POLICE are currently investigating an incident at the Houston Secondary School involving a teacher, a parent, and her 17-year-old son, who is a student of the school.
According to a police press release, the teacher, Kimone Gentle, 43, claimed that at approximately 10:30 hours on Thursday, she was sitting in an office when Keola Stanton, 43, of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, and her son entered the compound.
“The teacher reportedly approached the woman and enquired about her relationship with the student, when the woman allegedly responded in a loud tone saying, ‘I am his mother.’ The teacher asked the parent to lower her voice, since exams were ongoing in the various classrooms,” the release said.
According to the police, the parent in response said: “All ayo teachers got a problem with meh child, and I gon teach you something today.”
At that point, the teacher alleged that the parent took out her phone, approached, and began videoing her.
The teacher claimed that she asked the parent twice to remove the phone from her face but she did not. She was also allegedly behaving in an aggressive manner.
“The parent’s hand hit the teacher’s reading glasses, which fell to the ground,” the police said before detailing the parent’s version of events.
The parent told investigators that on the said date, she visited the school with her son to meet with the school’s principal concerning an incident that her child was involved in.
“The woman further claimed that while waiting to see the HM, the 43-year-old teacher enquired about her relationship with the student and [she] told the teacher that she was the student’s mother. The parent said the teacher began complaining about her son’s attitude and conduct in school.
The parent claimed that she replied to Ms. Gentle by saying: ‘All ayo advantaging my son’, when it is alleged that the teacher abused her with a series of expletives.
The woman further told police she then pulled out her cell phone and began recording the teacher’s conduct towards her, during which the teacher approached her and hit the phone out of her hands, causing it to be damaged.
As a result, an argument ensued between the parent and the teacher, which turned into a scuffle,” the police said.
The release added that during the scuffle, “the teacher allegedly picked up a chair and dealt the parent several lashes about her body, causing her to lose balance and fall to the ground, receiving injuries to her body.”
On seeing this, the 17-year-old male student reportedly went to his mother’s aid, and was also allegedly assaulted by the teacher.
“Other teachers parted the commotion, and the school’s security escorted the parent and her son out of the compound. The teacher armed herself with a cutlass and charged behind the parent and her son, but was calmed by other school teachers,” the release said.
The teacher and parent were both arrested and taken to the Ruimveldt Police Station, but were subsequently released.