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Kelvin, 14, Suffers Chokehold Injuries In School

Kelvin wrote that he was having a conversation with a schoolmate James, when another student, known to him, came from behind and locked him in a chokehold.
02 Mar 2020 09:57
Kelvin, 14, Suffers Chokehold Injuries In School
The injured Kelvin Kishal Chand.

 

Kelvin Kishal Chand, 14, cannot eat solid food, neither can he talk nor open his mouth.

This is a result of injuries he suffered in school last Wednesday. Kelvin wrote down what transpired, on the fateful day at Jai Narayan College in Suva.

As usual, Kelvin and his elder sister Lovelyn Devi had arrived in school around 6.15am. A daily necessity to beat the traffic from their Nausori home.

Kelvin wrote that he was having a conversation with a schoolmate James, when another student, known to him, came from behind and locked him in a chokehold.

According to Kelvin, he only became conscious when he woke up in the hospital.

His father, Shyavinesh Narayan said his son’s teeth have cracked, his tongue was seriously injured and was severely lacerated, there was a deep gash under his chin and he was not able to hear properly from one ear.

“After the medical examination, and discussions with the doctor, we are of the mindset that his injuries are not consistent with the story we have been told,” Mr Narayan said.

“I was told that Kelvin fell on the floor after the chokehold.

“We have made a report at the Totogo Police Station.”

Kelvin’s sister Lovelyn said she was called to the classroom when the incident happened. She said the boy, who put her brother in a chokehold, helped carry him to the office, before he was taken to the hospital.

“The boy told the teachers that it was his fault as he applied the chokehold not realising Kelvin would become unconscious,” she said.

Mr Narayan met his son at the hospital. He said the school’s principal Rikesh Reddy was very co-operative and helpful.

He said he had been informed by Mr Reddy that the school had submitted its internal investigation.

Following this, Minister for Education Rosy Akbar said the injuries were accidental.

Mr Narayan said the extent of injuries suggested otherwise. He is hopeful that Police investigation would provide some answers.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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