Four teens have been taken into custody by police following the stabbing death of a school boy in St Mary Monday. The Minister of Education has condemned the stabbing death of the student and the wounding of another from Bog Walk High School, St Catherine, Monday (May 14).
No details have been given about the boys detained Tuesday.
At the same time, a trauma team from the Ministry of Education has provided counseling for the school community, following the stabbing death. The team visited the school Monday afternoon and returned there today (Tuesday).
Dead is 16-year-old Kevaughn Barnes. His schoolmate, 17-year old Ishmael Richards was also stabbed and is recuperating.
Reports are that the boys were walking along the main road in Bog Walk when they were accosted by other boys with whom they have had a longstanding dispute. The boys attacked and stabbed Kevaughn and Ishmael. They were taken to hospital where Kevaugh was pronounced dead and Ishmael admitted.
Reports are that the dispute is gang related.
Principal of Bog Walk High, Patrick Phillips says the death of the student has greatly impacted the school, especially Kevaughn’s identical twin brother who is also a student at the institution.
For his part, Education, Youth and Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid condemned the incident that led to the attack. He said the “death could have been avoided if conflict resolution was the norm in the society and in schools.”