Two confess

Duo admits to beating schoolmate as third accused denies involvement

The parents of two Lester Vaughan School students watched helplessly Thursday as their children were whisked away – one to Her Majesty’s Prison, Dodds, the other to the Government Industrial School (GIS) – for the weekend, after admitting to their involvement in the beating of a schoolmate that was captured on camera and went viral on social media.

The two – 16-year-old Kaviah Smith who was remanded to prison, and a 14-year-old boy who will await sentencing at GIS – were among three pupils of the St Thomas secondary school who walked into the District “D” Magistrates’ Court Thursday morning to answer the charge of assaulting a 15-year-old student, occasioning her actual bodily harm last Wednesday.

Sixteen-year-old Kaviah Smith was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, Dodds Thursday.

The third accused, a 15-year-old girl who is charged with the same offence, pleaded not guilty and was granted $500 bail.

There was little expression on the trio’s faces when they entered the court just after 11 a.m., after being interviewed by a probation officer.

Their disposition was in stark contrast to the parents who accompanied them. The guardians appeared anxious as their children went before Magistrate Ian Weekes to answer for their roles in what has been described as a violent attack on their schoolmate.

In the video, the girl is seen being chased by an angry mob –– some of whom could be heard hurling expletives –– before she falls to the ground and is kicked repeatedly in the head by some of her peers.

The attack allegedly followed an argument over a $15 bottle of hair spritz.

Despite the high profile nature of the case, less than a dozen onlookers stood just outside the gates of the court under an almond tree, from as early as 9 a.m., in the hope of getting a look at the accused trio Thursday.

They would get their wish sometime later as the 15-year-old who was granted bail walked out of the courtroom accompanied by a parent, just after 12:30 p.m., following a 45-minute appearance before the magistrate.

The other parents gathered in the waiting area at the front of the court as Smith and the male teen were escorted into a waiting police vehicle a short while later and transported to their remand locations.

The students will know their fate when they reappear before the magistrate next Monday. Sergeant Derwin Thompson is prosecuting the case.

The victim of the assault, who is reportedly nursing serious injuries, was not in court to see her alleged attackers.

However, attorney-at-law Verla Depeiza, who is representing her, made an appearance.

Speaking to reporters just outside the court, the lawyer provided minimal details of what had transpired when the three went to answer their charges, but said she could not give an update on the teen’s health, as she did not have the all-clear from the child’s mother to do so.

The three accused of attacking Depeiza’s client were not the only ones from The Lester Vaughan School facing Magistrate Weekes Thursday.

Another 15-year-old girl also appeared before the judicial officer on separate charges of assaulting two other 16-year-old students, occasioning them actual bodily harm. She pleaded guilty to one charge and denied the other. She too was remanded to the Government Industrial School.

However, unlike her schoolmates, she is scheduled to make her second appearance in court on June 1.

63 Responses to Two confess

  1. Shawn Pablo
    Shawn Pablo May 26, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Over a $15 bottle of hair spritz . Really them ain`t hear about coconut oil put them hair in one get to school good now stop up there at Doods prison and take a bath with blue soap and cream all yah skin with spit

  2. Kimberly Harewood-linker
    Kimberly Harewood-linker May 26, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Good, I hope this sets an example for any possible future Incidents

  3. hcalndre May 26, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Are these kids` case being tried in a Juvenile court or are they tried as adults? What I`m seeing here they will be doom for life in Barbados so what ever is the result, their parents/guardians should get them out of that place.

  4. Hewers of wood May 26, 2017 at 4:39 am

    I hold these parents responsible for all of this mess. Usually when children behave like this the parents are similar and no man is living in the home or if one is in there he is softer than butter and getting bullied too. lawyers ain’t cheap either.

  5. Samantha May 26, 2017 at 4:48 am

    They will not be doomed for life in barbados, we don’t have that type of society. We have people serving 17+ years for murder and coming out of prison and becoming productive members of society. It all depends on what you do with yourself while you are serving your time.

  6. jlo May 26, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Doom for life? What about the victim she is scared for life.
    My child is 29 went to that same school and had to endure
    similar situation daily and is still affected to this very day. Cell phones were not as popular as they are now so it was not known. They have to be made an example of so the others would know it is not ok. All the others who were there should be punished by the school……. and that’s easy to find out enough videos are out there…….i know of being punished when a few persons in my class did something and the entire class got punished .

  7. Jerry Hall May 26, 2017 at 5:42 am

    It is a sad indictment of the beloved BIM, in which we grew up in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s… and contemporary Barbados.

    Today’s parents are inclined to give their children everything, but themselves.

    But what about our leaders and betters?
    Good role models!

    May I respectfully enquire – ‘Where did it all go so wrong ‘!

  8. Bobolee Popo May 26, 2017 at 6:26 am

    hcalndre !! if they are kids they should have been tried in uh goat-pen !! mr rabbit!!

    • hcalndre May 26, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      @Bobolee Popo: you did not surprise me when I used the word “kids” and your understanding tells you that I`m referring to a goat, probably you are one of the sheeple that is still about the place.

  9. Renee May 26, 2017 at 7:18 am

    They want locking to hell up..and throw away the key

  10. Unknown May 26, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I aint feeling for none of them because the girl who was beaten paid the others for the spritz and them still turn and did her a bunch of b******t. I am very glad something was done about. But if it was my child instead of them going behind bars it would have been me instead and they would be on a bed

  11. Greengiant May 26, 2017 at 8:09 am

    We are still holding our breath for incidents at other schools to be treated similarly. All involved here deserve the full weight of the law, our youth can’t continue to do as they please without incurring the consequences.

    I also want to see the others charged, they were more than three of them.

    • Deathnote May 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

      I agree

    • Spencer May 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      I completely agree with you.

  12. Lawful rights May 26, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Stupid comment @hcalndre.d blasted girl couldn’t even make it to court if she was killed wa u wudda say.stupsee.

  13. Mm.forde May 26, 2017 at 8:59 am

    All who beat that girl so, want life in prison. Nobody wants to see the child beat to a pulp the girl walking away n ppl following her to fight. That is bare stupidity. Dem want life in prison fa dat direct!

  14. Cyrinity May 26, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Hewers of Wood – That is not always the case.

  15. Milli Watt May 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

    only three………..dat count ain’t right

  16. Andrea brome May 26, 2017 at 10:04 am

    The girl and boys have a voice to talk don’t take all the blame ,it time to speak up as we see the video it plenty more

  17. lime juice May 26, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Their were about twenty of them

  18. lime juice May 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

    That should be a bus load on its way to dodds

  19. Bootsy May 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Hcaindre, if you were the parent of the victim you wont be concern where the trial was conducted. You would be looking to get your hands on them. The shoe is on the other foot but one day you might be in her parent’s shoes and you will see

  20. Ossie Moore May 26, 2017 at 10:22 am

    The students should be tried as adults and they should be given criminal records . If you think that I am wrong then what would you do if it was your child that had gotten beaten up by the ” gang of ghetto thugs .”

    The ghetto actions of the thugs are reflections of the houses in which they live in, it all begins at home .

    Now the parents of the thugs are all in court with long faces , and sad look expression on their faces. That’s what happens when kids have kids . . …neither has respect for the other.

    If I were the family of the victim I would even have my Lawyers go after :

    (a) the the students who recorded the cell phone video / audio.
    (b) The students who were cheering the fighting on.
    (c) The Lester Vaughn High school for not providing adequate security for the student

    In my position I would have brought down to B’dos my U S Attorney to join the team of my Barbadian Attorneys and when the dust is cleared I would end up owning the Lester Vaughn High school.

    • Leroy May 26, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      How can u go after the school for something which occurred off compound?
      Should be glad it was recorded to be available to determine the guilty parties.
      Cheering students, what crime can they be arrested for?

      • Mark My Word May 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm

        Cheering students, what crime can they be arrested for?
        Aiding and abetting is a legal doctrine related to the guilt of someone who aids or abets in the commission of a crime. It exists in a number of different countries and generally allows a court to pronounce someone guilty for aiding and abetting in a crime even if they are not the principal offender.

        • Sherri small May 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm

          The facebook attorney has spoken lol

        • Lorna May 27, 2017 at 7:15 pm

          It’s called in sighting violence. How different is it in a hate crime when the mob is shouting “kill kill”. You mean that nobody there had a heart. Where is our humanity??? Not one person attempted to intervene? Suppose that child had died? Suppose she get an unlucky blow that cripple her? Suppose she suffer head injuries? It could have gone so many other ways but thank God it didn’t. If more were involved more should be charged and criminally charged. That is not an act of a child nor children . They deserve to be punished and punishment should fit the crime. All that beat her need to see the inside of HM Prison. That’s horrible. I cant begin to express how disgusted I am. And this new trend of recording children fighting instead of stopping it is shameful and belligerent …..this society going backwards???? Really people!!! This is what we become??? Smdh

  21. Slick May 26, 2017 at 10:32 am

    @hewers of wood you’re an idiot … countless single mothers, grandmothers raise kids on this islands and they don’t behave like this. In some instances it has to do with parenting but they are some kids that are just bent on doing what they want to do … you like others buy in to that fable … let’s stick to out culture … You’re watching to much American TV… read a book.

  22. Tracey May 26, 2017 at 10:38 am

    It is not fair how people always say it’s the parent’s fault until you live work hard is add for you child and try to teach them right and there end up still going wrong would you know it’s not the parents fault and even so.if the parents are no good that dont mean it’s there fault children young adults have a mind of there owe and there should learn to use it to think.

    • harry turnover May 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Exactly Tracey …and most of these children are well behave and often are lambs when at home.At School or away from home it is a different thing.
      Just listen to the mothers when something goes wrong with their children.

  23. Joan Worrell May 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I am no lawyer but I am a parent. I would hope that the magistrate will ask the parents of the offenders to agree to pay the medical expenses and legal fees of the victim, without the offenders being convicted. I have heard the term ”bind over to be of good behaviour and keep the peace” . If this is applicable, they should punished in this manner. Failing to heed the penalty, then a conviction should be considered .

    • Carson C Cadogan May 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm


      They should be sent to Jail for 5 years.

      • harry turnover May 26, 2017 at 6:42 pm

        Agree with you CCC back up Glendairy and send them there.

        • jennifer May 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

          We got people walking around that murdered millions of innocent people and still walking around without spending a day in jail. Politicians corrupt as shyte and missing monies and no one ain’t gone to prison. Come on guys.

  24. Kandi May 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

    All that where involved needs to be punished. Parents need to get control back from the kids, what happen to complaining to your parents and have the adults deal with it? No, not now cause everybody has something to prove, no worries about school work or they future, just what people will think or say about you? Come on, is this behaviour worth losing your freedom?

  25. Apple May 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

    All that where involved needs to be punished. Parents need to get control back from the kids, what happen to complaining to your parents and have the adults deal with it? No, not now cause everybody has something to prove, no worries about school work or they future, just what people will think or say about you? Come on, is this behaviour worth losing your freedom?

  26. Andre powers May 26, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Well i aint no angel ,but i going talk from experience #1 iwouldnt blame the children parents because a mother only pushes u out not push a brain in u , mothers do the best for they children and they children still get caught up in gang activity.#2 i think that charge should be seriuos bodily harm not actual because that girl cant even walk .#3 i would like justice for that girl and i talking about justice ,how they treated that girl she couldnt nearly deserve that ,not over something like that,boys and younger girls kicked that girl,which it appears that it was a gang ,yes i believe more of them should be charged and they better rather that than dead,cuz if that was any of my relatives things would have been hamdle a different way.

  27. sam clarke May 26, 2017 at 11:49 am


  28. Anita May 26, 2017 at 11:56 am

    My heart goes out to the victim and it is my hope that the parents of the accused are made to cover her medical and other rehabilitation expenses. Having said that, sending children to prison will not solve the mental state of these kids or the problem of violence in schools. This action will likely destroy the young lives of these children and probably create a bigger problem for society in the future. As usual, we seek legal solutions rather than social solutions. What I am not hearing are the long term solutions to minimize this type of behaviour in our youth. So until we address the root causes, be prepared for school violence to continue.

  29. Ladydellarose May 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I hold parents and many other adults who are involved in these children lives (Parents, Teachers, Aunts, Uncles Friends etc) adults are not setting or living by examples anymore…. We live in a country where you have Churches in every village in Barbados and yet Lifestyle seem not to refect such… i talk with children every day and at no time they disrespect me, they know when you genuinely care for them or not…. we all fail these kids in one form or another. Strangers stop judging and talk with our children, respect them, love them and see what will happen….You would be surprised of what their hearts reveal…. PLEASE…. take the time and save our kids in Humanity ❤they are lost (we’ve been there in our time and many adults still searching) and the are just kids, help them find their way. This behavior you see speaks loudly that they need help … Lets find a way to Help our Children find their way Please.

  30. Joan Worrell May 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I share your views 100 percent. The system has failed the youth. Convicting a 16 year old because of a lapse in judgement can only destroy her life. We have allowed UNICEF to convince our authorities that the forms of punishment, which worked effectively
    in the past, should be banned from schools and homes, without asking them for a proven workable alternative. Not one voice from either side of the House of Assembly was heard challenging the bans. They knew/know how bad corporal punishment is but not one of them can find a replacement. They are as responsible for the children’s misbehaviour as the children themselves.

    • jennifer May 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      @Anita and Joan – you guys bagged it. The biggest disability of black people is their mind. They came off the plantation but the mind set is still the same. These politicians have allowed ALL of those agencies of the said oppressor to come in and continue to dictate how to run things for this people. Penetrating and corrupting the minds and souls of the masses
      These politicians NEVER go to their people to get their views just implement the puke of those people. Then we got the education system and the churches cementing the greaves. Not one of those past or present political leaders sought to reverse the damage done to this people from slavery. And because we keep by passing those effects on this people we keep getting these offences and hate in our communities due to self hate. We need to go back to the ROOTS.

      • jennifer May 26, 2017 at 7:44 pm

        Mind you I am speaking about this people as a whole. From the head to the toes, adults, children and the elderly.

  31. Francina Atkins May 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Well now they will have time to reflect on their actions. The other rudeness will learn that they are consequences to certain behaviors. The crime goes with the punishment. So sad for the child that was beaten. Need to fight back?

  32. lester May 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm


  33. Sheron Inniss May 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I am 52+ years young. I can remember when mouthy me just had to get the look and that was that. I was frighten for my skin so I was usually a well behaved child, not kid. You did not misbehave at school or on the roads either as licks would be coming before you reached home. Today you can’t look at these school men and women before you get blind blister. Actions have consequences and jail is what is good for them. I make no apologies for saying that is my opinion. Ill behaviour starts more often than not in the home and if the parents don’t nip it in the bud that is what happens.

    Furthermore some of these school girls seem to be more interested in hair styles. That is why they are going to school with a curler at the front of their head. hair spritz and such like. There is a time and place for everything but we seem to have forgotten and keep making excuses for the indiscipline.

    The ministry and minister are turning the blind eye to what teachers know to be happening. Seriously disrespecting the union and teachers. We are reaping the whirlwind and it will probably get worse before it gets better.

    Yes, jail may not be the place for them but the facility available already has problems. Can it cope? I don’t think so.

    If the youngsters are found guilty they will have to do the time. Maybe in the silence they will come to their senses when they realize that the days of freedom that they took for granted is no longer theirs.

    I believe perpetrators of crime should face the music. Maybe if the claimant’s mother is of a forgiving heart and is allowed to speak, just maybe the outcome may not be what I am expecting.

  34. Realist May 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Leroy it started at school and the person’s she complain to should have done something. We don’t know how many students dI’d r get hurt because of the system they have at schools. Yes some parents are to be blame also for the children actions. I once was told it take a village to raise a child. They are right to charge theme in adult court.

  35. Freeagent May 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Now that this incident has received widespread attention, I trust that attention will also be given to those students from various schools that throw stones and other missiles into buses on which children from other schools travel. Do not let us wait until we have another unfortunate incident to do something about this misbehaviour.
    School children should respect the institutions that they attend and the uniforms that they wear.

  36. Maureen king May 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I hope that this would be a lesson to the rest of students
    That withm every action comes a reaction.

  37. sticks and stones May 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Shame ! Shame ! on YOU PARENTS for not raising and preparing your children to be exemplary citizens in society,. The parents of these ruthless children should also be held accountable for the legal cost or any damage to the victim

  38. Very upset parent May 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Put yourself in that child and the parents place, send the Vipers to jail for 20 years , kicks in the head is no joke so no long talk ,Story done

  39. Annoymous May 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I totaly agree with everything you said…because they should have a criminal record for starters and they should all go to dodds, because if it was anyone else’s child they would want the full extent of the law places on those who committed the crime. I honestly believe that they were more than just three of them. They all should bw two cents.

  40. Ossie Moore May 26, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Sheron Innis said :

    { Furthermore some of these school girls seem to be more interested in hair styles. That is why they are going to school with a curler at the front of their head. hair spritz and such like. There is a time and place for everything but we seem to have forgotten and keep making excuses for the indiscipline.
    The ministry and minister are turning the blind eye to what teachers know to be happening. Seriously disrespecting the union and teachers. We are reaping the whirlwind and it will probably get worse before it gets better }

    Great points Sheron ! And to add my two cents . . . .

    (1) Has the B’dos Ministry of Education made any public comments addressing the situation ?

    (2) To Leroy : Commenter ” Mark My Word ” completely answers your question . . . .now you know.

    (3) Now referring to Sheron Inniss’s comment again :

    { that is why they are going to school with a curler at the front of their head. hair spritz and such like }

    To all of those who are saying that the parents are not to blame , why would any responsible and / or respectable parent allow her teenage daughter to leave home to go to school with ” a curler at the front of their head. hair spritz and such like “.

    Case in point , I was out jogging one morning a few weeks ago and a woman was dropping off her young teenage ( who was about 16/ 17 years old ) daughter at a High school. The lady whom I assume was the owner of the business being mentioned . . . . had a sign on the side of her car that said ” SEXY THINGS “. The mother , dressed like she was a ” call girl ” going out on a date with a client , got out of the car to open the back door for her daughter who then exited the car dressed in a long black very tight , spandex pants with three large 4 inch diameter holes cut out on each leg of the pants . . . . going to school.

    Please answer my questions . . . ..

    (a) Was this a responsible respectable parent ?

    (b) Would you let your teenage daughter go to school dressed like that ?

    I can guarantee you that in less than five years from now that parent is going to be blaming the devil and asking God and herself . . . . . OMG where did I go wrong ?

    Do you all catch my drift . . do you see where I am going ?

  41. stevewilliams May 26, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    The future is not bright for these reprobates

  42. Maureen Fields May 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    When everything calm down the parents of those bullies will dress nice, learnt a few new words and come on the media with ‘pretty pictures’ of their home lives; believe me…..Others will fall for it! Not me tho, can’t disguise good enough for me.

  43. Joan Worrell May 26, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I spent the last week on the Internet looking for a a replacement for corporal punishment and two of the most popular solutions are loss of privileges and time-outs. When I did follow-up searches for these two forms of discipline, some psychologists say that they are effective, others say they are ineffective and yet others say that in order for them to be effective, they must be applied correctly. Oh My God, these social scientists (psychologists, economists, sociologists) can’t agree on anything. I came across a beautiful article on the disciplining of children captioned ”Why you should never use timeouts on your kids” . Barbados Today does not allow the publishing of URL’s so you would have to Google it. It makes very interesting reading.

  44. Jennifer May 26, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Guys, there is a good article entitled “the plight of our school girls” by Marsha. The article is to the right side of the screen. She is really giving a good outlook on this situation.

  45. Cindy b May 27, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I’m a young person and I can honestly say from listening to my peers that sending them to jail won’t make a big difference,I’ve heard guys talk about going up dodds and spending the little time and coming back out,I’ve also heard them talk about honour killings,this is where someone does you something wrong and you kill that person,in a situation like that in their minds it’s an honour…this is the thinking of alot of our young people…Now we want to get through to our students that this behaviour is not acceptable and if you engage in it there will be harsh consequences..if it was up to me I would publicly lash all involved until they cry infront of all the school and let the audience record and send it viral too and then when they come of age to work make them pay a certain amount of money for a certain amount of years to a fund set up for that young lady because I could be wrong but i do beleive that she might have health issues later on in life….

  46. sam May 27, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I think that at 15 and 16 a person is well aware of the consequences of their actions so for people who are saying they are children and shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions I say you are wrong these children are no longer children but possible future criminals when you decide to commit a crime or a serious offence the problem comes when reality hits them dead in the face they realize the seriousness of their actions so let justice prevail and punish them

  47. nomvuya May 27, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Ossie Moore

    why go after the persons recording? Omitting to do something is not a crime as far as i know. Without the recording the police might not have been able to pin point the guilty ones!

  48. PattyCake May 28, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Well I guess it is time to reflect. Instead of preparing for or writing exams she will be a resident at HMP. lesson: never dish out what you won’t want for yourself. That girl who was abused was carried in the womb just like you.

  49. Miche May 29, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Juvenile delinquency, is a direct result of Adult delinquency

  50. Miche May 29, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Juvenile delinquency, is a direct result of Adult delinquency;;;;;;;Lets not put complete blame on the children,,they are just following the example set by those who were placed to mold their lives


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