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UPDATE: Mother upset at progress in child’s eye injury investigation

Kascen Liburd, the mother of an autistic child who was allegedly injured by another student of the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre (EHRLC), has expressed frustration at the lack of progress in the matter. Photo: VINO/File
The frustrated mother said that since receiving a referral to the Eureka lab she has been unable to go for the lack of the necessary finance and in the meantime her child's eye continues to deteriorate. Above is the diagnosis given by the Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO
The frustrated mother said that since receiving a referral to the Eureka lab she has been unable to go for the lack of the necessary finance and in the meantime her child's eye continues to deteriorate. Above is the diagnosis given by the Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Kascen Liburd, the mother of an autistic child who was allegedly injured by another student of the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre (EHRLC), has expressed frustration at the lack of progress in the matter.

According to Ms Liburd, this week marks one month since the alleged injury occurred at the school and she expressed that she has received no answers from the many avenues that she has tried.

She related that the child has since seen a medical doctor in St Thomas, USVI and noted that her son will now require surgery, “The doctor said that it is not a draft, it’s not a sty… somebody hit him in the eye.”

He is scheduled to have the operation performed on February 11, 2014 and Ms Liburd explained that she does not have the necessary finances to cover the expenses. “The surgery costs $2000 that I do not have… it’s hard for me,” she stated.

She noted that although the redness has decreased in the child’s eye, the injury is becoming worse, “sometimes I feel like I want to give up but it’s my child and I can’t give up.”

“The first time they kicked him and it slide and I had to go up and down to business places for my child to get money to go to Puerto Rico,” Ms Liburd protested.

“Nobody knows what I’m going through and people are talking about things they don’t know talking about [I] need to tell the truth,” she added.

Ms Liburd related that she also spoke with Minister for Education Hon. Myron V. Walwyn and was informed that a report was done on the matter but remains frustrated at the lack of answers.  

This news site was unable to confirm the status of any investigation into the matter from Education officials up to post time.

The mother related that all she is seeking from the matter is answers and nothing has been forthcoming despite the assurances she has received from various persons.

Ms. Liburd appealed for any form of assistance or support that can be rendered to her in assisting her son to get medical attention and can be reached on 1-284-343-3581.

See previous story posted January 16, 2014:

A mother cries for help as autistic child's eye deteriorates!

- Child’s eye was injured at EHRLC, alleges no explanation from school principal or Dept. of Edu.

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The mother of a differently able child, who also suffers from autism, is calling for assistance for her child who suffered an injury to one eye while attending the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre (EHRLC).

Kascen Liburd related her story with Virgin Islands News Online, after her efforts to secure answers from the school’s head Ms. Vansittart Huggins and the Ministry for Education and Culture, have not yielded any results to date.‎‎

Ms. Liburd said that last week Wednesday January 8, 2014, her child, Khalil Liburd returned home with an injury under the eye, one which was very noticeable from some distance.

Asked about what had happen, she said that the child alleged that he was injured by a peer while at the‎ EHRLC. Contact was immediately made with the Head of the Centre, Ms. Huggins, who Ms. Liburd alleged had not been forth coming with a proper explanation.

"She (Ms Huggins) told me that looks like a draft in the eye. If that is a draft why would the doctor send me to Eureka?" questioned the single parent mother.

She also took her child for medical interventions at the Peebles Hospital where doctors were unable to provide the necessary treatment and referred her to Eureka.

The frustrated mother said that since receiving the referral to Eureka lab, she has been unable to go due to lack of the necessary finance and in the meantime, her child's eye continues to deteriorate.

The mother said that this is not the first time her child was injured while at the EHRLC. “This not the first time, the first time he was kicked in the testicles and had to stay in the hospital for two weeks and I had to rush him to Puerto Rico."

There were other times when the child would go home with other minor injuries which the mother said she never bothered to make an issue of.

The single parent woman said that she has since reported the most recent incident to the Family and Juvenile Department which has promised to investigate the matter.

The matter was also allegedly brought to the attention of Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn who this news site was unable to reach for confirmation.

Contact was however made with a senior officer of the Department of Education who insisted that her name not be published. She said that she was not aware of the incident but will be taking actions to get to the bottom of the matter will make her findings known to this news site.

"Sometimes it makes me cry because I wonder why my child. I can't say I would go out to a full time job because I have to look after my child," said the mother almost in tears.

The mother is appealing for swift actions to be taken in the interest of saving her child's eye. Ms. Liburd welcomes any form of assistance or support that can be rendered to her in assisting her son to get medical attention. Ms. Liburd can be reached on 1-284-343-3581.

51 Responses to “UPDATE: Mother upset at progress in child’s eye injury investigation”

  • CD (16/01/2014, 09:40) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    Where is Myron
    • to cd (16/01/2014, 10:18) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
      taking photos and trying to shut down the media
      • insider (17/01/2014, 14:01) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
        Nnaaa the child is in the standing finance committee asking silly questions and trying to shut down civil servants from spelling the beans and throwing sarcastic words at the Opposition
    • M.J (05/02/2014, 18:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Myron is busy dictating orders and running education further into the ground.
  • parent (16/01/2014, 09:44) Like (24) Dislike (39) Reply
    i am sick to my stomach this country and the education system gone to the dogs Andrew hurry back to save us
    • grand parent (16/01/2014, 11:11) Like (39) Dislike (26) Reply
      Andrew you say?! I will ship my grandchild to the US if he ever come back as Education Minister.
    • Proud Parent (16/01/2014, 12:39) Like (28) Dislike (13) Reply
      Andrew while doing some good for education but still not enough!! Myron has awaken the education system and putting it in a standard of where it should be so i don't know what foolishness u talking were trying to go forward not back! And more change to come wake up and open your small mind to better possibilities with Myron as the leader!!
  • chad (16/01/2014, 09:51) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    I really feel for her, she seems to have it very rough.
  • farmern brown (16/01/2014, 10:18) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    This country got some negative omen on it seems like tis always something
  • ccc (16/01/2014, 10:24) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    I cry for that mother I will call her to help
  • mvw (16/01/2014, 10:58) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is a gift for my critics
  • small head (16/01/2014, 11:10) Like (6) Dislike (30) Reply
    I'm glad to see so many people getting the courage to speak out on injustice despite the victimization and intimidation of the wicket NDP and there cowbirds…
    • Huh? (16/01/2014, 11:56) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      What does NDP have to do with a child being injured at school? If you are counting on a whole lot of people being stupid enough to fall for that crap then I'm sorry for you. lmao!
    • to ball head (16/01/2014, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      he need to pay attention to the procceding in SFC from here pressing the 'dislike bottom"
  • polo (16/01/2014, 11:46) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sure. It's just common sense that the school and education dept will try and help the poor child
  • law student (16/01/2014, 12:01) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    She needs to sue
  • Fed Up (16/01/2014, 12:04) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is so sad, can some one from the Education Department reach out to the lady come on if this was your child you would need answers. It's so frustrated when we don't have the finance to do the things we want done. Don't give up maam keep pressing on and pray to God, he will answer your prayer. She is an Innocent child.
  • Hmmmm.... (16/01/2014, 12:14) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    School system is bs
  • Well Sah! (16/01/2014, 12:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Be honest (16/01/2014, 12:21) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    Miss Liburd needs to talk the full truth.
  • never again (16/01/2014, 12:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Here we go again we need help in this country
  • tom cat (16/01/2014, 12:36) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looking at the poor child eye I am angry
  • cay (16/01/2014, 14:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope the child do not end up with one eye
  • now now (16/01/2014, 14:23) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    The problem with these complaints via the media is that they know authorities will not respond publicly and shame them. I feel for this child but is this parent telling the entire truth? Sometimes people have motives so let's see how this plays out. Sad that an injured child is in the middle of this. I don't see why it had to reach this far.
  • Injury? (16/01/2014, 14:53) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looks more like an infection.....boy needs an eye doctor, not a bunch of political BS
  • reality (16/01/2014, 15:03) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    The mom is just looking for answers on what really happen to her autistic child at school on that day but she can't seems to get any.. it basically has nothing to do with education system but the people dealing with other parent will feel good knowing they send there child to school in good condition and come back looking like that...instead of them minding people business pay more attention to the kids surroundings at school...Hopes she gets justice and her little boy get medical treatment with his eye
  • shai (16/01/2014, 16:15) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    but why is the doctor report saying CONJUNCTIVITIS AND ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE OF AMPHETAMINE?? isnt CONJUNCTIVITIS "RED EYE"... questions should be who gave this child AMPHETAMINE?? or medicines that contain this product!!!!!
    • duh (16/01/2014, 19:50) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Child probably has ADHD
      • shai (17/01/2014, 09:45) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        OK SO WHO GAVE HIM THE OVERDOSE OF THIS MEDICINE??? THIS CHILD HAS RED EYE>> MISS LIBURD NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH!!!! EVERYTHING IS GOVERNMENT?POLITICS! This is why this place will never move forward.. Always ready to point a finger else where!!
  • shut mouth (16/01/2014, 18:06) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It upsets me even more to hear the Dept of education saying they did not know anything about the child injury…set of waste of time
  • @shut mouth (16/01/2014, 19:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Even if members of the Dept of education knew of the incident they will still say they don't know anything. This is nothing new; one day they all will be exposed from the top down.
    • staff (17/01/2014, 05:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      We can't wait please expose them now we need a minister that is genuine
  • PI (17/01/2014, 06:56) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    If this child was injured at school (assuming that it is an injury and not an infection) someone has to give answers and be held accountable! Mom, I suggest that you begin with the class teacher and work your way up to the Minister of Education ... stop talking because they are not listening ... get everything in WRITING ... hand deliver your letter and demand a written response .... do it quickly as time is of the essence as his eye is deteriorating. If you cant get any satisfaction, contact a lawyer ... Pisses me off which children (especially differently abled children) are taken advantage of!!!

    VINO, thanks for bringing this to our attention, and please keep us posted.
  • open wide (17/01/2014, 12:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • cat took their tough (18/01/2014, 11:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    with there high price pr firm we have not heard a lick from them on this issue....just 2 more years
  • rock gal (18/01/2014, 20:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes the child have adhd and the mother loves her son and for people yo be saying miss Liburd need to tell the true u all need to stop the child eye us damage all she wanted was answers
  • joe public (19/01/2014, 18:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    still wating on answers
  • A Parent (20/01/2014, 19:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do they offer a payment plan?
  • rock (20/01/2014, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be honest u and the 15 of u need to stop talking bout miss liburd need to tell the turth she is telling the turth
  • vv (04/02/2014, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    This again
  • friend (04/02/2014, 15:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    you people are so cruel its a mothers cry for help for her child and if anything happens to that child god forbid u all quick to say you are sorry yadayadayada>>............. stop saying the mother is lying she is a very good mother to her kids
    • Rich (05/02/2014, 19:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is the husband of this "very good mother to her children" and what is his role In this matter?
  • blame game (05/02/2014, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Any mother can see that is pink eye. Geez we are just quick to blame education and the government
  • Clinique (05/02/2014, 19:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ms Liburd,apparently you are unaware that your child's father

    Is equally responsible for your child's welfare.
    I say this because your lament is focused on ministers and the public. Perhaps your husband needs to know that he is also responsible to pay for the surgery.
  • ki (05/02/2014, 23:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Clinique u sound so childless if it was ur child u won't anyone telling u da ok the child eye is damage way he has to do Sergey to his eye this happen at school u lil Jack***.
  • @ki (07/02/2014, 00:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just trying to help with what I know. Didn't mean to offend your lack of sensibility.

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