known, as it was recognised
for producing some very good doc-
"I therefore take it that UWI is
speaking in a general way, as it can-
not hypothetically pronounce on the
specific issues concerning the patient
management and care for the patient
in a vacuum," he said.
Probe to go on---Fuad
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan,
who also said UWI was free to issue
whatever release it wanted, assured
that in no way would that affect the
independent probe and the possible
"I am waiting on the outcome of
the independent investigation. I have
already put things in place, so people
could say and send out whatever
release they want.
"If an independent investigation
is going forward, nobody, absolutely
nobody, should have made any utter-
ances," Khan added.
The NCRHA s chairman Dr She-
henaz Mohammed said it was unfor-
tunate the NCRHA had received no
communication from UWI when the
NCRHA wrote to its dean Prof
Samuel Ramsawak, an obstetrician
The NCRHA wrote to UWI asking
for two consultants who were absent
during Cottle s surgery to co-operate
with the NCRHA during the probe.
Mohammed said she wrote to
UWI again on Wednesday but to
date there had been no response.
She added: "UWI has not com-
municated during this entire time
and therefore UWI has not been able
to avail themselves of pertinent
information, clinical notes and staff
reports on the matter produced by
"It confuses me that UWI can
draw a conclusion when the NCRHA
maintains that the facts concerned
warrant an independent investigation
and I will be supporting the minister
in this regard.
"The NCRHA is also maintaining
its stance that we are requesting
UWI to co-operate in this matter,"
Claxton Bay mother Shirlyn
Ramnarine is demanding Educa-
tion Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh
take immediate action to address
bullying and increasing school vio-
Her appeal came after her 16-
year-old son, Ajay, a Fifth Form
student of Presyal High School, was
attacked by a schoolmate yesterday
and beaten on the head with a piece
of iron on the school compound.
Ajay received two wounds on his
head which required seven and eight
His alleged attacker, also 16, was
taken into police custody late yes-
terday for questioning.
A teenaged girl is believed to be
at the centre of the dispute between
Ramnarine, 30, who spoke in an
interview, said school violence was
getting out of hand and the ministry
needed to take serious action.
"This boy is a bully. He was sus-
pended four times. This is the fifth
time he has been involved in this
kind of incident.
"I not dropping this case. People
need to know what is going on in
the schools. The Ministry of Edu-
cation needs to deal with bullying,"
This is the second violent attack
in just over one month in south
Last month a Form Four Pres-
entation College, San Fernando,
student was stabbed by a fellow
student and later inflicted stab
wounds on himself after the inci-
According to Ramnarine around
12.55 pm her son was on his way
to a social studies class when he
was confronted by the 16-year-old
She said the boy warned her son
to stay away from a teenaged girl
he (Ajay) was seen chatting with
earlier in the day.
"Ajay laugh it off. He thought the
boy was kicksing and walked away.
The boy tell him turn around and
when Ajay turn around he kick him.
Ajay fall back and the boy come
at him. Ajay pushed him and turn
to run to the principal office. The
boy chased him and Ajay fall.
When he got up the boy come
up from behind and hit him on the
head with a piece of iron. It was an
iron leg from a desk," she said.
Ramnarine said her son told her
the boy hit him about four times
in his head and he fell to the ground.
"I was home when my other son
Sanjay, who goes to the same school,
called me and tell me come to the
school now Ajay get beat up, " she
She said when she got to the
school she was terrified by what
"My son was covered in blood.
The teachers took off his shirt and
bandaged his head until the ambu-
Calls and text messages to
Gopeesingh s cellphone went unan-
swered last evening.
Boy, 16, beaten in school attack
An injured Ajay Ramnarine and his mother Shirlyn Ramnarine outside the
Couva Police Station yesterday evening. PHOTO: VINDRA GOPAUL-BOODAN
Baby Simeon's family looking at second autopsy
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