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School assault

School assault Public relations officer Inspector David Welch says that reports of an assault on a schoolgirl are being investigated. (FP)

By Sanka Price | Sat, December 08, 2012 - 12:08 AM

Police are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a first form female student by a third form male student at a secondary school.

The reported incident occurred in the female lavatory around midday in the second week of this school term, but came to light only after several weeks of probing into the girl’s seeming erratic behaviour at school and home.

The now 12-year-old finally revealed all to the police just before Independence Day and a full investigation has been launched.

Yesterday, police public relations officer Inspector David Welch confirmed they were looking into the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident.

“We confirm that we are investigating a report received,” said Welch. He declined further comment, citing the sensitivity of the matter.

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 7 months ago
Years ago at a Christ Church secondary school a murder took place in a lavatory where one girl allegedly killed another.I don't recall that girl ever being brought to Justice.If memory serves me right that person of interest was whisked out of the country to England and never returned.
From the principal down to the students think that schools in Barbados don't have to abide with the laws of the land and are untouchable.
I have thought for a long time that the police should have a task force directed at schools from primary to university.Schools in Barbados find it more important to try to hush up everything so they school don't look bad.This case mentioned here in the paper has been begging for attention for so long that it is unbelievable.This paper has been agitating for this case to be noticed almost from the time of the alleged incident.School principals should understand that the school is subject to the laws of the land and the police should have a Schools Squad and a hotline to hear the seemingly long list of law breaking episodes that occur daily at our schools.Then is it no wonder that when the children finish school they seem indifferent to law and order.Here I am referring to all graduates from those who end up sweeping the streets to those that end up Lawyers,they all seem to be running a foul of the law.

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Posted by nyln edwards 1 year, 7 months ago
Frank if you know facts only then you should speak. Did you know the full facts surrounding that particular case? Also the girl was not "whisked" out of Barbados and YES she did return and was here for a while too........

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 7 months ago
@ Frank Husbands: While there might be merit in implying that Principals attempt to protect the image of their respective schools, any Principal who is aware and fails to report such a serious incident should be dismissed. Could it be that there was a lack of cooperation from the victim, which seems to have been the issue here, especially the mention of how the parents had to probe? Why the lack of co-operation? This could range from fear of threats by the perpetrator, of punishment by parents and Principal (if she felt she had done something wrong) to even fear of trust. This type of school is at times accompanied by threats - of harm or further harm, of arson to family home and vehicles, of kidnapping of the same or siblings. If having to be deal with the sight/snares/sniggles of the perpetrator in the same environment daily is not bad enough, there are the added taunts on the bus or if they reside in or near the same neighbourhood. And yes, they or their friends do stalk as an added measure of intimidation. Then there are the trust issues and the repercussions of if parents, teacher or friends handle information badly. How does a child of 12 years process all this? We see how this child did, and the effect it has had on her. Thankfully it is not more grave.
While we would want a child to speak out, Police too have to be careful and sensitive in information gathering. They cannot be over zealous in extracting information, for duress becomes beefsteak for defence attorneys.
Also @ Frank, your info at #1 is not quite accurate.
I hope this child and her parents get much help.

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