Cutlass attack

student loses finger in brutal attack at Ellerslie school

A feud that began two weeks ago between two fourth form male students of Ellerslie Secondary School escalated into a bloody, butchery affair today, with a 17-year-old student losing a finger, another partially severed, and several chop wounds to his right hand. He was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for medical attention.

Barbados TODAY understands that during the 11:50 a.m. lunch break a group of students were involved in an altercation when one of the pupils reached into his bag for a cutlass.

When Barbados TODAY arrived at the Black Rock, St Michael school after 1 p.m., a small group of concerned parents had gathered outside, waiting to pick up their charges, while a security officer kept close guard over the sole entrance.

Classes had come to a standstill with students held in their classrooms until their parents or guardians arrived, or until the official 3 p.m. close.

One student, who was leaving the premises with her parents, told Barbados TODAY that she was waiting to purchase her lunch in the school cafeteria when the disturbance began between the assailant and a group of male students.

She said the same group had attacked the assailant two weeks ago, leaving him battered and bruised on the road, and concluded that today’s incident was a continuation of that attack.

“They were cuffing him and he went in [his] bag and took out a collins and first he slap him with the collins and then he was still fighting back and then his hand got cut . . . . They had real blood all through the canteen,” the student recounted.

Her parent, who requested anonymity, said that she rushed to the school after receiving a frantic call from her daughter. Alarmed at the shocking act of violence, the parent expressed concerns about the lack of adequate security, and questioned what measure would be taken in future to ensure the students’ safety.

“How it is that parents got their children at this school, [it is] supposed to be safe and children bringing in machetes and these kinds of weapons?” she asked.

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman reacted with consternation to today’s attack, blaming the Ronald Jones-led Ministry of Education for failing to take decisive action against escalating violence in schools.

The scene at Ellerslie School today immediately following the cutlass attack that left one student injured. Inset Mary Redman

An angry Redman argued that despite the pleadings of teachers for more than a year, the ministry has refused to hold serious consultation to address the issue.

“I was so upset and distressed when I heard and I don’t know what else to say. We have been waiting now for over a year,” she told Barbados TODAY, while making reference to a pledge by the ministry at a quarterly meeting on May 24, 2016 that it would summon a special meeting to deal with violence in schools.

“We have waited since then and I would have mentioned it more than one occasion because there were several incidents since then. What are we really doing to stop this growing problem that everyone else in the society recognizes as a serious one?

“The Ministry of Education has the overall responsibility for the education system and the implementation of policy and we have now reached the stage where violence in school is at this level. We now must ask how much of this is affected by the ministry’s policies. The answer is clear in the increased frequency and intensity in the acts of violence. The message is clear by the evidence that we see, and we can no longer afford to ignore it,” she added.

An emotional Redman stressed that both teachers and students at Ellerslie were now operating in an atmosphere of fear, adding that she did not know what else it would take to convince the ministry of the gravity of the situation.

The BSTU president also told Barbados TODAY that she had received reports of two teachers at the same school being struck in the head by students.

“Both the teachers and the students were so traumatized today because they are not robots and they are distressed when these things happen to children that they care about. People think that it is only the child that was on the receiving end that is traumatized but from my report the entire school was traumatized. Children who witnessed it were deeply psychologically affected because it happened at the canteen. The other question is now to what extent are teachers expected to put themselves at risk. Are we expected to now get between a student wielding a cutlass to protect another student on the receiving end? The situation cannot be allowed to continue,” she stressed.

The issue of violence in schools exploded to the fore in April last year after a teacher at Ellerslie was allegedly spat on and kicked by a student who she had attempted to verbally discipline.

However, both the BSTU and the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) have said it was not an isolated case, citing as examples teachers being subjected to assault and battery by their charges, including a teacher who had been attacked on three occasions and his vehicle vandalized.

BUT President Pedro Shepherd had also spoken of teachers being intimidated by students who took weapons to school, while both union leaders have described the escalation of violence in some schools as rendering those institutions “war zones”.

Following the April 2016 Ellerslie incident Jones had announced the establishment of a broad-based committee to investigate violence in schools.

He said at the time the committee would have been established within a week of the announcement and would look into student-on-student violence and student-on-teacher violence, as well as cases of teacher-on-student violence “if that exists”, and would recommend ways to resolve the issue and enhance security at schools.

Nothing has been heard from Jones since about the committee.

Source: (KK/CM)

44 Responses to Cutlass attack

  1. Leroy November 23, 2017 at 1:33 am

    If something isnt done decisively, one day we may witness a murder of a school child on school premises.

    There are hand held metal detectors and visual inspection of bags.

    It may seem harsh but students deemed to be of high risk for violence should be screened when entering the school.

    Besides those security measures the ministry has to come up with a strict policy on violence in school instead of sending home atudents for a few weeks make it manditory that they receive conselling, conflict resolution and mentoring.

    Now i dont know the details but if the original fight 2 weeks ago was properly handled this second encounter could hv been averted.

  2. MARIA Holder November 23, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Violence has always been in the schools but Mr Jones installed a large number of inexperienced, young persons – his buddies from his teaching days and union days and political faithfuls – and made them principles. They have no people skills – with staff or students and you need a magnifying glass to find how much they even care about the tasks for which they have been appointed

    • John Everatt November 23, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      This does not surprise me in the least.

  3. MARIA Holder November 23, 2017 at 2:14 am

    And Mary stop bothering about these things. If teachers decide tomorrow, enough is enough and down tools, the public will cuss you left, right and centre. Cool yuh head girl.

  4. Ossie Moore November 23, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Buhbaydus ( barbados ) as King Dyal called back in the 60’s / 70’s an island of ” black cattle ” that hates and kills one another. Up to this very day his words still echo throughout the little piece of 2 x 4 banana republic , flying fish mentality . . little piece of salt stone rock.

    Father , don’t forgive them because the black ass h***s never did have an ounce of common sense because the slave owners / masters took everything away from them and only left then with ” wuk up ” intelligence.

    • jennifer November 23, 2017 at 3:51 am

      Ossie them last three lines of what u posted is a basic harbinger for all of this current moral BLACK family and social decay. I don’t want to hear about Chinese, Indian, japs, etc. I dealing with strictly black communities. Just Tuesday am a man was chasting another with a Collins in town. Thank god the Collins holder fell.

      I bet if i ask any black person their understanding of the devil, they would say he got horns, is under the ground running around with a pitch fork in hand. This is the mentality that needs to change of this people.

      We need to stop looking at only the school children but look at the whole picture.

      • jennifer November 23, 2017 at 4:03 am

        And when people care looking to crack this puzzel, please stay on the black track, and focus on blacks only -in Barbados, regional and international. If u come off blacks u will lose the picture.

        • jennifer November 23, 2017 at 4:05 am

          People are

      • marva November 23, 2017 at 10:31 am

        Why comment to Ossie Moore when his comments seem to reflect his lack of self -pride. It looks like a cursing out of women, which when done by any child says a lot about that child.

  5. jennifer November 23, 2017 at 3:33 am

    As i have said before, what we are currently dealing with a multi faceted situation. To begin or try to explain any of this will call for one to have an open mind. And many of this people’s minds are obstinate and closed by default – and this includes teachers/ministers alike. This is not a physical or psychological issue, but a spiritual one which encompasses many areas. I know, sounds stupid doesn’t it. And u know what it is all PROGRESSIVE too. Social interaction, poverty, parent-child interaction, economic condition, parenting or what ever you want to pin it on, are all sub-issues. All this is like having a rotten tooth among other rotten teeth. Only thing is that this tooth can be fix – Now you will begin to tackle the major problems, which will not wash with any governmental head in this place. Oh and I know you lot will tell
    me “I was not like this back then” I know. Actually u were the harbinger for this lot. What do we say ” I don’t want my children to go through what I went through when I was young, and away they go. etc. Watch the children of this current lot a few yes from now. Remember how u use to speak to elders in the village. Now look how them kids and parents watch ya and dont speak. It all progressive.

  6. luther thorne November 23, 2017 at 3:50 am

    People are not being punished for wrong doing. We have young mothers who cannot control 3 year old boys. Wrong doers are being favoured and given sympathy and not.punishment. Definitely a female /feminine soft approach. If you allow children an inch they will take a yard. Discipline must return. PUBLIC FLOGGINGS must come back. Punishment Eduation Training (PET). Zero tolerance to unruly people who break the rules and flout the Laws. Lock up some PARENTS too. Simple but effective solutions that will never be implimented simply because we like the situation as is. Watch how the naysayers attack the idea of PUBLIC FLOGGINGS.

    • Leroy November 23, 2017 at 9:01 am

      “Discipline must return” – yes

      Public floggings would work well on your great great great grand mother in the town square than todays society, No?

      I think you Luther would enjoy Saudi Arabia more, go live there.

      You havent spoken of mentoring, conflict resolution, parental training, moral guidance(not religious education), confidence/esteem building, anger management, no recent history being though in school, but lets beat them in PUBLIC.

      • jennifer November 23, 2017 at 9:30 am

        And let me tell u Leroy, if these wicked politicians did not go and adopted the said people child rearing policies and allow them to come in and advise them we would have been better off. Check the Indians, Chinese, etc who have divised their own child rearing policies. These leaders are lost.

      • Bajan Patriot November 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm

        Leroy it all starts in the home’s. As our old folks would say “Charity starts at home” the kids today were spared the rod. And the government’s made it the law that kids can carry parent’ to court. Barbados has be taken over by bajan agent working for the new world order government.
        Check this pleae.

  7. John guy November 23, 2017 at 4:04 am

    This points to the issue of bullying in schools that which we fail to address. Read the article. We continue to pussyfoot around the matter. Deal with the bullies. Many people if attacked and badly beaten by a group they were exposed to daily would find ways and means of protecting themselves too. Not justifying the actions but look harder.

    People seem to be seeking their own justice . Wonder why?

    • Peppa November 23, 2017 at 7:59 am


      We are not dealing with the bullies. Those in charge continue to pretend that it’s SEP – Somebody Else’s Problem.

      • roger headley November 23, 2017 at 8:07 am

        But we were told that there are two justice systems. In that same speech, it was identified that the legal one is not functioning as it should. What does that leave us with?

  8. Bajan Patriot November 23, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I want you barbarian people to view this video and comments.

    • jennifer November 23, 2017 at 8:18 am

      @bajan patriot – excellent. I have watch many vids with Dr Julia. This is essentially my point. And the more this ideology of julia is taken for granted the worst things will become. But there is also another element which Dr Julia does not see which is spiritual. This people was not enslaved for no reason. There is a point to all of it. The ROOT is where we need to go.

      • jennifer November 23, 2017 at 8:23 am

        And all you white or white infected lot can talk about public beating, hanging this and massa that, more jail the other, things will get no better until a certain angle is tackled.

        • Jennifer November 23, 2017 at 5:52 pm

          Dr Julia’s and Dr Umar Johnson type of teaching should also be taught in our schools to psychologically support our young boys and girls as it is clear that the teachers and parents alike are not equip and not doing any self esteem building of these young minds. All the time the exhibition of this plantation type behavior being displayed from this people. From the use of the cutlass to getting females pregnant and leaving them and leaving someone else to feed them like the good old plantation stud.

  9. Alex Alleyne November 23, 2017 at 6:53 am

    These youngsters hear that DODDS is a “good jail”.
    Blame it on the AG.

    • Bajan Patriot November 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      No Alex. Its starts at home. Discipline and manners starts at home. No excuses here.

  10. Randolph November 23, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Jones is a failure and a larmer.What has he accomplished as minister of education?

  11. Alex Alleyne November 23, 2017 at 8:48 am

    @Jennifer, most people are “Religious” not “Spiritual”……that is the heart of the problem . Once a “super glamorous” person get to preaching people are drawn like flies on dead meat.

    • jennifer November 23, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Yep. All white lies in them churches which this people like.

  12. Greengiant November 23, 2017 at 9:08 am

    So Mary, you and your union comrades who were walking up to the top of the hill to have a repeal of the NSRL tax didn’t see this issue of violence in the school system, and the lack of action by the Ministry as reason to stage protest action.

    It just shows how you civil servants (turn union leaders) still behave like civil servants. You jump from issue to issue without completely addressing any particular one. Now a child is injured on the compound of the school, you want to place the blame squarely at the feet of the Minister.

    Well, Mary Redman “you, the leadership of all teachers unions and the minister should resign now”. You have all failed the teachers you represent, the students and even yourselves. Could the repealing of the levy, that will place a few dollars in the pockets of your constituents replace a life, or limb? You people who desire to lead, lack the strength, focus, and critical path thought process to lead anything. Too emotional, the lot of you.

    Never catches the bus on time, the bus always leaves you so called leaders at the terminal where issues are concerned. Then you wish to pass the blame. Let me hear you sharing the blame for a change, and you’ll regain my respect as you have all lost it.

  13. Carl November 23, 2017 at 9:14 am

    For too long we have allowed foreign cultures to infect our own. Our once proud bajan culture which caused us to be the envy of many. We have allowed education to replace common sense and offer excuses to tolerate and encourage disrespect for authority and law which has contributed significantly to the decline in our moral fabric. As a result, those bent on negative behaviour your are protected under the system while law abiding citizens are forced to cringe in fear. Despite this if you become frustrated with the same system and take matters into your own hands you’re seen as a vigilantee and made an example of. We, the law abiding MUST take a stand for ‘When good men are indifferent, bad men will prosper’.

  14. 3rdsun November 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

    what do you expect when the ministry close the only school for slow learners and won’t institute a environment for troubled young people. These vagabonds should be in a disciplinary institution on the first sign of trouble.

  15. Sue Donym November 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Get civics back in schools!
    Children’s view of law and order should not be limited to seeing a raid or being threatened with Dodds or being screamed at with predictions of their gruesome death.
    This society has to commit itself to bringing up our children in a kinder, gentler way – not leaving them to run the road in the belief that we are making them street wise. Teach them about respect for others, but without letting your children think you’ve abandoned them to whatever treatment any adult deems fit.

    We’ve been so steeped in the idea of punishment by violence that some people are almost ashamed to say that they don’t believe in beating children into shape. There are those who say:
    – “I get beat bad and I better for it”
    – Who don’t want to beat the children believe in new-fashioned nonsense
    – Spare the rod and spoil the child
    without thinking that we are all individuals (respond differently) and that we are using violence to teach children not to be violent!

    Adults as well as children have rights and responsibilities.

  16. milli watt November 23, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Columbine Columbine Columbine Columbine Columbine Columbine … bubbling up nicely only a matter of time now btw that school might as well hold classes on black rock cause they are on that road all throughout the day. keep up the good work.

  17. Ossie Moore November 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Listen to Mrs. marva Moron talking about self pride ha ha ha , G B Y if your black moron country folks had self pride they would not have been chasing people through Bridgetown with a collins.

    Then again my dear Marva Moron . . . . . what better does one expect from the illiterate 50% of the 95 % who live on the ISLAND OF MORONS located at 13.1939° N, 59.5432° W .

  18. Bajan Patriot November 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Solution to all of this is to take strong actions at the next election. Send a clear message to the U.N. New world order shadow government that’s running barbados, That Barbadians will take back our country by any means necessary. The new world order government got rid of all the smart educated p.m and install that Poppet. Some one they can control. GET RID OF BOTH SELL OUT PARTIES. ELECT ALL NEW PEOPLE TO HIGH OFFICE.


  19. jrsmith November 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I am not surprise by this violence which is the ghetto mentality, boys in the hood and the bad attitudes ,, this is where lots of bajans want to be as like the Americans, well we have reached and what we are seeing is the tip of the iceberg………..What is surprising , this was not a gun attack……………
    @, Jennifer , hail ,hail your (9.30) good shot , does this mean
    we were too hasty in breaking the chains on the statue ……

    What is evil and who is Satan , everything violent in Barbados is black on black , why, why , why , it is as when you wake daily you are expecting to hear bad violent news in Barbados ……..

  20. milli watt November 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    leave the vagabonds nuh………all yuh breed an get dem finish what you started and send them to the A+ they deserve.

  21. Philip November 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    She said the same group had attacked the assailant two weeks ago, leaving him battered and bruised on the road, and concluded that today’s incident was a continuation of that attack.

    “They were cuffing him and he went in [his] bag and took out a collins and first he slap him with the collins and then he was still fighting backs and then his hand got cut . . . . They had real blood all through the canteen,” the student recounted

  22. Philip November 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    It was self defence is a shame that you had to use a Collins but self defence

  23. Kathy November 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I will never understand how people want to place the blame for all this violence on the authorities when in this society there are people who refuse to train their children right and teach them respect and value for life. The minister and the union leader, God know’s leave a lot to be desired, but no they can’t be blamed for this breakdown of morals in society. You the parents are to blame.

    • Ossie Moore November 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      To answer your question Kathy , that’s what happens when you have a nation of idiots breeding and producing more idiots .

      Take a close look at the spelling of :

      (1) Barbadians _ Barbarians.

      ¡ Bienvenidos a la isla de los Bárbaros !


      • Bajan Patriot November 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

        Absolutely! Uneducated and ignorant pack of low life Morons.No wonder the country is in a State.

  24. luther thorne November 23, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    YES ! FLOG their arses
    Anybody that could take a gun and shoot somebody in public like shooting through a crowd at Kadooment should be subjected to a PUBLIC FLOGGING.
    Carry School a cutlass and chop off fingers in public- PUBLIC FLOGGING.
    Tief the Public money — Ditto —

    Conflict resolution ?
    PUBLIC FLOGGINGS would resolve the conflicts. The people nowadays aint getting worse than people before. People are people and the Laws were put in place for a reason. Authorities get soft and ignorant and now have a softfy softfy feminine sqeamish approach.
    PUBLIC FLOGGINGS in duh arse !! It is the SOLUTION

    Talking about Solution. Somebody here suggesting vote for SOLUTION and forget the other two parties
    Please stop making joke. The Country would grind to a halt if that happen . Those Solution people dont have a clue. Its either BLP or DLP – Mia or DONVILLLE .Wunna think Bajans foolish ? Third party in Barbados ? When ? Who ? Steupssssssssssssssssssssssse !!!!is

  25. Bajan Patriot November 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Absolutely! Uneducated and ignorant pack of low life Morons.No wonder the country is in a State.

  26. Sheralyn Brooker November 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Then the guard would take it upon him/herself to guard an entrance. Boy look! If my child was going to school there, he/she would let me through though. I’m sick of this backward behaviour.

  27. Helicopter(8P) November 30, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Retardation of ethical principals by parents and passed on to child!


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