A paper-throwing incident between a Form Two student and a male teacher at the Presentation Brothers College (PBC) in St George’s ended in the hospitalisation of the student allegedly bleeding through the nose.
The New Today has reliable information that the altercation started with the student repeatedly throwing papers at the teacher that escalated into a fight between the two of them.
The student is said to be from the Frequente area in St. George’s while the mother and father of the teacher are well known citizens.
One report indicated that the male teacher who completed his tertiary education at the close of the last school year grabbed the student in the area of the throat and held on tightly to the point where the youngster started bleeding from the nose.
According to a source, the student fell unconscious and had to be rushed to the St. George’s General Hospital where he remained hospitalised for approximately two days.
When The New Today contacted the School on Tuesday for comment on the altercation, an official at the institution informed this newspaper that both the teacher and the student are presently on the compound.
When contacted, a Senior Education Officer at the Ministry of Education indicated that she was not in a position to speak on the issue.
However, an Officer attached to the Public Relations Office of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) confirmed that they had heard about the incident at PBC but that no official report had been made to the department for action to be taken.
The father of the teacher was also contacted and told our news desk: “I cannot comment”.
In recent months, officials of the Ministry of Education have been downplaying a number of reported cases of physical confrontation between teachers and students at the nation’s schools.
When this newspaper broke the story about a male teacher pulling a knife at a female student at the Happy Hill Secondary School (HHSS) following a confrontation at the Food & Nutrition Laboratory, the matter was virtually swept under the carpet.
Sources told this newspaper that no official investigation was carried out by the Ministry of Education into the incident but that a senior Education Officer requested the Public Service Commission (PSC) to transfer the teacher to the Westerhall Secondary School (WSS).
Last month, police were forced to lay a charge of murder on a 13-year old school girl of HHSS for the death by stabbing of a 17-year old male student of the same secondary school.