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Probe into school brawl hits snag

Published:Saturday | April 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

POLICE INVESTIGATORS are probing a brawl that occurred last month involving students from Jamaica College (JC) and Mona High School which left one with a punctured lung, liver and kidney and another needing reconstructive surgery to his face.

This incident, according to one investigator, came almost five weeks after a JC fifth form student used a chair to knock a fourth former unconscious for several hours.

However, one detective told The Gleaner that the investigations have hit a roadblock as the two students injured in the brawl have said they cannot identify their attacker.

"Unless we get some intelligence that lead us in a certain direction, we have to wait for people to come forward with information," the investigator said.

No comment

When contacted, principal of Jamaica College, Ruel Reid, refused to comment, pointing out that both incidents are now police matters.

In addition, he said a report on the February 18 incident between the two JC students would be included in his next monthly report to the Ministry of Education.

A senior administrator at Mona High took the same line as Reid, indicating that the incident was reported to the police.

Conceding that it is still not clear what triggered the brawl, one investigator indicated that it could be related to the just concluded Boys and Girls' Champs.