The victim Richard Reyes merely followed a teacher’s instruction to identify to the teacher and the school’s dean, the persons who were playing with the ringtone of a cellular phone.
School officials said that two students were sending ringtones via bluetooth technology to their cellular phones in violation of rules governing the use of cellular phones during classes.
Reyes told the teacher and school dean of the incident. Both the teacher and dean left the classroom to discuss the issue, when a student told Reyes, “informers does dead eh”, while another student ran out of the classroom, armed himself with a piece of broken brick, returned to the classroom and started to beat Reyes on his head. A bleeding Reyes was taken to the area health centre where he was treated and transferred to Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he was treated and warded at Ward 41 for several hours for observation before being discharged yesterday.
Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Reyes’ mother Jasmine Ryan said she was appalled over the incident and demanded answers and action from the Ministry of Education.
Ryan said she was telephoned by a teacher who informed her that Reyes had “a little accident in school”.
“I was shocked. I was told what happened and I told them that the ambulance was here and asked where was the police not knowing that they did not even contact neither the police nor the Ministry of Education on the incident. I had to go and report the matter to the police myself and the ministry,” Ryan said.
An officer at the St James Police Station confirmed receiving a report on the incident and that an investigation has since been launched into the incident. Up to late yesterday, it was not known if the students who attacked Reyes were questioned by police and/or suspended from classes.