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June 16, 2014
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Student attackers readmitted to school
DEON P GREEN, STAR WRITER

The two boys at the centre of an alleged mob attack on an industrial arts teacher at St Thomas Technical High School recently, have been readmitted to classes under strict measures.

This follows a scheduled meeting at the school with the boys, their parents, the teacher and the school's administration. Efforts by The Starto get details of the meeting were futile, however, an informed source said the boys were reinstated as the industrial arts teacher did not show up for the meeting resulting in little deliberation on the alleged mob attack. The source said that based on a principle that students cannot be suspended for more than 10 days unless further action is deemed necessary, the boys had to be reinstated.

The meeting was held after all parties submitted reports on the confrontation. The boys denied the attack with one stating that he was separating his friend and the teacher. The other boy claimed that he acted in self defence as it was the teacher who first attacked him

Its understood that the boys have been ordered to adhere strictly to the school's rules as well as other undisclosed measures as conditions of their reinstatement while another meeting is arranged. The boys were suspended indefinitely after teachers staged a sit-in to protest against the alleged attack and other behavioural problems.

Officials from the Ministry of Education met with the teachers after their protest and told them that a dean of discipline would be provided in September. The school was instructed to do more stringent background checks on students, as well as to provide thorough documentation of incidents among students, as well as teachers and students.

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