There appears to be some progress being made in the case of the young student who was attacked by the mother of her classmate and alleged bully. This week the woman in question was taken into custody and subsequently released on bail. The victim’s mother, Molly Allen, has been relentless in her pursuit of justice for her 10-year-old since the incident took place on October 25. Allen is pleased that the case is finally garnering some attention from the Royal St Lucia Police Force but insists that there is still a long road ahead.
“I had to go the inspector. He just returned to work and he is the one who checked on what’s really going on. It’s all thanks to him because if I did not speak to him I wouldn’t get anywhere. Because the police had the evidence in their hands and they took too long to arrest her. I don’t know the reason why. No matter what they tell me I don’t buy it.”
Allen says that she met with Inspector Emmanuel on Monday and Tuesday and by Wednesday her daughter’s attacker had been charged. With bail set at two thousand dollars, much to Allen’s chagrin, the accused is now free. She believes a higher price should have been paid considering the pain her daughter continues to endure.
“She’s still the same way. She cannot stand up straight properly. She’s moving around but she’s still crying out with the pain and bruises on her back and so. But I’m still trying with her.”
The mother admits that her finances are dwindling but she is prepared to do whatever it takes to get her daughter to meet with an internist and orthopedist to pinpoint the cause of the tingling sensation the young girl refers to as ‘spikes’, that travels throughout her back. She is also determined to affect change in the system she believes failed her daughter.
“I am trying to get to the ministry but it seems like they don’t want to face me. But whatever it turns out to be, if I have to go to the Prime Minster or go to the Governor General to get them I will do it. Because I don’t want to speak to the chief education officer. I want to speak to the minister, Mr. Lewis, because it starts from the principal right down. Because this bullying was going on for long and the teachers and the principal did not do anything about it. And he as a minister, you have to show what you are representing. It’s not fair for parents out there struggling and trying o send their children to school and have other people’s children messing up their lives. It’s totally unfair.”
According to Allen, “This is far from over.”