Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Schoolboy stabbed to death

GRIEF-Stricken: Camille Taitt, left, mother of 14-year-old Renaldo Dixon, expresses her grief yesterday. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

A fifth form pupil allegedly abandoned his Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) history exam yesterday and waited in the school's playing field for the 14-year-old pupil whom he believed had won the heart of his girlfriend.

He attacked Renaldo Dixon, a third form pupil, who was stabbed four times with a knife as he sat on a bench with his friends.

Another pupil, who tried to push away the killer, was cut on the neck.

The incident occurred during the recess break at Waterloo Secondary School, Carapichaima, at around 10.30 a.m.

Police said the 16-year-old suspect came to school with a kitchen knife.

The Express was told by a schoolmate of the dead boy: “The form five boy was supposed to write CXC history exam this morning. But he didn't come to the exam room. He stood around waiting for the form three boy. But no one knew what he was doing. Then he saw the boy sitting on a bench and went up to him. They had an argument over a girl. He then take out a knife and start stabbing him. There was blood all over the place. It was traumatising.”

Dixon, of Bagna Trace, Chase Village, Chaguanas, was pronounced dead at Freeport Health Centre.

His mother, 34-year-old Camille Taitt, said she was at home when a teacher called with the news.

“A teacher called to say my son was stabbed at school. She said to meet them at the Couva Hospital, but they didn't make it there. They reached the Freeport Health Centre. When I got there he was dead.”

Taitt said her son was stabbed twice in the back, his wrist and abdomen.

“The stab that doctors believed killed him was one in the left side of his back which is four inches deep,” she said.

Taitt said she was aware that her son was close to a female pupil, but she did not know there was an ongoing feud.

“I know he had a friend. I met her and her mother at a parents' day recently. And on Wednesday they had no school and the girl's mother called to ask if my son can come over for two hours and I said yes. They are in the same class. I believe the girl probably chose Renaldo over the boy and that caused the fight,” she said.

Taitt, a mother of four, said her son never complained of any problems at school.

Taitt pleaded for the return of corporal punishment in schools. And she suggested that pupils be scanned before entering the school compound.

“They usually searched children before allowing them to enter the school because of previous incidents, but I don't know how they missed this one. I believe they should bring back corporal punishment in schools. Look at what is happening,” she cried.

Taitt said her son, who wanted to become an architect, would have turned 15 in October.

“That means my child didn't accomplish anything in all his life. He was a loving child who would do anything for anyone,” she said.

The grieving mother advised parents to talk to their children.

“Find out what is going on in their lives. I talk to my children everyday. This boy went to school with a knife in his bag this morning to kill my child. Why did this happen? I would miss his smile and the way he would just walk in and say 'mammy'.”

The suspect, of Calcutta Road, Freeport, was being questioned by police last evening.

Dixon's body was removed to the San Fernando General Hospital's mortuary. An autopsy will be performed at the Forensic Science Centre in St James today.