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JTA investigating claims teachers refused to transport bleeding student to protect cars from blood

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 2:02 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it has ordered a report into claims that teachers were negligent in attending to a student who was stabbed to death at a school in St James yesterday.

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

She says some teachers said they did not want their cars bloodied.

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.

JTA president, Doran Dixon, says he cannot comment on the assertions until a report requested by the union has been submitted.


Meanwhile, he is describing the situation which lead to the murder of the student by his classmate as as horrendous.


JTA president Doran Dixon

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

And it’s 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.