Hard lesson

Lester Vaughan principal addresses recent attack

Principal Michael Boyce of The Lester Vaughn School has broken his silence on the recent violent incident in which a mob of students unleashed a brutal attack on one of their peers.

While the attack had badly bruised the school’s image, Boyce today said he was hoping the country could learn from the entire episode.

“I’m hoping society as a whole learns from this. I would hope that we honestly learn. I can’t speak on a specific lesson, but I hope all of society can learn from this,” he told Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the schools fourth annual entrepreneurship exposition organized by the Parents Teachers Association (PTA).

In a recording that went viral on social media and raised the ire of Barbadians, a 14-year-old girl was seen being chased by an angry mob – some of whom could be heard hurling expletives – before falling to the ground and being kicked repeatedly in the head by some of the students. The attack allegedly followed an argument over a $15 bottle of hair spritz.

Four teenagers have since been charged in relation to the incident, and the victim, through her attorney-at-law Verla Depeiza, has said she would seek compensation for her injuries.

The child’s mother had told Barbados TODAY last week that the extent of her daughter’s injuries were unknown even after a battery of the tests and four x-rays.

The teenager was in such pain, the mother had said, that she was forced to a doctor’s appointment for more tests and treatment last Tuesday because “she wasn’t able to walk . . . and when she breathes in, she is experiencing pain in the chest”.

Boyce today opted not to say too much about the incident, but said the atmosphere at the school was calm in the face of the ordeal.

“The school is settled. We are into exam mode; the thirds and fourths have started. The firsts and seconds will be on by this Thursday.

“Students were disappointed, many of them were upset about the whole thing, but we are dealing with it,” he said.

Boyce added that programmes such as the entrepreneurship event were welcomed as they allowed students to display their talents.

“At this school we are always trying to find outlets for students to display their talents in a very positive manner. We are doing lots of work with the PTA. I believe in a very strong home-school partnership, I think that’s the way to go if we want to get the very best for our students. That does not mean that the home and school will always agree, but once we are singing from the hymn sheet at the same time everything will go well,” he stressed. (DB)

14 Responses to Hard lesson

  1. Outsider May 31, 2017 at 7:50 am

    What I’m not hearing from the principal what he is doing about this situation internally

  2. BRAD May 31, 2017 at 8:17 am


  3. kathy-Ann Clarke May 31, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Let us hope it teaches a great lesson, because I know there will be some that still wouldn’t care.
    I just continue to pray for the youth of this nation.

  4. Bajan May 31, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Mr. Principal, if any of your students are violently attacked and brought to your office with obvious injuries you should immediately call the Police for assistance and request the ambulance. Then you call their parents or guardians, in that order.The police response is to prevent further violence, protect the victim and identify and detain any offenders. The ambulance needs to come and medically assess the extent of the victim’s injuries and to determine whether or not they require advance medical care. The school has the responsibility of protecting and caring for the students in the absence of their parents, that means picking up the phone without delay and doing what must be done. Finally, if the incident is likely to cause social outrage or become a high publicity topic, you need to contact the Ministry of Education immediately and let them know what is going on so that they can offer you support and resources and start the ball rolling with their protocols. This is how you protect your students and staff and CYA in these situations.

    • lester May 31, 2017 at 9:51 am

      bajan he not going to call the police he will be more interested in the school’s image and those sponsors a stone throw away than the safety of students, my son attended LVS and have been a victim of this man folly, three years ago the same thing happen to my son in his final year, a group of bullies run down my son but thank God he did not received the kinda damage this young lady got, the principal allowed the bullies to remain at school, he should resign

  5. joan Worrell May 31, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Bajan, you have raised some good points but the first department of Government the principal must call, is the Ministry of Education i.e his employer.

  6. Mack May 31, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Head master Boyce you need to research head masters like F H Barker Deighton Maynard and the old greats who did the job you are now doing and find out their methods. In those dayd headmasters were incharge of their schools, You need to get back incharge of your’s!!!

  7. Milli Watt May 31, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    very loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnggg sssssttttttttttttttuuuuuuuuuuuuuupppppppppppppppppssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  8. Des May 31, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Mack ,The old greats who did their job did so because they had little to no interference by the minister.Today much negative is said about the heads and their staff and they are not allowed to carry out their duties .Parents will turn up at the school to abuse the teacher or to carry on but how many turn up when called in a matter about their child?Way too many parents are” busy ‘.The Primary source of education and discipline is the home .Yes, children spend long hours at schools but the said children do not belong to the schools .

  9. Jen May 31, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I wonder if I throw my shoe from here if he would feel it in the back of his head.

  10. Abbeygail May 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I agree with lester I have a daughter that went there so I no

  11. FED UP May 31, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    i agree long stupesssss. children be complaining nuttin get dun as dem said students retaliate dem getting send home. for the last 2yrs lvs and Alleyne have been constantly fighting in the school buses for both school including stoning of buses right in front the school and not once have I heard police involve or pupils sent home. head masters need to take kids complains SERIOUS. some be telling d kids wanna is all kids cut it out but said kid being constantly bully and dem not see n the fear all of this change kids and every body be blaming PARENTS. KIDS DOES BE WITH THE SCHOOL 95% BETWEEN THE AGES OF 4YRS-17YRS.

  12. Jessica francois May 31, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I gine take control of my child cause any pack of ynruly gremlins beat n bully her i gine amputate one of them hands. Bottom line. So parents expect a call from a principal saying one of wanna children lose a limb for life. The parents and children is the same pack. None say your wrong none say stop .

  13. Simone June 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    This Principal should be ashamed!

    Is this all he has to offer???

    Bunch of crap!


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