Teacher’s Union calls for attempted murder charge to be reviewed

The Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers is calling for the charge of Attempted Murder against Vendiz Charles to be reviewed.

Charles was formally charged on Monday following an incident where the Clare Hall Secondary teacher threw a stone which struck a student on the head.

According to a release from the union, the statements offered by those who witnessed the event, as well as a video recording of the incident clearly indicate that there was no malice in the teacher’s action.

The release stated that the union is left bewildered at the extent of the charge that has been laid against their colleague and further called on the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Honorable Attorney General to amend or drop the charge of Attempted Murder against Charles.

Meantime after appearing before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh yesterday the 26 year old Physics teacher was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 and was required to pay $2,500 to facilitate his release. He was also required to provide two sureties and to surrender his travel documents to the state.

His committal proceedings are schedule for May 15th and according to Charles’s Attorney Leon Chakku Symister he is expected to return to work today unless he is informed to do otherwise.

Last week the 14 year old Akeem Scotland was rush to the hospital with a fractured skull after being struck in the head with a stone. After several days of being in the Intensive Care Unit he was released from the hospital on Saturday and is currently recuperating at home.

News Reporter

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