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Male teacher accused of physically abusing female schoolchild

- matter allegedly took place in December 2015 @ Ebenezer Thomas Primary School
According to reports, a Grade 6 student of the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cows Bay was allegedly physically abused by a male teacher at the school back in December 2015. Photo: VINO/File
According to Kishmet B. Daniel, her daughter was roughed up, ‘chucked’, and given lashes by the male teacher after she slammed shut a microwave door. Photo: VINO/File
According to Kishmet B. Daniel, her daughter was roughed up, ‘chucked’, and given lashes by the male teacher after she slammed shut a microwave door. Photo: VINO/File
Principal Sybil S. Hodge (left) said neither she nor Mr Author Titley were going to comment on the matter as it was now in the hands of a truancy officer. Efforts to get a response from Acting Chief Education Officer Jillian Douglas-Phillip (right) were unsuccessful. Photo: VINO/File
Principal Sybil S. Hodge (left) said neither she nor Mr Author Titley were going to comment on the matter as it was now in the hands of a truancy officer. Efforts to get a response from Acting Chief Education Officer Jillian Douglas-Phillip (right) were unsuccessful. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The mother of a Grade 6 student of the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cows Bay has approached this news site alleging that her daughter was physically abused by a male teacher at the school back in December 2015.

According to Kishmet B. Daniel, her daughter was roughed up, ‘chucked’, and given lashes by the male teacher after she slammed shut a microwave door.

The mother is so far not satisfied that the school and the Ministry of Education have done enough to address her matter or to prevent another such alleged occurrence of physical abuse by the same teacher at the school.

Efforts to reach the accused teacher, Mr Arthur Titley, were futile and when this news site visited the school, Principal Sybil S. Hodge said neither she nor Mr Titley were going to comment on the matter as it was now in the hands of a truancy officer.

The allegations

According to Daniel, the child had related to her that she had warmed up her food in a microwave during lunch period and after having difficulty trying to close the microwave door she slammed it shut.

One of the teachers then called Mr Titley who allegedly approached the child when she was sitting having her lunch.

Mr Titley, alleged Ms Daniel, held her child by the face, lifted her off the ground and then "chucked her." She was then given six “hard” lashes in her left hand.

“The child said he was bawling out to her ‘you feel you is a woman.’”

Daniel alleged that the child’s hands were swollen from the lashes, however, she did not take the child to hospital or take any photos of the swollen hand.

“It was red and it was swollen,” Daniel said.

Matter reaches Min. of Education

The matter was reported to the Ministry of Education the same day by Ms Daniel, who said she was encouraged to write to the Acting Chief Education Officer, Mrs Jillian Douglas-Phillip, explaining what transpired at the school. This she reportedly did.

Daniel further said officials at the Education Ministry proceeded to call Principal Hodge who was reportedly unaware of the matter at the time as she was not in school.

According to Ms Daniel, her daughter’s story was corroborated by her son who happens to be in the same class with his sister.

“The same story that my daughter told me, the same story my son told me.”

Consistent story

Virgin Islands News Online also spoke to the daughter whose story was consistent with what Ms Daniel related.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach Truancy Officer Mr Mackenzie Baltimore Sr, who is allegedly handling the matter, were futile.

Daniel said she also visited the school but there was no resolve to the matter as it ended up in a heated exchange of words between her and Mr Titley after he (Mr Titley) alleged spoke roughly to her.

Daniel also visited Family Support Network (FSN) but was reportedly encouraged to lodge a police report. She said the police told her she has to report the matter to the Ministry of Education who will have to forward it to the police.

“I reported this matter since December and it was never forwarded to the police.”

Meanwhile, Ms Daniel is hoping that the Ministry of Education will deal with the matter accordingly so that no other child at the school may have to suffer any abuse.

“The Ministry needs to stop sweeping things under the rug,” Ms Daniel said.

The child continues to attend the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School.

Acting Education CEO, Ms Douglas-Phillip did not respond to our queries. Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn and his Permanent  Secretary Dr Marcia Potter also could not be reached up to publication time.

70 Responses to “Male teacher accused of physically abusing female schoolchild”

  • school children (19/05/2016, 11:00) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sah look melee
  • Come on (19/05/2016, 11:01) Like (41) Dislike (4) Reply
    Tell the whole story.
  • Iris (19/05/2016, 11:10) Like (57) Dislike (6) Reply
    While I don't condone physical abuse, I personally feel there is more to the story.
  • two times (19/05/2016, 11:11) Like (13) Dislike (27) Reply
    Isn't this the same teacher that attacked another teacher, Ms. Bryanna Robles at that same institution?
    • please (19/05/2016, 14:25) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
      When I see her TEACHING DEGREE THEN WE CAN CALL HER A TEACHER smh the nerves!
  • Money Hungry (19/05/2016, 11:21) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
    She wants $$$
    • @ money hungry (19/05/2016, 20:46) Like (18) Dislike (19) Reply
      i dont want no money money can deal wirth my daughter scars he had no call putting his hands on my child cause he has daughters too i want justice justice justice
      • Guest (20/05/2016, 11:45) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
        lmao lol this woman sound crazy
      • song (20/05/2016, 15:14) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
        Mother of the girl, people want to believe you but, something is not adding up. You should have taken you child to see a doctor or the emergency room and took pictures of her hands. (Sorry).
    • @money hungry (20/05/2016, 12:22) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      and like to see and hear herself on the radio
  • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (19/05/2016, 11:44) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Something is definitely missing here and with the help of VINO, the light can be shed. Hopefully the full story will come and the proper procedures are practiced.
  • Third Eye (19/05/2016, 11:54) Like (43) Dislike (3) Reply
    Something seems to be missing from this story. Why the only persons corroborating this incident are related to this child? What about the other students in the class? Did they witness the events that occurred in the same manner as told by the child and her mother? If the child's hand was so swollen why did she not seek medical attention or even take a picture as evidence to support her claims? Just food for thought. There are always two sides to a story and the truth is somewhere in between.
    • that's a fact (19/05/2016, 13:09) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
      Nothing is missing he apologize to the child
      • Liat 521 (19/05/2016, 16:03) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
        That male teacher needs a few anger management classes
        • the rock (20/05/2016, 11:18) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
          he will get it from one of those children father one day, just wait and see, time longer than twine!
    • Yep (19/05/2016, 13:15) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Amen well said
    • Iris (19/05/2016, 14:21) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Third Eye, I completely agree with your comment; Especially the part about seeking medical attention or taking a picture as evidence to support her claims.
    • Shame on u (19/05/2016, 14:50) Like (11) Dislike (17) Reply
      The other side to the story is the ministry trying to cover it up
    • Believe that (19/05/2016, 15:14) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly, something about this story is not adding up. I agree about the medical part. If it was my child, I would have taken pictures and see a doctor. Everyone have a cell phone with built in camera.
    • @third eye (20/05/2016, 08:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      A story has three sides your side, my side and the true side. However you are correct there is more to the story. While mom didn't take photo or seek medical help sometimes we don't think on those things because we feel that we can take care of the child issue for our self. Something is not adding up
  • Mighty S (19/05/2016, 11:59) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Whats the big deal you have teachers who was accused of rape teaching
  • 100 (19/05/2016, 12:06) Like (41) Dislike (10) Reply
    EVERY PARENT thinks their child is a angel.. it will never change.
    But that story one sided. held by face? lift off ground? A blind man could see that.
  • Hmmmmm (19/05/2016, 14:35) Like (46) Dislike (16) Reply
    Why Ms. Daniel can't tell us that her Husband went into the same class of Mr. Titley and told the students to get the HELL OUT before he turn them up... Talk that now Kishmet!!!!!
  • Guest! (19/05/2016, 14:39) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply

    There is more to this story.

  • Phonemial woman (19/05/2016, 14:57) Like (14) Dislike (41) Reply
    Third eye u sound dumb I am familiar with the story's the truth and the other students had an input that's y he apologized and he is not teachin the class right now ...I totally agree with the mother we need more mothers like her is not in the education act to beat people's children ....he needs to be disciplined .this is not the first time .I always admire see in this woman with her children .......she is strong and brave
    • nonsense (19/05/2016, 15:47) Like (77) Dislike (14) Reply
      Since when getting licks from Teacher is abuse? We let these kids get away with everything and then blame the Devil or the Government when they go astray? When I went school we got a good cut ass when we messed up and while that's not the only answer, it damn well helped in shaping us. Now the kids feel they can call Mom or Dad when Teacher speak to them, what kind of society is this? We are raising a bunch of lazy, illiterate criminals and then forcing companies to hire them because they are from here. Keep up the ignorance and the only thing we will be building around here are more prisons and high fences instead of schools, hospitals and sports facilities to nurture our youth. Parents are failing these kids by promoting and supporting ignorance and in this crazy place, trying to bring your kids up the right way is considered pretending to be 'white' or 'proper'.
      • True (19/05/2016, 21:30) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
        @nonsense, that is so true. When I went to school if you act stupid the teacher use to make you open your hand and hit you a few lashes in your hand with the ruler. These days if a teacher look at a student or try to correct a student, the parent is ready to fight or curse out the teacher. I have a 12 year old girl and I told her if she ever disrespect her teacher I am going to go to the school and give her a good flogging in front of the class.
      • FEDUPWITHTHEIGNORANCE (22/05/2016, 00:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        People are thinking about when they were a child and got licks from teachers and Principals and comparing to now! Stop the nonsense. The law has changed long time!!! No teacher has the right to push around or hit the students and if you doubt that read the Education Act! The Ministry needs to take action against any teacher that breaks the rules otherwise why have an Education Act? Just to say you have one? It clearly states the teacher should be fined and disciplined and here you have people blogging about more to the story and clicking like? What is there to like? If a child acts up the Principal and parents should be notified and the disciplinary action decided in accordance with the nature of the misconduct, The schools from Tortola to Anegada to VG have gone mad and so has the Education department!!
    • Each one Teach one (19/05/2016, 17:12) Like (41) Dislike (2) Reply
      Umm do you even know why he isn't teaching the class anymore? No? Then have a seat and wait on the truth to come out. The public believes that teachers are standing in front of silent, well behaved and cultured children when in fact teachers have the most stress to TRY and HELP raise the Devils. I do not side physical abuse however, this is FAR from abuse and the truth will come out when it needs to. People who don't know have the most to talk. Teachers have rights just like the parents and students.
  • may God Help (19/05/2016, 15:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    well sah May God Helpg these people
  • myrun (19/05/2016, 16:01) Like (7) Dislike (18) Reply
    They remove titley from teaching class five now he teaching class 2
  • ... (19/05/2016, 17:02) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    It isn't the first of this kind that the Ministry know about and wouldn't be the last. It happens all the time at different schools.
  • Really? (19/05/2016, 17:15) Like (21) Dislike (17) Reply
    There are way more important things this site could be talking about. How about the multiple instances of bullying at ESHS? let's find something worth reporting please.
  • @ Really (19/05/2016, 18:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well we tire heading about all the money m n m thief and the boys n girls they harass
  • wize up (19/05/2016, 18:11) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    had he been from down island..........
  • mom (19/05/2016, 19:15) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Story doesnt really add up i'm 23 year old mom of one and best believe i kno how my daughter can be and its not easy i kno she gets disciplinea school but not abuse when i was growing up and attending school i use to get corrected and i personally dont think its abuse i called it disciplinary , the story can be tru cause kids in these present days are'nt afraid to say what has happen to them
  • Nonsense.. (19/05/2016, 21:45) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    What's so difficult in closing a microwave door. These children lacking home training. They want to do abroad the bad things they do a yard...Charge the mother for the microwave if the slamming of the door mash it up...
    • Make sense nonsense (19/05/2016, 23:05) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
      Nonsense u ain't making. No sense he should be charge for abusing the e child iis the parents who put together to purchase the microwave
      • @make sense (20/05/2016, 06:23) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        Some teachers personally buy those microwave and put in their classroom but it's not even about the microwave
    • wize up (20/05/2016, 02:33) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ nonsense: let BVI Airways buy back the microwave; whats a microwave from 7 million of your tax money; even better let education buy it back over a million dollars for a wall and you hear harping about a 30 dollar microwave
      • @ wize up (20/05/2016, 07:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        you would NOT get a dime out of that Million dollar wall that's for my reelection bossie
        • wize up (20/05/2016, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          @@ wize up: listen bossie you need to learn how to share BUT i cant VOTE so keep my share!!!!
    • NOT (20/05/2016, 14:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you slam a microwave door it is not going to break it. I have my microwave for the past 3 years and my husband is always slamming the door blam, blam, every time he use it. So far it did not break.
  • fat cat (19/05/2016, 23:54) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Kishmet, Titley all a them wid OJ. I bet if it was when she was wid Fraser she would have him up in the school and in the ministry working on it.. Why she don't go to OJ.. Let her teak that.
    • kishmet (20/05/2016, 07:19) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
      Whether i with oj or fraser it dont gave nobody. No right to put their hands on my child.
  • pop (20/05/2016, 04:16) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
    The education ordinance does not allow any kind of physical discipline of children. If what the mother say is the truth then this is a criminal act. There is no law on he books that allow or protect any teacher that engage in such action. If that is a problem with some of us then we should take it up our lawmakers. The mother can sue the Ministry of Education and the teacher. Physical violence against anyone is not an effective method of teaching rather it's more a failure.
    • wize up (20/05/2016, 06:25) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ pop: you right; as a matter of fact it is criminal offence to assault another person....take the matter to court
  • @myrun (20/05/2016, 06:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sounds like u so sure they removed him who is they and if THEY remove him and he teaching class 2 where is the class 2 teacher students smh always so quick to come and comment things that are not true
  • Who the Cap Fit (20/05/2016, 06:42) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    NO BEATING IS ALLOWED IN SCHOOL. There are other ways to decipline a child. For instance take the child to the principal so she could find out what really happened regarding the microwave and speak to the child. Then if necessary the parent should have been called in to the school; or given detention or writing lines etc be the form of punishment; or the principal using sound judgement may have determined that no punishment was warranted.

    He obviously is the "beater" for the school since it's another teacher who reported the incident to him and he dealt with the child in that manner. This pattern of behaviour is quite familiar to some of us with school-aged children. This type of behaviour from a male teacher is happening at another school too where some teachers report incidents to him and he is the "beater" for that school.
  • Reef (20/05/2016, 07:19) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    this is sad however you put it! I want to see what the ball head man going doing about this!
  • SMH (20/05/2016, 07:31) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    dem teachers who have not gone away for training should be better manage
  • enough (20/05/2016, 11:19) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am sick of the education system in this place from preschool to high school. The minister in charge has no experience to make the decisions we need him to make. We need a minister with a PhD in education holding this post. There is abuse in most daycares, preschools, primary school and high schools in this territory. It is against the law. And parents you need to report the matter so that some of these centers can be fined or loose their license, or even fire the employees. There is never any urgency to handle things here unless its an election year. I cant understand why its taking so long for Kishmet to get her matter resolved. If l was a lawyer I would take her case just for the hell of it, and she would not have to pay me! The ball is in your court NDP can you make the basket?
  • Woooow (20/05/2016, 12:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    My husband had to go to the school. Because had swell up our daughter hand. I took both of our children out and put them in pelicans gate

  • SB (20/05/2016, 12:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Man this a hard one cause even if i knew my child was disgusting if the report of the altercation was this exact report? I would flip i believe most parents would BECAUSE the #1 skill set needed when decided to be a teacher is PATIENCE.
  • Grandma (20/05/2016, 14:41) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    @The Rock, you are condoning violence. If the fathers attack or hurt that teacher or any other teacher, they are going to be arrested. I don't know the full story but teachers is getting a bad rap these days. Hell, you could not pay me a million dollars a week to be a teacher.
    • Really??!! (20/05/2016, 15:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol. that was funny. Not even "a million dollars a week". I don't think I would want to be a teacher for that amount of money for a week either. My daughter is entering primary school in September and I am praying for her in every situation. I'm praying she wouldn't make life difficult for her peers and teachers as well as they don't make life difficult for her.
    • lmao (20/05/2016, 17:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Grandma, funny but I understand where you are coming from. These days it is very hard and stressful to be a teacher. Most parents think the school is a babysitting service. What the parents need to do is tell their children that school is a learning institution. Some kids disrupt the class making it bad for the students who want to learn, texting, no respect for their peers or teacher. Then when the teacher say something, they want to sass the teacher. Then the kids parents want to rush up in the school and curse out the teacher for their children bad behavior.
  • Hmm (21/05/2016, 09:46) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don't have kids yet but, A TEACHER MUST CALL THE STUDENT'S PARENTS BEFORE BEATING THEIR A$s for petty sh!t.
  • @hmmmm (21/05/2016, 18:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree.... but wat can a teacher do when they constantly have to call in the parent 4 that same child 4 the same behavior and even worst disrupting the class and other students .class is being set back to deal with these manner less kids and wen u constantly callin the parent they refuse to come in or even answer the call and wen some of them do answer they have some attitude make some sort of suggestion cause department ain't got none and these parents ain't want their child being punished in any way shape or form not even putting the child outside and even wen they get sent out it make no sense cause they missing the work and now poor teacher looks like they ain't doing nothing wen the said child ain't have no interest in learning just coming school to be a nuisance wat do the teachers do then
  • Past Student (21/05/2016, 22:09) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    I know Mr. Titley n he would never do such thing!! This child just rude. Yes he would beat bout not Chuck!!! Beating is not abbuse it is to set your child in place. He is a wonderful teacher. And this story could of been a lie for all we know. U people should really ask the other students in the class for the other side of the story. Peace out!!! Good luck Mr titley. I've got your back!!
  • SMH (22/05/2016, 00:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too many clueless immature bloggers... it is simple really. If a child acts up teachers are supposed to be trained to have classroom management (touching the kids is not part of it). If they are unable to handle a situation the Principal should be notified. If he or she knows what he/she is doing they will investigate and see what the best course of action should be. If the parents are notified about repeated offences and not showing up or being cooperative, give detention / suspension as needed. Geez! What are handbooks and Education Acts for if nobody in the Ministry or System is a) reading them b) understanding them c) following them. hmmmmm.... and students are expected to learn from these kinds of role models / authoritarian figures? Roll AND come again players!!
  • cay (22/05/2016, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr Titley is mot fit to teach bottom line
  • @SMH (23/05/2016, 12:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wen u tried it all and the parents decide they are not accepting such punishments and go to department to complain wat some of u all don't understand is these parents are so EDUCATED and feel that their children are saints and wateva they do is rite so wat is left to be done wen teachers have tried it all and parents who are there training their kids to be the next world top bushman don't accept said punishment
  • oh boy (23/05/2016, 14:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think schools need to start inviting some of these parents 4 a pop up visit to really c how their angels act so parents u up for taking a day off from work let's c how many of us will be here talking about teachers now
  • Thing to talk (01/06/2016, 06:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My kindergarten child was punished by the
    Class teacher for not answering a question asked by the teacher. The child had to spend recess inside the class while other children were outside playing.

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