GIRLS GONE WILD – Charlemont probes fights; student hospitalized for days


Principal of Charlemont High School Garth Gayle said investigations are underway, and action will be taken against persons responsible for two separate fights last week.

In one of the incidents, a female student slapped the male Dean of Discipline in the face at the St Catherine-based school. That dispute, which unfolded on Friday (November 8), was quelled after a security guard intervened.

The other incident took place the previous day outside the school compound, and involved two groups of girls.
It resulted in two female students from the same group ending up at Linstead Public Hospital. The one who was admitted is now out of the medical facility.

The mother of the student who was hospitalized, in a social media post, claimed: “They gang-beat my daughter into unconsciousness… I had to send her to do brain scan and X-Ray; she spent three days in the hospital… She collapse [and] almost died, and all now no one get arrested [and] none came to their rescue.”

Gayle, in the meantime, expressed disappointed that the matter, which was being handled by the school, is now being played out in the public domain.

He explained that the school already gathered reports from student, and the board will make a final decision.

Gayle further stated that the police also visited Charlemont High after being informed about the incident.

“Our school rules are clear. If you bring the school into disrepute in the public domain, there is a clear procedure – and so we are going to follow it. We also have to be mindful of the rights of each child,” he told The Beacon.

Gayle explained that the school did everything to help the injured child, adding that steps were also taken to prevent the dispute from escalating or reaching outside the school.

When asked if there are gangs at the school, the principal told The Beacon: “In any society or any community, there are persons who assume friendships; I wouldn’t know of any gang. If it is so, we at the school will deal with it and root it out, but I am not aware of any.”

Gayle further stated that the school has been having a challenge – especially with a handful of female students who seem bent on bringing the institution into disrepute.

“What we are seeing is a reflection of what happens in the society…” Gayle contends. “Sadly [there is a challenge with girls]. Normally, the boys are the ones who are hyperactive.”

The principal further stated that the school has improved its security. “We have heightened our security on the school compound; we have called in the police… We have acted as a responsible school administration… We are dealing with the matter as best as we can… The matter will be dealt with – and dealt with swiftly and according to the rules and guidelines of the school.”

The principal, in the meantime, said the school administration will this week further investigate both aforementioned incidents.


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