Green Island High girls arrested, charged - Accused of gang attack on schoolmate
Another five students of the Green Island High School in Hanover have found themselves in trouble with the law as they have been arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property and assault, resulting from an attack on another student.
The girls, all between the ages of 14 and 15 years old, are accused of attacking and beating a 13-year-old female student, who they claim was friendly with the boyfriend of one of the members of their all-female gang. They are slated to appear before the Hanover Parish Court on April 13.
According to reports, on March 12, the 13-year-old was accosted on the Green Island main road, just outside the school compound, and severely beaten by her irate attackers.
The police was called in to control the behaviour of the girls, and, during their intervention, the five girls, who continued to be boisterous, were arrested and charged. They were all given station bail.
The incident follows closely on the heels of another incident earlier this month, where five boys from the same high school attacked a bus conductor and smashed the windows of the bus in which the conductor tried to escape. That incident, which was videotaped by a student, went viral and attracted the attention of both the police and the Ministry of Education.
Three of the five boys were subsequently arrested and charged. They were brought to court to answer charges of assault and wounding and were remanded in custody until March 29, when they were offered bail.
When contacted about the latest incident, Superintendent Sheron Beeput, the commanding officer of the Hanover police, told The Gleaner that despite limited human resources, police personnel in the parish were doing their best to control crime and other antisocial behaviour across the parish, including criminal conduct by students.
"We are working closely with stakeholders across the parish to put a lid on crime and violence and antisocial behaviour," said Beeput. "We fully appreciate the many law-abiding residents who continue to give the police their full support."