Sunday 19 May, 2019

Student’s hair set on fire in Barbados

Screenshot of video showing a girl's hair being set on fire in Barbados.

Screenshot of video showing a girl's hair being set on fire in Barbados.

Whether it was a prank gone wrong or a deliberate and willful act on the part of the perpetrator, police in Barbados are looking into the circumstances surrounding a video showing a local 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.

In the nine-second long video, the senior school girl is standing at a bus shelter seemingly awaiting public transportation. 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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