The grandmother of a nine year old boy attending the Ciceron R.C Combined school has issued a warning to parents to be on guard, after the child reported that a masked individual attempted to grab him on his way home from school.
Speaking to Radio Caribbean International (RCI), the grandmother said the boy was “almost kidnapped.”.
The woman, who identified herself as Mrs.Williams-Debeauville, told the RCI Midday News edition that the boy’s mother was at home at the time.
“She heard some screaming, so she ran outside to see where the screaming was coming from because it was coming towards her house,” Williams-Debeauville explained.
“When she got outside, lo and behold, she saw the child running home, looking back and she asked what happened. He said somebody tried to grab him – actually the person had a hold of him, but he fought back and the person grabbed on to his lunch bag, but he dropped the lunch bag and he continued running home,” she told RCI News.
“He got some scratches and stuff. The person had a mask,” Williams-Debeauville stated.
She said when the mother called the police, she was asked whether the person had been apprehended to which she replied in the negative.
“So they are telling her they cannot do anything for her. Further to that, when she waited and they went to CID to make a report, the police are there asking her: “What do you want us to do?'” Williams-Debeauville said.
“I find it very strange and absurd. This involves a child – a minor at that. That response from the police wasn’t very welcoming,” the grandmother declared.
She advised parents to exercise continuous vigilance in regard to the whereabouts of their children.
The grandmother suggested that parents could encourage their children to walk in groups when heading home from school.
“Don’t walk alone because this world we live in is very crazy with all kinds of people around. You never know what could happen to your child,” she said.