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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, May 3, 2014
A 14-year-old student of a government
school in Arouca, a victim of bullying,
appeared on CrimeWatch this week pleading
with host Ian Alleyne to assist him in getting
Ronaldo Baldwin, a form one student, told
Alleyne that he and a friend were just leaving
the school compound on Monday evening
when he was attacked by a form four student.
Baldwin was slashed across the neck.
His father, Stanley, told Alleyne that his son
received five stitches as a result of the incident.
He said when he took his child to the Arima
Health Facility the doctors told him that the
attack could have been fatal (The father walked
with photos which showed the gaping, bleeding
wound and photos which were taken after his
son got the stitches).
Ronaldo s neck was covered with a plaster
when he appeared on the show and he was
having difficulty talking because of the injury.
He told Alleyne he has been unable to attend
school since the incident.
His father told Alleyne that he went to the
school in question and requested a meeting
with the principal, but was told he had to meet
with the dean. He said the Dean never asked
his son to identify his attacker. Instead, he said
he was told by the dean to write a report, bring
it back to the school and he would try to get
the attacker suspended.
Ronaldo told Alleyne he was not aware
whether his attacker had previous problems
or had been involved in fights at the school.
He admitted that he had seen his attacker on
the school compound but said they had never
spoken. He admitted to being confused over
why he was attacked.
His father, Stanley, said apart from his dis-
appointment with the school officials, the
police response was poor, since he said he
made a report to the Arouca Police station but
they are yet to investigate the matter.
Callers to the programme deemed the sit-
uation "ridiculous" and joined Alleyne s call
for Education Minister Dr. Tim Gopeesingh
to do something about the problem of bullying
Alleyne said this situation requires urgent
attention since it is clear that children are now
taking weapons to schools and something must
be done about the situation.
Ronaldo s father said he would be seeking
a transfer for his son given the attack, since
his son s attacker remains in the school while
school officials seem to be uninterested in
Hazel Ann Henry also sought Alleyne s help
this week to get compensation from her former
employer for an injury she sustained in Sep-
The woman, who was employed at a Port-
of-Spain bakery, told Alleyne her fingers were
crushed by a mill on the job and the owner
at the time promised her compensation to the
tune of $30,000. However, she claimed she
has been getting a constant run around and
on her last visit to the bakery she was told the
owner had died and no one there could now
But the woman claimed she has since seen
the owner and knows he is not dead. She said
since the incident five years ago she has been
unable to work and needs some help. Alleyne
called on both the Ministries of Legal Affairs
and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to get
Alleyne got a Sangre Grande man to agree
to pay for repairs the car he hit in January this
The man had been giving Armanath Ram-
sumair a runaround after the accident on Jan-
uary 12. But after Ramsumair appeared on
CrimeWatch Alleyne visited the home of Ronald
Sookraj and worked out an arrangement for
Sookraj to pay a straightener and painter for
repairs to the AE101 Corolla, which was hit in
Montrose, Chaguanas, and which Ramsumair
has been unable to use since the incident.
In another matter, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan, National Security Minister Gary
Griffith and Food Production Minister Devant
Maharaj all contacted Alleyne and promise to
assist Vishnu Ramlochan.
The man claims the T&T Defence Force
owes him $5 million for food which he supplied
between 2006 and 2007. Ramlochan said he
is on the verge of losing his home.
The National Security Minister asked him
to provide the necessary documents and once
the claim is legitimate assured it would be
Alleyne told the Government he would fol-
low the matter closely and intends to continue
putting it in the public domain until the money
Bullied student seeks justice
Ronaldo Baldwin, left, and his father Stanley speak to CrimeWatch host Ian Alleyne about an incident in which Ronaldo, a student of a
government school in Arouca, was slashed on the neck by another student.
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