School trouble


Two of the four boys involved in the violent fracas at St Leonard’s Boys’ School earlier this week have been remanded to the Government Industrial School for the next four weeks.

The two, both 15 years old, pleaded guilty today before Magistrate Douglas Frederick to causing a disturbance at the educational institution on February 12. They also pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding 16-year-old Shakeil Ian Nicholls, of 3rd Avenue, Gooding Road, Station Hill, St Michael, on the same day.

According to Sergeant Theodore McClean, one of the boys had a verbal dispute with Nicholls in one section of the school but subsequently left the area. They again encountered each other near the school’s library, where the 15-year-old questioned Nicholls about why he was looking at him and whether he was a homosexual. This reportedly angered Nicholls who cuffed the younger teen in the face, and a fight ensued. They fell to the ground and Nicholls was stabbed in the stomach during the scuffle.

The other 15-year-old, armed with a piece of metal, joined the fight and struck Nicholls in the back of the head. Nicholls’ 16-year-old friend, Jaheim Roberto Holder, of Brancker’s Land, Government Hill, St Michael, then fought off the two younger boys. One of the boys tried to run away but was pursued by Nicholls who caught up with him as he was trying to enter a van. Nicholls pulled out the boy but the 15-year-old subsequently escaped.

Shakeil Ian Nicholls and Jaheim Roberto Holder

Nicholls was then informed that he was bleeding and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth for treatment.

Both 15-years-olds had nothing to say in the court today and it was their distraught mothers who spoke on their behalf. They asked for leniency for their sons, whom they described as helpful, saying they had never found themselves in such a situation before. One of the boys was not known for such behaviour while the other was recently on suspension for fighting.

Magistrate Frederick informed the two that they would be remanded until March 14 in order for the Probation Department to find out what was feeding their behaviour and to give an “assessment in how to treat you all”.

If the pre-sentencing report, which usually takes eight weeks, is not ready by the time the boys return to court, the magistrate will get a preliminary assessment to determine whether the students would stay at the facility or be released.

Meantime, Nicholls and Holder were released on $5,000 bail each after they denied causing a disturbance at their school.

Holder also pleaded not guilty to assaulting one of the younger boys, occasioning him actual bodily harm.

However, Sergeant Theodore McClean objected to bail on the basis that the incident took place on school grounds and during school hours.

“This appears to be an ongoing feud and it is feared that if granted bail these accused would reoffend or become victims themselves,” he stated.

However. Holder’s attorney Akelia Reid, while admitting that the situation was a serious one, said her client was not a violent young man and had never been before the court or the school for any infractions. She revealed that he was preparing for his CXC exams at the moment and “only got involved in the situation to protect someone else”.

Reid further submitted that conditions could be imposed to ensure the parties stay as far as possible from each other, considering that they attend the same school.

Legal counsel Rhea Layne, meanwhile, described Nicholls as a “good boy” who was a cadet for the past five years and a prefect who had “never been in trouble with the law or at school”.

“A prefect is not a position that is given lightly and is given to persons held in high esteem. He is a good boy, Sir . . . and I believe that . . . it will not be fair to him, for this one offence, . . . that he should go and sit down on remand,” the lawyer said as she revealed that Nicholls had been harmed by someone else and “had suffered multiple stab wounds”.

However, the magistrate made it clear that he was not pleased with what was “trending in Barbados” when it came to students at this time.

“Why are these things happening? . . . we need to get a firm hand to curtail these types of things. But based on your histories, you are not known for these types of things. I am not hearing that and the deputy principal said that you all are not the type of fellas that give trouble,” the magistrate said as he ruled in favour of the boys and granted them bail, to their mothers’ relief.

They return before the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on April 12. In the meantime, though, they must adhere to a
6 p.m. to 7a.m. curfew daily.

15 Responses to School trouble

  1. jrsmith February 15, 2018 at 5:52 am

    However the magistrate made it clear not being happy with the trending of students in Barbados at the present time………..
    Barbados is having a taste of what to come in our schools …
    The ghetto and boys in the hood attitude , just think monkey see monkey do, see what happen yesterday again, the 20th time this happen in schools in the US ,…………..
    Hope this never happens in Barbados , but this is up to mostly our politicians , police , courts and parents who in many ways carry the same attitudes the kids copy from…………………….

    • Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 9:03 am

      True, but only HALF the story.

      And one was a CADET for all the lot who talking about compulsory youth service.

      • Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 1:48 pm

        In the mean time the reaper will continue to overtake the ploughman.

  2. Bradg February 15, 2018 at 6:34 am

    “Both 15-years-olds had nothing to say in the court today and it was their distraught mothers who spoke on their behalf”. 90% of the time these troubled youngsters are from single parent father in their lives. Parental guidance is at the route of the problems..dont blame politicians for this one!

  3. Alex Alleyne February 15, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Too much WEED.

  4. Carson C. Cadogan February 15, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Mothers alone seem to be doing a poor job raising boys.

    Just saying!!

  5. luther thorne February 15, 2018 at 11:49 am

    The Politicians are to blame
    They are not escaping.

    Listen How
    They are in position to influence development.

    They are responsible for the creation of policy and overseeing the implementation of said policies by Public servants.

    They have a big say , which they really should not have, in who are placed in positions such as Chief Education Officer and other Heads of Department. This in turn has an effect on day to day operations and nothing good is happening in a regular way.

    We need more men in positions. Men are being marganilized in Barbados. Need more men in Offices , in Schools , in Public Service. Enough men are not heading departments in this Country. A man heads the Police- Execellent Police Force with Police Band -World class. Coast Guard Execellent. Defence Force – Execellent: Prison – Execellent – All headed by Men. Men are creative, problem solvers, productive, hard working, hardly fret and complain, have creative solutions, are usually willing to hear you out and to be professional, hardly get emotional and moody are emphatetic and hardly takes an opposing argument as a personal attack.

    We need more men who are now being undermined and marginalized and the Productivity goes up when more men are employed. Men work hard and hardly complain or miss work . Productivity goes up with men. Employ more men and see Barbados Boom. Barbados did very well when men were not marganilized. Standards were high, Public Service was the best in the World . Public service including teacher service NEED MORE MEN

    The Government of the day must take the Blame.

    • Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Luther that being said, this majority of black men also need black education on their history, spirituality, family life, and the women too. The pop down of the black man and elevation of women is the root to all the social issues of black families. And black women need to allow their men to lead. Blame these leaders, and their pan advising agencies. Oh yes and I am only dealing with black people.

    • Carson C. Cadogan February 15, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      This is the first time I agree with you.

      It would seem like you still have some use left in you.

  6. luther thorne February 15, 2018 at 11:54 am


    Only realized after posting and reading back
    No edit button on this blog BT

  7. luther thorne February 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Public Service including Teaching Service

  8. Donild Trimp February 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I agree with the Magistrate’s decision to remand the two youths to Dodds to teach them some civility.

    Being 15 years old means that this incident will be expunged from their records at the appropriate time.

    Hope they learn from this experience and put this behind them.

  9. Greengiant February 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    @luther thorne: We can finally agree on something, you are perfectly correct. Please check recent history and you will see when our key departments started to be lead by females.

    See which party was leading Barbados, when this trend began.

  10. Bajan February 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Now you are famous. Your photograph is in the Police Mug Shots, the Newspapers and on the internet forever. The US, Canada, and British governments along with many other developed countries have your photos and names. Those countries do not recognize expunging of records or pardoning of offences by other jurisdictions. They will classify you as violent offenders if found guilty, not to enter their countries unless you are one of their citizens. In your own language, you ‘F’ up your own lives. But you are young and there is always today and tomorrow. You will grow up and be a full adult. There is hope and there is a future, one which you must now fight to make worthwhile. i wish you all the best.

  11. Carson C. Cadogan February 15, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Too many women.

    And now one wants to be PM.

    Not good for Barbados.


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