The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has sent a trauma team to Bog Walk High School in St. Catherine following the stabbing death of one of the students, 16 year old Kevaughn Barnes.
The trauma team which was dispatched on Monday afternoon returned to the school Tuesday morning to continue grief counseling sessions with the staff and students.
Police reports are that Kevaughn and his school mate 17-year old Ishmael Richards were walking along the main thoroughfare in Bog Walk when they were accosted by a group of teenage boys from the community with whom they had a long standing dispute. One of the boys brandished a knife which he used to stab Kevaughn and Ishmael.
Both were assisted to the Linstead Hospital where Kevaughn was pronounced dead. Ishmael has been admitted.
Principal of Bog Walk High, Patrick Phillips says Kevaughn was in the Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education (APSE) programme and was actively involved in class activities.
Mr. Phillips says his death has greatly impacted the school especially his identical twin brother who is also a student at the institution.
Education, Youth and Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid has denounced the killing of the teen.
“Once again one of our young people has become the victim of violence. This death could have been avoided if conflict resolution was the norm in our society and schools. I want to urge our young people to find better and non-violent ways of settling disagreements, it is not worth your future and your life. To the family of Kevaughn and the school community of Bog Walk High, I am so sorry for your loss and the Ministry will continue to offer support through our trauma team, I also pray that the injured student Ishmael will make a full recovery.”