Judge orders child to attend online class
An eighth-grade student attended her online classes for the first time in months yesterday following intervention from a parish court judge.
The child's father was answering to charges of assault occasioning actually bodily harm and child abuse when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague became visibly upset when the child's mother shared that her daughter has not been attending virtual classes since March. The court heard that the child lives with her maternal grandmother, who works during the day.
"So she's at home with her uncle but he goes to school as well. Sometimes all 12 a.m. or 2 a.m. she just a go bed, that's what I heard," the mother said. An angry Cole-Montague said "that is what happen when pickney run yard".
"You want me take you away from your parents? You want me to put you in a home? Because that looks like that is going to happen," she told the child. The judge then ordered the parents to accompany their child with the court clerk to a quiet room on the building for the child to attend her online classes. She also instructed the child to report to her after she finished court.
After her classes, the child returned to the courtroom, told the judge how they went and said that she wants to be a paediatrician. The judge urged her to take school seriously, and focus on achieving high passes in science subjects. The family is expected to return to court on June 24.