Court scolds angry mum
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.
“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.
Shamika Chanez Prescod