Two male students from the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School were robbed in broad daylight by two armed men, in Castries around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday (May. 24).
One of victim’s mother, who asked not to be named, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Wednesday that her son and his school mate, who are both 14-years-old, were cornered by the two men close to the government printery.
The woman said her son recalled that one of bandits pulled out a switchblade on him, requesting that he pass their cousin’s phone, pretending that they knew each other and suggesting that the students stole a phone.
He told his mother a passerby saw when the men pulled out the switchblade on him and recalled the individual saying to the men that they cannot do that to ‘school children.’
“So they (the students) said the bandits then told the boys to follow them. They took them behind the CDC building, searched them and took their cell phones and money,” the woman said.
Fortunately, the bandits did not hurt the students and allowed them to leave after they were robbed.
Once the boys got home, they related the story to their parents and a report was made with the police. The school was also informed and they have been communicating with the parents.
The woman said the boys may have panicked, because a knife was being pointed at them, when they decided to follow the bandits to the CDC building, where they were later robbed.
She told SNO after speaking with the police, she came to understand that this is not the first set of school children that have been robbed as of recent, right in the Castries area.
“It is so frustrating that your kid cannot even walk in town. He was going to have his hair cut, when that happened. Now you have to be cautioning your kid where to pass. In fact, I don’t want my child to be in town,” she told SNO.
The school boys have described the men wearing vests and flip-flops.
Only last week, another parent wrote SNO to warn other parents who have children going to primary schools from Vide Bouitelle to the Castries basin, to be more vigilante with their kids.
The parent who requested anonymity said her daughters were recent victims, as they were recently robbed along that route. They took her 11-year-old daughter’s cell phone.
That matter was also reported to the police.