Teacher injured as men attack schoolboy
A schoolboy was attacked during a field trip yesterday and a woman teacher needed hospital treatment after she stepped in to help him.
A group of CedarBridge Academy pupils were on a visit to St George’s when the incident happened about 1pm.
Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, vowed later to take action and said school security staff will escort two field trips to the Olde Towne over the next two days.
Police said pupils and teachers were entering Somers Garden when a 17-year-old was attacked by two men and suffered scratches to his neck.
The 30-year-old female teacher tried to intervene and suffered a finger injury.
She also dropped her black iPhone 8, which the robbers grabbed before they fled.
The teacher was taken in a private vehicle to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment. An initial police report on the incident said the attackers had grabbed a gold chain from the teenager.
In a later update, a spokesman explained that was not supported by “preliminary inquiries”.
Mr Rabain said: “The antisocial activities that took place against a CBA teacher and student today will not be tolerated and will not go unaddressed.
“Whether students are in the classroom or off-campus, it is their right to feel safe and secure at all times.
“The safety of our students and teachers is a top priority for the Ministry of Education and the Department of Education.
“An immediate plan of action is that members of the school’s security team will accompany students tomorrow and Friday on the remaining tours of Somers Gardens.
“However, this incident has caused the department to explore safety procedures to implement while teachers and students are on field trips.”
Mr Rabain added: “The Bermuda Police Service has our full co-operation while carrying out necessary investigations and we appeal for any witnesses to contact the police.
“My deepest regrets and heartfelt thoughts go out to the families of the teacher and student who were involved in this incident today.”
Police said one attacker was believed to be aged between 18 and 20, 5ft tall and wearing a black tracksuit.
His accomplice was about 5ft 5in and wore a green or grey tracksuit. Police have appealed for witnesses.