(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – As the new school term opens today, today is going to be a sad day at the St Theresa Girls’ RC School as teachers and classmates of eight-year-old Tenille Giselle Du Bois will be mourning her death.
The little girl drowned over the weekend in a makeshift pool at her home at Morne Coco Road, Petit Valley.
The incident occurred at about 1.30 pm on Saturday.
Police said Du Bois and her relatives were playing in the pool when they all decided to get out to go into the house to change into dry clothes and have a meal. But as the others went inside, Du Bois reportedly managed to slip away from everyone’s sight. A short while after relatives noticed she was missing and started a search for her. Her body was found floating face down in the make-shift pool, which was a water tank cut in half. By the time relatives found her and pulled her out the girl was already dead.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian, a neighbour who wished not to be identified said her immediate family was very traumatised and saddened by her death.
Little Tenille was described as a “little girl who carried joy from deep within her.”
“I didn’t know the people personally but from what I was told the little girl was like an angel…very playful and very bright in school. Her friends in school I am sure will miss her. The news spread like wildfire in the village here and we all are very saddened by the news,” the neighbour said.
A parent whose child attends the same school as Du Bois said the girl would have been entering Standard Two today.
“We certainly are keeping the family in prayer at this time…as far as my daughter describes her she was very cheerful and full of life and it appears she was popular among her peers, as my daughter is in a higher class.”
An autopsy will be conducted today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, to determine the actual cause of death.
Officers of the West End Police Station are investigating.