Trinidad: 3 students in court for fighting at school

THREE students, one of whom had a knife in his hands during a fight at the Pleasantville Secondary School on Wednesday, appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate yesterday, charged with two offences which arose from that incident.

The students appeared before Fourth Court Magistrate Margaret Alert, charged with disturbing the peace by fighting.

One of the boys was slapped with an additional charge of possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, namely to wound.

The Form Four students, all aged 15, pleaded guilty to the charges laid by WPC Allum of the Mon Repos Police Station.

Court prosecutor Sgt Krishna Bedassie said that at about 12.24 pm on Wednesday, the male students were seen kicking, cuffing and pulling at each other’s school shirt on the compound of the Pleasantville Secondary School.

During the fight, one of the students was seen swinging a switch blade at the other students.

A Dean at the school intervened and stopped the fight.

The court heard that the boy’s parents as well as police, were contacted.

When police officers enquired from the student, who had the knife, he responded: “Miss, I had that for my protection.” WPC Allum subsequently charged all of the students.

Yesterday, Magistrate Alert ordered probation reports for each of the schoolboys and adjourned the case to March 18.

Newsday was told that the students were each granted bail while at the police station and this was not varied by the courts.