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Oct 3, 2014

Protest at San Martin Government School. Was Primary School Student Raped?

The House of Representatives met in Special Session in the capital today. We’ll have full coverage of that coming up but we start with what was happening outside the House and elsewhere in Belmopan. Parliamentarians heading up to the national assembly were met by the Cayo Tour Guide Association protesting the neglect at tourism facilities and just before the House got underway there was another incident sparked by the allegation that a five year old student was sexually molested at a school. It has deeply divided a community in Belmopan so much so that a small group of parents decided to take their children out of the school until a resolution is reached. They want the school to admit that the sexual crime did occur, and they want the alleged offender punished. Concerned parents claim that the school and the Police are covering up the terrible incident. In the following story we have deliberately left out details to protect the identity of the victim. Mike Rudon has the story.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

Today, we found a small group of parents gathered together at the Pentecostal church in the community of San Martin. They have taken their children out of school, and say they will keep them out until they get justice for the terrible crime they say was visited on a five year old student. The Police have conducted a medical examination on the student and say they found no evidence of rape.

 

Patrick Menzies, Activist

Patrick Menzies

“What they’re saying is that the evidence that came back when they did the swap, didn’t provide any evidence of rape…meaning evidently, and they didn’t correct me, there is no semen or nothing to be found inside the anus of the child. However, there are so many anomalies. The doctor asked the parent when she got to the hospital, “Ma’am did you bathe this child?” The mom said no, but the funny thing was that the child had blood on his underwear, but the butt was completely clean. How could that occur? Well the child has since revealed himself, because the child has autism. Because4 the child has autism, he remembers things slowly so in the beginning all he said was there was this other five year old boy in the bathroom with him. He identified the boy’s name and his backpack. When the police came with him, he identified the actual child and he explained that they put a finger into his rear.”

 

The parents are now pointing to a thirteen year old student at the school. They say Police and the school are protecting the alleged offender, who himself is a minor.

 

Patrick Menzies

“The child at the beginning had said that it was a five year old and a five year old was present. Other kids at the school are saying that there was a big kid also present. So the kid taken in at eleven o’clock; the child tells the mom at two o’clock in the morning when he wakes and said mom he touched me here and he touch me here—point to his penis and his anus. And so the mom asks him tell me what really happened. And he said ssshhhh…it is a secret momma, it is a secret. And then he tells momma, momma it is the big boy. It is a big boy did it. So who is the big boy? He noh know, but a big boy. So now we know that the five year old was present, but there was another big boy and he was told to keep it a secret. This needs to come out and this school needs to be shut down because the thirteen year old is still at the school right now.”

 

And because that alleged sex offender is srill in school, Iris Gutierrez is saying that she and the other parents are afraid and have decided to take their children out of the school.

 

Iris Gutierrez, Parent

Iris Gutierrez

“We are out here because we need justice. We have our children in school. I think that the principal needs to do something and noh hide nothing because we are mothers and we have children unless fi she children neva hurt she when dehn born. But ih hurt us because we love our child. And she try to hide everything. We find out eight days later because they had some mothers and fathers that were calling the radios and that’s how we knew about what happened. So Tuesday morning we went to the school to find out what happen and we found out what happened. We neva know that it was a thirteen year old and till yesterday we find out and majority of the kids from the school are taking and saying everything that happen.”

 

The mother is speaking out and is taking some flak for it. We’ve taken steps to protect her identity, but she herself has made her petition for justice loud and clear.

 

Mother of Victim

“From the first time I do it, I sit down home and I ask myself that same question. But I say if I sit down home and ten years later they tell my son dehn rape you and my son will ask me mommy why you noh wah fight for me. Yes I am concern. I want justice. I know that everybody wah know my kid and know me and he is already getting bad treatment from the community; I cannot even ker him dah shop. Ih can’t come to school. (Crying)”

 

Her tale is chilling and terribly disturbing. The child is autistic, but over the past week has related the story of what happened to him.

 

Mother of victim

“He seh he was in the bathroom. They pulled his pants down and in his private dehn mi di put it to the back then dehn do what they do. And when he get to the bathroom, he was crying and the teacher pulled down his pants and his underwear was full with blood. From that day I can’t sleep. I noh sleep and I just sit down pan the bed and I see one o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock. I can’t eat.”

 

The devastated, heartbroken mother says that it is a teacher who took her son home and made him shower. She and the parents assembled today are demanding the shutdown of the school, and action from the Police. Mike Rudon for News Five.

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1 Response for “Protest at San Martin Government School. Was Primary School Student Raped?”

  1. ROSE says:

    I am proud of you Patrick for standing up……If i was there I would be there with you.

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