The Intermediate High School students. From left: Akeeciel Bramble, Nia Laborde, Malique Richards, and Ernesto Walters. (iWN photo)

But not for any infraction of the law.

The four form 5 students spent Wednesday observing the proceedings at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court as part of an initiative at their school to help them to get familiar with the world of work.

The students, Akeeciel Bramble, Nia Laborde, Malique Richards, and Ernesto Walters, were initially sent on the one-day attachment at Ianthea Leigertwood Law Firm.

The firm sent them to the court to observe the proceedings.

As the court convened, Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett welcomed the students, saying that he had had a brief discussion with them earlier in the morning.

“They all use public transportation,” the magistrate said, noting that Wednesday is the day on which he deals with traffic matters.

Counsel Vynnette Frederick, who was in court representing a man charged with not wearing his seatbelt, joined in welcoming the students.

She said, apparently lightheartedly, that it was unfortunate that the students were in court on the traffic day and would, therefore, miss “some of the more salacious things”.

“It is interesting that they are taking an interest in the court,” the lawyer said, and noted that the students were all smartly attired.

Lawyer Grant Connell, who was also at the Bar table, noted that the students were on time and well attired.

“Two attributes that even the police don’t seem to subscribe to,” Connell said.

The students spoke to iWitness News during a break in the proceedings. They said that none of them have ever been to a court before.

Bramble, a technical studies student, wanted to see how the court works.

“It is good and bad at the same time. To see that some people who [I believe] are guilty of things say they are not guilty,” the Rose Hall resident said.

Bramble, 16, said he felt that the persons were guilty because of the way they acted in court

Laborde, of Sion Hill, said she was interested in seeing and observing the court proceedings.

The Form 5 technical student, who is 15, said she was interested in studying law but changed her mind because it seems that becoming a lawyer is a long process.

Richards, 16, of Glen, has also been thinking about studying law, but also thought it is a long process.

He is interested in becoming a mechanic instead.

Richards told iWitness News that he was interested in learning how people are sentenced.

Walters, 16, of Diamond, a business student, went to the court looking for a learning experience.

“It is good so far. I learnt new stuff, like how the magistrate deals with people who are guilty or not guilty.”

He especially remembered when the magistrate denied bail to a man who was reportedly shot in the leg by a security guard.

Meanwhile, principal of IHS, Elspeth Latchman, told iWitness News that the attachment came several weeks after form 5 students participated in a workshop on job preparation.

She said that the attachment aimed to help the students prepare, in a practical way, for the world of work.

Some of the students also went to Finishing and Furnishing Furniture Store and others to Joyette Auto Collision.

Latchman said that as part of the initiative, students had also participated in mock interviews at business places.

3 replies on “4 IHS students in court”

  1. Vincy Lawyer says:

    Headlines that forces readers to read?

    I highly doubt now that I would want any of my kids to do this type of internship knowing the “run with a headline” country we live in.

    Sorry, this headline does not sit well with me.

  2. I don’t like the headline. This school does not have the best reputation either. This is a positive article. Your attempt to draw readers with this headline can be looked at by some as a good strategy (sensationalism of the sort). In my opinion at this time when youths are viewed so negatively and some youths from this school are deemed as troubled, this headline doesn’t help one bit in actually promoting the positive. I hope that you will reflect upon my words.

    1. Dear Malika,

      Thank you for your comment. “Negative” and “positive”, in an of themselves, are not news values and do not factor into our considerations. We are sure that you appreciate the purpose of a headline. Online, the purpose of a headline is even more peculiar. A different headline and many of the persons read the story, might not have paid it any mind. We pay close attention to the numbers of and the performance of many stories that we think many readers would consider “positive”, versus the performance of those might be considered “negative”.

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