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Brawl at Kingston Technical High School -Nine boys in police custody
published: Thursday | March 29, 2007

Scores of students of the Kingston Technical High School on Hanover Street, downtown Kingston, yesterday stand in dismay after a fight at the school left at least five boys nursing stab wounds. Classes were suspended for the day. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Shelly-Ann Thompson, Gleaner Writer

At least five male students were left nursing stab wounds at the Kingston Technical High School on Hanover Street, downtown Kingston, yesterday morning, when violence broke out at the institution. The police had to be called in at the school, which is located in the hotbed of Central Kingston. Nine boys were taken into police custody.

The pandemonium heightened when one of the boys tried to resist arrest and proceeded to fight off the cops.

"You see that? If they do that to a police officer what would they do to us," screamed a male teacher.

About 10:30 a.m., two hours and 45 minutes after classes began, school was suspended for the day.

Reports reaching The Gleaner are that at about 9:45, a number of male students from the 10th and 11th grades got into a Knives were drawn and three boys were injured. The boys are reportedly nursing wounds to the forehead, wrist and torso. Another male student was also stabbed in the head with a belt buckle.

Police reports also stated that another male student was treated and released from hospital. The Central Kingston police are seeking him for questioning.

At the station, several parents and guardians of the boys were present. The mother of the boy who was stabbed with the belt buckle was distraught by the incident.

"Him no usually get himself in trouble, but him just love follow company," said the mother.

Up to late yesterday, six of the boys were still being processed at the station.

A police officer at the station informed The Gleaner that students will be charged she could not say how many of them. This is the second act of indiscipline at the school in six days. Last Thursday, a female teacher was left traumatised after several boys reportedly harassed her.

Community not to blame

A man who stood by the gate yesterday and watched what happened said that the community must not be blamed for the indiscipline at the school.

"Is gang war a mash up the school," he said. "Plus, the students them no have a lot of activities to do like one time," he added.

Meanwhile, reports also surfaced of violent eruptions at another high school in the Corporate Area yesterday. Some students were embroiled in a fight at the Norman Manley High School. The police were called in to quell the upheaval. There were also reports that a student pulled a firearm on another student during th at Norman Manley. However, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Michael Phipps, has denied such reports.

"We got an anonymous call and we went to the school to sort out what was happening but we got no report of an involvement of a gun," said DSP Phipps.

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