Cawmere ‘gun’ saga

Morris claims firearm was taken to school by student

An explosive charge was made today about Combermere School involving a gun, illegal marijuana and a cover up far greater than President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd had suggested last week.

It surrounds the case of a 14-year-old student who was found at school with a gun magazine – the part of the firearm that stores the bullets – which he had first claimed to have found on his way to school before finally admitting that it had come from his home.

With the police yet to lay any charges and the principal coming out publicly in defence of the pupil, the matter appeared to have been put to rest.

However, in a dramatic revelation this afternoon, senior teacher Reverend Charles Morris told Barbados TODAY there was a lot more than just a gun magazine involved.

Senior teacher Reverend Charles Morris. Inset, Principal Vere Parris.

“We were told of an empty magazine yet in the school students were complaining that there was a gun in the school subsequent to the magazine being found and these things were not reported to the police.

“So one person was carrying out the search and there were reports of vegetable matter in the bag and somehow the  . . . [person] who was conducting the search and the boy left the room in which the search was going on,” Morris said on the sidelines of a meeting this afternoon at Solidarity House for members of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU).

“Why would a student pick up an empty magazine and bring it to school?”

Morris contended that there was a violation of the guidelines set out under the Education Act for searching students, claiming that one teacher had conducted the search.

As a result, he charged, by the time the police arrived there was no trace of the alleged substance.

“Police may have been correct in not laying any charges against the student because all they were given was the magazine,” he said.

“A search was carried out and in the first place only one teacher carried out the search when the Act clearly states that there has to at least two teachers present.”

Without pointing fingers at anyone, the controversial teacher reported on a meeting of senior staff held last week during which the issue was discussed.

However, Morris said it was clear from the explanations given that something was amiss.

“I attended a management meeting last week and the explanations that I heard coming left me bewildered because there were so many gaps in the story. Then we had an explanation from the principal yesterday, who came to the staff to update us on what was going on, [and] I was even more convinced that not only were there gaps in the story but the whole process was corrupted.”

Morris said as a result of all that happened he was a frightened man, and would not report to school tomorrow.

Instead, he said, he would show up at the Ministry of Educations, seemingly expecting to be safer there.

“Right now I am scared and I have consulted with my union because I intend to turn up to the Ministry of Education for work as of tomorrow morning. I am frightened. I talk big but I am frightened for my skin. I don’t hit people and I don’t want any body to hit me, and now they talking about gun, I am definitely scared,” he stressed dramatically.

In a briefing immediately after this afternoon’s meeting, BSTU President Mary Redman did not mention the specific charges made by Morris.

However, she said she had heard enough from teachers at the school to be seriously concerned about the incident.

“Based on what has been reported to us here today there is a high level of concern in relation to the matter. Some of what I heard today was very disturbing to me and disturbing to the general membership based on the reaction and comments made. This is why the union has to now seriously investigate and understand what really is happening there for the protection of both teachers and students in that institution,” Redman stated.

It was last week that the BUT president had hinted at a cover up at Combermere when he pointed to discrepancies in the handling of that incident and that of a 15-year-old Parkinson Memorial School student who had smashed the window of a teacher’s car with a rock, and was subsequently remanded to the Government Industrial School.

While he admitted that “the difference between the two is that there was damage to a teacher’s vehicle at Parkinson while at Combermere it is something that was found on the person”, nothing Shepherd said then pointed to anything close to the allegations made by Morris.

Instead, the BUT president focused on the police treatment of the two incidents.

Meantime, police late this evening revealed for the first time that a ‘mock gun” had been found on the student.

However Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler insisted that officers at the scene had conducted a thorough investigation and they found no firearm.

“I don’t know where the teacher is getting their information from but the boy had an empty magazine and that matter has been dealt with,” Cobbler told Barbados TODAY.

“I hear persons talking about if it was another school it wouldn’t have been highlighted when we don’t normally name schools in our investigations. I know for a fact there wasn’t no real gun involved in that scenario, so the matter was investigated totally. The boy had a mock gun and a magazine and there is nothing in law that speaks to that, it speaks to having ammunition and firearms,” Cobbler explained.

32 Responses to Cawmere ‘gun’ saga

  1. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore May 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Is there anything positive about this man?

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  2. Wesley Kellman
    Wesley Kellman May 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Beautiful beautiful barbados

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  3. Icilma Trotman
    Icilma Trotman May 16, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    No

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  4. John Everatt May 16, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Pray tell – what is a “mock gun”? Is the magazine part of this “mock gun”? This story seems all too confusing.

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  5. Tyrone Corbin
    Tyrone Corbin May 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    This man have trouble identifying with God so don’t expect nothing better of him he is a trouble man he need the grace of God seriously.

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  6. Tyrone Corbin
    Tyrone Corbin May 16, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    See that slick smile dangerous.

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  7. Phoenix Sevyn
    Phoenix Sevyn May 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Love Charles Morris……always have!

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  8. Neil Holder
    Neil Holder May 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Does this man dislike Mr. Parris that much? Isrhe really practicing true Christianity? I have a great challenge believing what comes out of his mouth. Perverse thoughts, equally perverse speech. He needs to go from the teaching service all together, as simple as that! What he is doing is not funny at all, it is despicable.

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  9. Saga Boy May 17, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Charles Morris like Mary Redman does not like to work. He does not stay in the class very long. He is always leaving and coming back for something. He intends to bring down the school. He is clearly suggesting that both the police and headmaster are involved in a cover up. He needs to be disciplined if he cannot provide the evidence of his claims.

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  10. Sherlock Holmes. May 17, 2017 at 5:40 am

    There is a lot more to the reasons why Mary Redman is doing the crap she is currently doing.

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  11. Sherlock Holmes. May 17, 2017 at 5:49 am

    A big frightened man, what a joke a big frightened man causes so much controversy? A frightened man keeps his mouth shut less he faces repercussions this is just a silly ploy to undermine the school and the principal. Mr Morris the same God that you supposedly serve does not sleep and he laughs at those who are the authors of confusion for he knows that their day is coming.

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  12. Jahworks May 17, 2017 at 6:25 am

    From my time at Combermere Rev morris never liked to teach. Hardly in the classroom. It was always his intention to bring down those in authority whether it be the church or school. I am not saying the principal is the best. But its about time Rev Morris is transferred. Simple.

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  13. Sensiluv Nejahdra May 17, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I salute the Principle…stop making our children recidivist criminals by sending them to jail too early…no joke… the juvenile jail just like the adult one….!!!! There are alternatives to corporal punishment…#stopkillingandcuring

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  14. Karen May 17, 2017 at 7:02 am

    John I agree with you….when I hear magazine I thimk about a book….but I don’t understand the bullets was in the magazine…..so this term magazine lile it aint the magazine u read…the media should explain what it means….it seems so confusing

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  15. Solange May 17, 2017 at 7:16 am

    So if it was like Ellerslie
    St james
    St lucy
    Or a other secondary school
    It be plaster all over the news or that child be charged
    Maybe this is a politician doctor or policeman child thats why its being hush up

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  16. Lisa May 17, 2017 at 7:17 am

    A mock gun and a real magazine.

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  17. Andy May 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Bajans wake up.. check yiur biases at the door.. a blind man can see that there is a definate cover-up here.. all the stories and the evidence privided.. both seem quite conspicuous with you look at it with an objective eye.. “wake up Bajan…. wake up”

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  18. Shurf May 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

    A mock gun… Hmmmmmm, so why when it was read out on the CBC evening news, no mention of a mock gun. It was clearly stated that a magazine was found on the student, all the other stuff the was alleged cover up I believe. As I have said before to others. If it was what Barbados like to call one of the lesser schools, school name and student would have been revealed, long before now.

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  19. Original May 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

    The boy did not bring to school a gun.It was an empty magazine which isnt a charge since there is no ammunition . Morris just doesnt like to work . He is always the first ine to speak on issues but never speaks on the issue of why he is always absent from class even when nothing is wrong.
    I watched morris sit through a whole class and sleep when he was supposed to be teaching ….. what is he actually being paid for?

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  20. Barbara holford May 17, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Oh come on Rev Morris !!! R u not a ” man of God”… N did not ur bible tell u … Not to be afraid … Not even of they faces ?? But then again u aught to be afraid… Because u got on that TV show and made a mockery of God’s word…. So u have all cause to b frighten….

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  21. Oneal King May 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

    How long is the Ministry going to put up with this nonsense from Morris. The man seizes every opportunity to undermine the school. Clearly his agenda is destructive. From September please place Mr. Morris in an environment where he can feel safe and where he can be productive. Please do what is necessary to give this great school a chance to settle down and carry on the work pioneered by ” Bumpy ” Moore, “Charly ” Pilgrim etc.

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  22. roger headley May 17, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Anyone knows who the students’ parents are, and what are their professions?

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  23. Alex Alleyne May 17, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Drugs and Guns, they go together end result ….Money and/or Death.

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  24. Wiggs May 17, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I went to combermere. Charles morris u never turned up to teach any classes during my time. It is time people expose you for what you are

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  25. Ralph May 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Cawmere students can do no wrong. Too many highups got connections

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  26. Milli Watt May 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    yuh right charlie make sure you get a desk next to ronald…….but don’t SIT to close (wink wink)

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  27. Malinda Mayers May 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I believe it is the intensions of Charles Morris to bring down Combermere School. They are some teachers at that school and other schools that just need to be paid out and sent home. I would prefer the government not to assign them to another secondary school. I would really like to know why the media does even entertain anything Mr Morris says.

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  28. Up n onn May 17, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Stupse and he threaten a whole 2-F class to stab up them parents and pelt them off the balcony when them come looking for he…..he barely want speech.

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  29. Up n onn May 17, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I wonder if it is he that sabotaging Combermere school

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  30. Realist May 17, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    “Bring down Combermere school?” Sweet-heart, it is down already. Speak Charles Morris, the truth needs no defense. There is definitely more to this story.

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  31. Just A Thought Rasta May 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    a black christian reverend “teaching ” caribbean /africian history …well done barbados …well done

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  32. Bajan May 22, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Barbados is being plagued by unprecedented maiming and deaths due to gun violence. There is an unlimited supply of illegal firearms in the hands of criminals and it was only a matter of time before a firearm or accessories to a firearm ended up in our public school system. This is as bad as it gets before it gets worst. In this incident at Combermere, the students and staff became aware that a student had what appeared to be a real firearm in the school. This caused fear and commotion in the school. That’s how the Principal was alerted. But as parents and concerned citizens, we need to ask, what were this boy’s real intentions when he brought ‘an imitation firearm’ and an empty magazine into the school? Or did he have a real firearm that was somehow replaced by the imitation firearm once the school and police were alerted? If so, who gave him the ‘mock’ firearm and briefed him on what to say? Also, why did the school not adhere to the Ministry of Education’s guidelines for searching students? The Union and the national PTA should demand a proper investigation into this incident and should be kept updated on its progress and findings. The Royal Barbados Police Force and the Ministry of Education need to be seen as taking appropriate but serious actions in relation to this incident and not shrug it off as minor. Something serious happened at Combermere that is firearm realted. We need to know that our children are safe at school.

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