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JTA: No evidence that teachers' negligence contributed to schoolboy's death

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2015 | 1:10 PM
Doran Dixon

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says an investigation has revealed no evidence suggesting that teachers were negligent in attending to a student who was stabbed to death at a school in St James on Monday. 

Jacinth Johnson, the mother of 12-year-old Shyheim Lewis, is alleging that when she arrived at the Barrett Town All-Age School, teachers had done nothing to help her son who bled to death.

However, JTA president, Doran Dixon, says a report submitted to the union does not give any indication that teachers failed to help the child.

He says it was the principal who transported the boy to hospital.


JTA president, Doran Dixon

The boy’s mother alleges that some teachers said they did not want their cars bloodied.

And according to a police statement, it was after the Montego Bay Police were summoned that the child was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police say Shyheim was in his class when a dispute developed between him and a classmate, reportedly over a chair.

It is alleged that a knife was used to stab the 12-year-old.

The police say an 11-year-old is in custody in relation to the murder.