The father of a schoolgirl who was beaten by two female students in a classroom at the San Fernando West Secondary School wants justice.
The incident, which occurred on Monday, was recorded by other students and two videos have since gone viral.
They show Anell Jordon’s 16-year-old daughter and two girls fighting in the classroom. His daughter was cuffed and kicked while other students looked on.
Jordon explained that his daughter, a Form Four student, had only returned to school that day after serving a suspension for a week and two days.
He explained that his daughter was recently accused by some students of making a fake social media profile of a female student. However, he said his daughter did not own a cellphone. He said his daughter told him a group of students had planned to beat her that day (October 26) but a dean “put her out” of the school due to the allegation.
Jordon was upset that the school took this type of action without notifying either him or her mother. He said later that day, he met his daughter and her mother in San Fernando and she told him a group of students who were standing a short distance from them wanted to beat her.
“I simply say anybody hit my child I going to take a different level,” he told Guardian Media.
However, he claimed the students reported to the police and school officials that he threatened to kidnap them.
The following day, Jordon went to the school and was told his daughter would not be allowed to return to classes until they investigate the fake profile allegation and his alleged threat against the children. He said officials promised to call the following Monday to let them know when she would be allowed to return to school but did not.
He went to the Community Police last Monday for advice, since his daughter was not given a suspension letter and the officers called the school. He said the police told him the school was wrong to send her home without a suspension letter. However, he said on Monday she was allowed to return to school.
“It so happen now she in the canteen and the boys them come back, like investigating she about the same fake page. Me and her mother tell her to have nothing to tell nobody, stay away from the children, have nothing to tell nobody, so she did not say nothing. She walk off.” However, he said the boys kept provoking her.
She later went into her classroom with her friends but he said the boys were telling her friends to leave the classroom and encouraging the two girls to beat his daughter. He said the girls then attacked his daughter.
“They start to jump-kick my child and beat up my child, the two girls, because is the fella who instigating it.”
Jordon said he was in San Fernando waiting to pick up his daughter when a student’s father called him about the incident.
When he got to the school, he met his daughter at the gate and took her to the hospital. He said his daughter’s head was swollen and hurting and she also had pain in her back and abdomen. He also took her to the police station to make a report.
The father said his daughter is now afraid to return to school.
“I want to know what the ministry doing about this, I want them to intervene.”
The father said no one from the school has since reached out to him.
“Right now, she is saying she don’t want to go back to school. She feeling threatened, she feel it wouldn’t stop. I will seek a transfer and I will seek justice. Why allyuh beat my child?”
He intends to go to the Ministry of Education in San Fernando today to make an official report.
This incident comes on the heels of an incident at the Tranquillity Government Secondary School where the principal Ann-Margaret Robinson was thrown to the ground when she attempted to intervene in a fight. Some of the students involved in that incident have since been suspended.