Two students at C.V. Bethel Senior High School were stabbed yesterday morning during an altercation, according to Inspector Leonardo Burrows.
“Sometime shortly 11 a.m., police were called to a school on East Street South off of Cowpen Road where there [were] reports of a group of boys fighting,” Burrows said.
“One of the boys pulled out a sharp object and stabbed a 14 and 16-year-old about the body.
“The victims were transported to hospital where the 16-year-old is listed in stable condition while the 14-year-old is listed in serious but stable condition.”
Asked if the incident was gang-related, Burrows said that he was unable to say at the time, however, a 15-year-old boy is in custody.
The school was immediately placed on lockdown following the incident and was later dismissed at 2 p.m., according to Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) Area Vice President for New Providence Vernon Rodgers.
“…The school is now petitioning for a senior master and more security guards on the compound,” he said outside the school.
Chrysalis Allwood, 33, a parent of a 12th grader at the school, said the ministry should do more to protect the students.
“How much incidents already happened at C.V. Bethel, regarding knives and whatever other weapons that they’re not supposed to bring in the school?” she said.
“They have a search every morning, according to my son, but incidents still happen.
“As something happens, they mellow it down and they sweep it under the rug. You don’t hear about it.”
Allwood added that the back road, leading from the police station to the school, is a major concern among parents as she has heard reports of students skipping classes.
She also urged the school’s administrators to monitor that area.