School Community Plunged into Mourning after Freak Accident Claims Child’s Life

The father of an 8-year-old student who was mowed down in what appears to be a freak accident on Tuesday says he’s baffled and numb.

Police say the Grade Two student of Anchovy Primary School in St. James– Easton Stapleton– was hit and killed by a female teacher’s car on the school compound as classes dismissed Tuesday afternoon.

The Constabulary’s Territorial Officer for St. James, Deputy Superintendent Angela McIntosh Gayle, says the accident happened while the teacher was reversing her vehicle.

Deputy Superintendent Gayle says the Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

It’s understood the accident resulted in the destruction of a wall on the school compound.

A vendor was also reportedly injured in the crash.

The child’s father, Easton Stapleton Senior, says he’s confused and can’t piece together the series of events which resulted in the death of his child.

And, acting Principal of the school, Cheryl Grant-Mitchell, says the teacher and the entire school are shaken up by the incident.

She says the school remains in a state of mourning.

Teams from the Education Ministry, the Peace Management Initiative and the Police are providing counselling.

In the meantime, Education Minister, Ruel Reid, is extending sympathies to the family members and schoolmates of young Easton.

In a statement to the media yesterday, Minister Reid confirmed that the Ministry’s trauma team is conducting grief counselling sessions with members of the school community.


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