Calabar acting-principal Calvin Rowe has defended the school’s handling of the incident involving high school track stars Chris Taylor and De’Jour Russell, in the wake of public backlash and some biting criticism.

The athletes Taylor and Russell, who are expected to represent the school at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championship later this week, were accused of assaulting high school physics teacher Sanjay Shaw in December of last year. 

Despite several months elapsing since the incident, the teacher has recently expressed dissatisfaction with how the issue was handled.  In a press conference, held late last week, he accused the school of putting sporting interest over academics and tardiness in addressing the issue.   

In a press release, posted on the school’s website, however, Rowe denied placing athletics above academics and attempted to addressing accusations of addressing the issue late.

According to the release, no action was taken sooner, regarding the teacher’s alleged attack, because Rowe was waiting on evidence of the assault, which the teacher claimed to have recorded on video. 

The document goes on to state that having reviewed the evidence and conducted interviews with the students, it was decided only a strong reprimand was required as there was not enough strong evidence of an assault.

A doctor’s report submitted by Shaw, however, stated that the injuries he received were minor but were likely the result of blunt force trauma.

“It became clear to us as the investigations proceeded that there were conflicting accounts on key aspects, for example, the two students involved strongly denied assaulting Mr. Shaw and testified instead to the contrary; while one student admitted to shoving the teacher’s phone from the face of his teammate he was adamant that he did not step on the instrument,” the press release read.

“Having taken all things into consideration and noting the conflicting reports and the lack of evidence of any assault on the video footage, we decided not to escalate the matter to the Board but to deal with it at the level of the school’s senior leadership team,” it continued.

The document goes on to state that following Shaw’s insistence and a re-interview with the students, it was later, however, decided to suspend both athletes for five days.  They were, however, allowed to train and represent the school during the period, which continues to be a sore point for the physics teacher.

“Giving thought to Mr. Shaw’s insistence and even though I had made it clear that the nature of the punishment was not his prerogative, upon further reflection I decided to go a step further. The two students were re-interviewed and while their testimonies were unchanged I decided to suspend them for 5 days with the proviso that they were required to work on their CAPE SBAs, they were allowed to train and they would compete in their final development meet. It ought to be noted that both punitive measures were aimed at addressing the matter of disobedience to a teacher’s directive and NOT for assault, which, as was said earlier, we could not validate independently and with sufficient conviction,” the document said.

Below is the full version of the press release.

 

http://calabarhighschool.com/content/press-release-calabar-high-school-response-public-complaint-sanjay-shaw-march-24-2019

 

Armed with videos, emails and a bill outlining his medical expenses, Sanjaye Shaw, the Head of the Physics Department at Calabar High School alleged on Friday that high school’s track star Christopher Taylor grabbed him by the throat during an incident that occurred on the school grounds on December 15, 2018.

Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell, the country’s 3000, 5000, and 10,000 metres has inspired a focus on the health of athletes at the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship after his collapse due to a heart issue created a very real scare. 

Calabar High School star, Christopher Taylor, did not go after his 45.84-second Digicel Grand Prix record at the GC Foster Classic on Saturday, despite saying a week earlier he would lower the 2018 mark. 

Enid Bennett High School’s Tyrice Taylor put a 32-year-old schoolboy record under real threat on Saturday when he won the under-20 Boys’ 800-metre at the Digicel Grand Prix final. 

Neither Calabar’s Michael Stephens nor Jamaica College’s (JC) Michali Everett could claim the spoils of a fierce rivalry that developed during the Digicel Grand Prix series over 100 metres after the final at the GC Foster Classic ended on Saturday. 

The Digicel Grand Prix makes its final stop at the GC Foster Classic in Spanish Town, Jamaica on Saturday but this time, the big guns are out, even as the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships fast approaches. 

Chris Taylor claimed the 400 metres in the Digicel Grand Prix series at the Corporate Area Development Meet inside the National Stadium on Saturday but only did enough to finish in front. 

Calabar High School won the 4x800-metre event at the 43rd staging of the Gibson McCook Relays, however, the manner in which they did so left the crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston breathless. 

Former Calabar High sensation Michael O'Hara is optimistic the 2019 season will mark a long-awaited transition to the elite ranks of track and field.

O’Hara, who opened his season at the Camperdown Classic on Saturday, secured victory in the 400m ahead of the pack in a modest 49.3 seconds.  The athlete, however, expressed happiness with the result and admitted that he was simply happy to be running with good health again.

“It feels great to just return to the track. It’s been a while since I can remember opening my season this early, so I’m just grateful for finishing in good health,” O’Hara said after the race.

When asked about his plans for the 2019 season, O’Hara expressed cautious optimism.

“I’m taking the season one race at a time and the aim today was just to assess my current form. Preparations have been going well in training and I'm just excited to be back on track after injury setbacks in former years,” he added.

“The events are up to Coach to decide. For me, the plan is to make the World Championships team this summer.”

O’Hara was a star athlete for Calabar in the ISSA Boys' Athletics Championships which he left with four gold medals in 2015. The 22-year-old has personal best times of 10.19 and 20.45 seconds over 100 and 200m respectively. He was the 200m World Junior Champion in 2013.

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Kingston College coach Ludlow Bernard has admitted to a bit of concern regarding the team’s slow start, despite eventually finishing strong to hammer Calabar 4-0 in group B of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup at Red Hills Road on Tuesday.

Calabar head coach David Laylor has admitted the team is not yet the finished article following a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Kingston College in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup.

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