Parent who attacked, beat teacher to make court appearance this week
Winfer Gardens Primary School teacher’s attack…
The parent who brutally attacked and beat a Grade One teacher attached to the Winfer Gardens Primary School in November 2019 is expected to make his court appearance in the upcoming week.
This is according to Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar Thomas, who confirmed that this matter will be heard before the courts.
He stated that although he is unsure of a date for the parent to appear at the court, justice is one step closer to being served to the teacher, who was subjected to the physical assault by the perpetrator.
Late November, the teacher, Yolanda Jackson sustained injuries about her body following the brutal attack by the parent, which occurred in the teacher’s classroom.
Based on information received, Jackson was visited by the parent within the confines of the school to address an issue concerning her child who was reportedly beaten by the said teacher.
An eyewitness indicated that a verbal confrontation ensued between the teacher and the woman, whose child is a pupil in her class. This, however, led to a physical attack in the presence of other pupils.
Other teachers and students who witnessed the incident detailed that Jackson was “dragged onto the floor”, “kicked”, “punched” and “slammed” by the lone parent and the entire confrontation lasted several minutes.
A video made just after the attack captured one of the students explaining, “She beat teacher Jackson and her head was bleeding”.
A few hours after, a report was filed with the police as the Education Ministry was also made aware of the matter at hand.
While the motive of the parent’s attack was not clearly determined, it is alleged that the child was recently beaten severely at the hands of the teacher. Photos that surfaced on social media showed the five-year-old’s swollen fingers and marks across the upper arm.
Nevertheless, educators at the institution at that time clearly expressed that “violence is not the answer”.
Last year, while teachers were being attacked, several students had come forward about violence at their schools – an institution which is supposed to be considered a safe place.
On November 13, 2019, six-year-old Fawaz Asgar was left traumatised after a fellow schoolmate slashed his hand with a broken glass bottle at the Mon Repos Primary School, East Coast Demerara (ECD)
Just a few days prior, eight-year-old Richard Boodram was reportedly beaten by five of his classmates, also at the Mon Repos Primary School, ECD.
The child was reportedly struck to his head with a bottle and a piece of wood and had to be hospitalised for several days.
In October, a female student attached to a school in Berbice was badly beaten and her hijab ripped off by other students.
In March 2019, a student attached to the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI), Berbice, was viciously attacked by his peer who beat him with a belt.