Jamaica Crime News, St James: Vendors who sell outside the compound of the Anchovy Primary School in Anchovy, St James, say they are greatly affected by the incident which claimed the life of a 9-year-old male student at the school compound on Tuesday, June 12.
One female vendor who is fondly known as “Nurse” stated that, when the vehicle crashed through the perimeter wall, they all thought it was an earthquake. She further stated that they panicked and ran, that was when they saw another vendor covered in blood from the debris of the wall.
The vendor went on to say they were shocked when they realized that it was an accident and it had claimed the life of the 9-year-old boy. The vendors mentioned that, they are familiar with the child and they are all much traumatized over his death.
When our news team revisited the scene on Wednesday morning, the entire school population were traumatized and had to be counseled by a team from the Police, Peace Management Initiative (PMI) and the Ministry of Education.
9-year-old Easton Stapleton, grade two student of Adam Piece in Ramble, Hanover, lost his life in a freak accident which occurred on the school compound shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Young Easton was standing close to the perimeter wall on the school compound when a female teacher who was about to drive home was in the process of reversing, when she lost control of her vehicle which sped backward and crushed the 9-year-old student.
The impact of the crash resulted in two huge holes been formed in the wall and the debris from the crash flew in the air and injured a vendor who was standing close by
The wounded child and the vendor were both rushed to hospital where Easton was pronounced dead and the vendor treated and admitted. The Ministry of Education Counseling team comforted the teachers and classmates of the dead student.
By Henry Bucknor