Sup Travellers?! Last Wednesday, a 16 year old girl was repeatedly punched in her face and beaten by a gang of girls at Cunupia Secondary School in Trinidad. Ever since then the girl has been traumatized and too scared to go back to school after receiving death threats from her assailants. The definite reason for the beating is still unknown but Sapphire Douglas, the girl beaten, says that it was because she turned down "advances" that one of the girls was making since she was in Form one. She's currently in Form four and her attackers are all in form five.
I'm not sure what exactly the word "advances" mean in this context but it sounds like there was some lesbian action in the school [I'm assuming, I could be wrong]. According to Sapphire, shortly before 3 pm last Wednesday, she went to a shop at the school when the female student, who at the time was beating up a male student, rushed toward her, grabbed her by the neck and started to choke her.
“While she kept cuffing me in my right eye and threatening to kill me, other students joined her and they too began to cuff me. I get blows all in my ribs and back. I screamed for help and begged them to leave me alone. But I was beaten up for close to ten minutes,” Sapphire told Newsday.
Sapphire said she managed to escape from her attackers and ran towards a maxi taxi, but the students followed her and dragged her out of the vehicle and again, began to beat her up. The female students, Sapphire said, threatened to kill her if she ever returned to the school.
“When I felt as though I was going to faint. I don’t know where I got the strength from, but I ran towards another maxi and asked the driver to take me to the Cunupia Police Station. When I reached the station I contacted my mother who came to the station shortly after.” Sapphire said.
Sapphire claims that the police have all the information and evidence to make an arrest but have yet to take any action. Despite the fact that she wants to go back to school, she remains at home until the students involved in her brutal beating face the full blunt of the law. “All I want is to complete my education. I am not interested in unlawful things. I just want to become a certified chef and make something of myself,” Sapphire said. Her father said that this was not the first time that she was attacked.
Usually when a gang of girls beat up a girl it usually has something to do with a man. But when I read that the reason for the assault was because she denied "advances" by the girl, I was a bit taken aback. I had no idea that sort of things happened at schools in Trinidad. I have no idea what exactly she meant by advances but I hope it's not what I think it is because that means that girls these days are getting more violent than boys in school. Guys don't even beat up girls when they turn them down. This is not a good sign...Not a good sign at all. I guess that more light will be shed on the situation as time goes on but until then don't forget that my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.