Parent fined $150,000 for assaulting teacher

KINGSTON — A parent who, along with other family members, attacked and assaulted a teacher with a hammer and sticks at a school in Westmoreland two years ago has been fined $150,000 or nine months’ imprisonment.

“Your behaviour was disgraceful,” Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes said yesterday after she found Sandra Kerr, 40, of Burnt Savannah, Westmoreland, guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The incident occurred at the Mount Grace Primary and Junior High School on January 11, 2011.

Bryan Duhaney, a computer science and industrial techniques teacher, testified that he was attacked and beaten by Kerr, her daughter, and a man on the school compound. Duhaney said he was hit on the head and other parts of the body with a hammer and a piece of stick, and sustained injuries to his head, side, hands and fingers.

Corporal Easton Myers testified that when he went to the school, he took the implements from Kerr, who was “behaving aggressively and boisterously”.

The Crown led further evidence that Kerr, a housekeeper at a hotel in Negril, went to the school after she was informed that her daughter had sustained an injury to the eye in an incident with another student. Kerr stormed the school with an entourage and proceeded to rain blows on Duhaney, who had to seek refuge in a classroom. The grille gate to the classroom was also damaged as the angry mob tried to force it open.

In an unsworn statement, Kerr denied assaulting the teacher and said it was the teacher who came after her. (Gleaner)

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