14-y-o pleads guilty
THE 14-year-old student of the Cedric Titus Comprehensive High School in Trelawny, who was arrested and charged with wounding after he allegedly stabbed a Cuban teacher in the back last month, will know his fate on April 17.
The student pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared in the Trelawny Juvenile Court on Tuesday but sentencing was delayed until a probation report is presented to the courts.
In the meanwhile, the student’s bail has been increased from $20,000 to $50,000.
Allegations are that at about 11:30 am on Tuesday, February 20, mathematics teacher Mario Gututierrez, 33, was conducting a class with Grade 9 students when the students began to ridicule him about his inability to speak English fluently.
He reportedly reprimanded the students and an argument developed between them and one of the students was asked to leave the classroom.
According to the police, the student later attacked the teacher, stabbing him in the back with a blunt instrument. The teacher was taken to the doctor for treatment.
The student reportedly fled the scene but was apprehended by the police two days later and slapped with the wounding charge.
Meanwhile, sources told the Observer that the student has not returned to the Cedric Titus Comprehensive High School since the stabbing incident. According to a teacher at the school, who did not want to be named, the student was suspended for 10 days as a result of the incident.
According to the teacher, the student has not reported to classes although the suspension period ended more than three weeks ago.