Court scolds an­gry mum

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

Two days into the start of the new term, a mother who felt her son was be­ing bul­lied stormed into his class and cuffed the nine-year-old bully on his head.

But Shamika Chanez Latisha Prescod’s ac­tions were con­demned by Mag­is­trate Kristie Cuffy-sargeant, who urged par­ents not to take mat­ters into their own hands when they felt their chil­dren were be­ing bul­lied.

“If you be­lieve your child is hav­ing is­sues at school – the warn­ing is to not take mat­ters into your own hands, but to re­port the mat­ter to the prin­ci­pal, re­port the mat­ter to the Child Care Board, re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice or any an­other agency that can as­sist in bring­ing some sort or res­o­lu­tion to the mat­ter,” the mag­is­trate said.

Prescod, a 26-year-old cashier and mother of four, of Ren­dezvous Main Road, Christ Church, ad­mit­ted to the District “A” Mag­is­trates’ Court that she caused a dis­tur­bance at Bel­mont Pri­mary School on Septem­ber 12; that she as­saulted a nine-year-old stu­dent oc­ca­sion­ing him ac­tual bod­ily harm and that she dam­aged the boy’s shirt on the same date.

The cry­ing mother said the bul­ly­ing of her son had been go­ing on since the last school year.

“On the sec­ond day of the term my nine-yearold son came home from school at min­utes to six, frighten for (the boy) and I couldn’t take it any­more,” she cried.

“I tried to deal with it,” the mother said, adding her son had re­cently been trans­ferred be­cause of is­sues there and that he was very “timid”.

“I am fear­ful that at some point he will run my child un­der a bus,” the mother added.

She ad­mit­ted that while she had spo­ken to the prin­ci­pal she did not speak to of­fi­cials at the Child Care Board.

The mag­is­trate pointed to the dis­par­ity in their ages say­ing a nine-year-old could not de­fend him­self against her.

Re­as­sur­ance

“When we leave our chil­dren at school or at the nurs­ery we leave our chil­dren with feel­ings of re­as­sur­ance that the chil­dren will be safe . . . . We are only into the fourth day of the school year and you have found your­self in a predica­ment where you took mat­ters into your own hands and I don’t know if you can find any jus­ti­fi­able rea­son, as an adult, for strik­ing the young child.”

The mag­is­trate re­leased Prescod on $10 000 bail, warned her to stay away from the boy and asked that the boy’s par­ents be in court on Mon­day.

Prose­cu­tor Sergeant Ed­win Pin­der said the two Class Three boys had a his­tory of fights.

On Tues­day, Prescod’s son kicked the com­plainant and the com­plainant re­tal­i­ated by hold­ing onto Prescod’s son’s mouth.

(HLE)

Shamika Chanez Prescod

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