Sexual assault probe at BB Coke High

JUNCTION, St Elizabeth — One month after a schoolboy was allegedly beaten by an older boy, causing widespread debate, an investigation has been launched into an alleged case of sexual assault of a 14-year-old schoolgirl by an older student at BB Coke High School on Tuesday.

A senior school official confirmed that the police have been called in to probe the matter.

“I am aware, however the matter is being investigated so I can’t comment on it but I was made aware of the alleged incident. The matter is being investigated. I cannot comment on it at the moment,” the source said.

The Jamaica Observer was told by a reliable source that the grade nine schoolgirl was reportedly sexually assaulted in a bathroom on the school compound sometime on Tuesday, allegedly by a grade 11 boy.

There were reportedly concerns as to how the matter is being treated by the police and health officials.

Head of the St Elizabeth police Superintendent Coleridge Minto confirmed that the police are investigating the incident.

“I am aware. The matter is still under investigation. I did not have all the facts to comment at this time,” he said on Thursday.

The incident follows last month’s brutal beating of a 14-year-old boy at the school, allegedly by a 15-year-old boy. The September 28 incident resulted in the younger student being hospitalised for a week after he was beaten unconscious allegedly by the grade 11 student for stepping on a shoe. A group of boys had to lift the then-injured child and walked 530 metres from the school through the busy town of Junction to a doctor’s office.