The mother of a fifth form student at a Seventh Day Adventist High school in Kingston is greatly concerned over the fact that her son was cheated out of prizes at the school's graduation on Sunday.
According to a YardFlex source, the youngster, who held a prominent position within the school body and has been receiving Principal's Awards continuously during his time there, was expected to receive several top prizes at graduation. However, the only prize he got was for 'most improved' in one of the sciences.
"But how him must get most improved and he always comes first in that particular subject?" the Yardflex source asked. "How him must top himself?"
According to the source, whose child also attended the school years ago, the Christian institution is "anything but". One teacher, who is now the principal of the prep school, was notorious for beating the children mercilessly when he was the Grade 6 teacher. The former prep school principal has since fled the institution to join the police force.
"They show favourtism to kids of Adventist pastors and Adventists in general. So much so, that it was a daughter of a pastor who received all the science awards. And to think that she transferred from Wolmer's Girls to that school in fifth form but was still allowed to scrape up all the science accolades. And she wasn't even at the graduation to collect the awards. What a damn shame!" she declared.
She noted that all the other top prizes were awarded to a girl who received a 2.7 GPA two years ago and has not made the honour roll since.
"That girl was selected as the valedictorian; out of nowhere she was called up to receive all the top awards, including a scholarship to the Adventist institution, NCU. As expected, that girl's family is deep in Adventism, so it's not surprising that she was chosen," the source added.
"I know that my son was cheated. I have all the proof and I intend to get justice. It's too late for my son, but I hope that nobody else's child will be a victim of this system," the mother is reported as saying.
The school is run by the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh Day Adventists in Jamaica and has a reputation for frequent visitations by demons who come in and possess students from time to time.