Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 28th 2014 Contents The teenager, 19, who lives in
Port-of-Spain, made the state-
ment as he waited to meet with
police last Friday.
The teenager was met at the
Guardian Media Ltd office by
three officers from the Western
He and his boss were later taken
to an undisclosed in Port-of-Spain
for the interview, which lasted
close to three hours.
In a phone interview yesterday,
the teenager confirmed that he
had given police a sworn state-
ment and was ready and willing
to meet with police again any
Asked yesterday if he was hav-
ing second thoughts about reveal-
ing the abuse he suffered during
his year at the school, or about
meeting with police, the teenager
replied, "No, I'm good."
Investigators were eager to meet
with him, as he is the first person
thus far to come forward and tes-
tify about the kind and level of
abuse he suffered while at the
The investigation was launched
after Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan revealed the findings
of a committee appointed to probe
the death of Brandon Hargreaves.
Hargreaves, 14, of Cascade, died
on April 8, after he suffered a head
injury. Initial reports said he was
injured while trying to drop-kick
An employee of the Security Zone, replaces a security camera yesterday
which was destroyed by vandals along the Beetham Highway, Port-of-Spain.
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Hours before he met with inves-
tigators probing the allegations of
sexual and physical abuse at the St
Michael's School for Boys, Diego
Martin, the abused teenager who
confirmed the wrongdoing by staff
members said he was now "in a bet-
ter place" after having gone public
with his story.
Probe into St Michael's home:
Cops interview abused teenager
Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Minister of
Gender, Youth and Child Development Clifton de
Coteau reiterated plans by the board of St
Michael's to revisit its current arrangements
governing the school.
Government shares responsibility for the school
with the Anglican diocese.
Adding that an independent auditing firm had
been contracted to do a management audit of the
school, de Coteau said a professional analysis will
also be done on the files of all residents.
The findings will be "used by suitable consultants
hired by the ministry psychologists to build
individual care and rehabilitation plans for each
The minister said the matter was being dealt with
in a thorough, open and transparent manner.
He was answering a question from Diego Martin
Central MP Dr Amery Browne about the measures
being taken to address the issues highlighted in
the report and subsequent allegations.
Revealing that the Children's Authority had
received 68 calls between January and June about
neglect, physical abuse, sexual impropriety and
psychological abuse, de Coteau said a system had
been set up to facilitate the reporting and referral
of such calls.
Among those organisations to whom the reports
were referred were the police, the National Family
Services, Child Guidance Clinic, Rape Crisis Centre,
the Social Welfare Division of the Ministry of
People and Social Development, the Victim
Witness and Support Unit, and the Student
Support Services Division of the Ministry of
The minister said the Children's Authority did not
have the power to take the lead in cases of
neglect and endangerment because the Children's
Authority Act had not been fully proclaimed.
Hence, the National Family Services Division,
which is part of his ministry, is legally responsible
or children in need of care and protection, and
intervenes in matters brought to their attention.
For January to June 2014, 25 cases of child
neglect and endangerment were addressed.
Efforts are being made to ensure the authority
becomes fully operational by September, he said.
CCTV CAMS REPAIRED
The abused teenager during an interview with the Guardian.
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