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Blackman Principal charged

The Principal of the Blackman’s private School in Maraval is expected to appear in the Port of Spain Magistrate’s Court today to answer to two counts of Cruelty to Children

Last night police officers charged principal, Arlene Blackman, under Section III(I) of the Children’s Act, Chap 46:01, following an alleged incident in which the heads of two students at the school were placed in a toilet bowl and flushed

The instructions to charge Ms. Blackman came from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard

Reports say at around midday yesterday, a party of officers led by Woman ASP Lewis and including WPC Ferrette went to the school located at Saddle Road, Maraval

The officers escorted 67 year old Blackman out of the compound at 2 pm, and transported to the Port-of-Spain CID, where she remained up to last night.

A few hours later at around 5pm, students, 8 year old Kaya Rullow, and Josiah Richmond, ten, went to the Port of Spain CID accompanied by their parents

Reports say it was there that both students pointed out Mrs Blackman to police during a “verification exercise”.