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Children's advocate to probe principal's alleged assault on child

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 10:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison has taken up the case involving a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly slapped several times by a principal at a primary school in the Corporate Area last month.

"Investigations are going on and we are dealing with the matter," Gordon Harrison said yesterday.

She said her office had requested information from the school and was hoping to receive it very soon.

The boy's mother had reported the incident at the Half-Way Tree Police Station and to the Ministry of Education.

A meeting was held at the education ministry and it was suggested that the boy attend another school.

Yesterday, the boy's mother said so far, she has not heard from the police.

The boy had reported that he was upstairs on the school building during break time and had a bag juice in his hand.

A child bounced against him and the bag juice fell downstairs into the garden.

While the boy was in class, the principal allegedly went into the classroom and asked for him. He stood, and the principal allegedly slapped him on the shoulder, ear and back.

The principal ordered him to go downstairs and pick up the juice bag and clean up the rest of the area.

The boy was taken to a doctor and the medical certificate report revealed that the boy had a swollen ear.

According to the mother, the boy is still attending the school, because it was a challenge for him to go to the school which the ministry had suggested.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com