Teen drowns in beach outing

As the Cox family of Oistins mourns the loss of young Gregory Cox, so too is the Princess Margaret Secondary school fraternity.

This morning it was announced at the school’s assembly that the 13-year-old died on Sunday after a day at the beach with friends turned tragic. It was reported that Cox lost his life when he was crushed between a fishing boat and the Oistins jetty which adjoins the Berinda Cox Market Complex.

Staff and students were left in a sombre mood and tears flowed freely as those who knew the form 2–N student remembered him. Newly appointed principal Jonathan Corbin told Barbados TODAY he had only met the former Ashby Land, Christ Church resident on a couple occasions but he described Cox as a good young man and said he still could not believe that the teen was dead.

Corbin said like many other Barbadians he had learnt about Cox’s death through the media but even after a police officer visited the school this morning and the young man’s grandmother (Margaret Cox) had called to relate the sad news, it was still very much a shock.

“This is very unfortunate. He was never bad-behaved. Boys will always be boys, but I found him to be reasonable and a very respectful child. Even if he was pulled up for doing something wrong because he was so reasonable, unlike many other children, he could be corrected. He was one who was amenable to discipline.

“In a school of a roll of about 1,000 and it is expected that there will be some bad ones but [Cox] was one of the better ones,” the principal said.

Corbin said that the school had made available a guidance counselor for students who needed comfort in light of Cox’s death. Moreover, he said he was hoping the school could have a presence at the youngster’s funeral service to lend the support to his family.

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