Thursday 21 February, 2019

UPDATE: Student outs girl’s hair set on fire; police investigating

Photos of the girls hair being set on fire and ablaze from the video.

Photos of the girls hair being set on fire and ablaze from the video.

[Update: 3:40 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018]

Preliminary investigations by the Royal Barbados Police Force have revealed that sometime after 3:00 pm on the day in question, the 15-year-old school girl was at a bus stop in Horse Hill, St. Joseph, with several schoolmates when her hair was set ablaze whilst she was focusing on her cellular phone.

The blaze was extinguished by another pupil, and no injuries were received.

Investigations are continuing assures police.

Student's hair set on fire has police's attention

[Original post: 10:03 am, Wednesday, January 17, 2018]

Whether it was a prank gone wrong or a deliberate and willful act on the part of the perpetrator, police are looking into the circumstances surrounding a video showing a schoolgirl’s hair being set on fire.

Police spokesperson Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler told Loop News that they have seen the video and are conducting investigations.

At this time Cobbler said that he cannot speak to charges which could be brought against the schoolboy seen carrying out the act and laughing. He said that charges would be determined in part by what injuries and the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim.

Also, he indicated that no official report has been made to the police as yet either.

In the 9-second long video, the senior school girl is backing the road while standing at a bus shelter seemingly awaiting public transportation. She has relaxed hair and it is in a high ponytail. The schoolboy steps up behind her unbeknownst to her and uses a lighter to set the end of her ponytail ablaze.



Another schoolgirl can be heard yelling, ‘You head pun fire!’ While a junior schoolboy crosses the camera hopping with laughter. Another boy aggressively shouts, “You head pon fire girl, yuh…” The girl still appears unsure as to what is happening when the clip ends, though her hair is lit and the flames are spreading along her hair strands, while smoke is appearing as the hair products in her hair probably assist the blaze.

Cobbler says it looks as if the students attend the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School in St. Joseph.

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