Exam time

Well the week of exams also turned out to be the week of bleeding heads. The students become a little more rowdy around exam time. But after school was done one day and after everyone had departed, I was eating lunch with the Sisters except for Sr. Gracitane who was still downstairs at the school office. Right after we had sat down, Sr. Gracitane came running up, her eyes huge as saucers and all I could manage to hear was boy and a lot of blood. She went as quickly as she entered. She took the boy to the hospital and he ended up having three different set of stitches, his forehead, between his eye brows, and below an eye. Sr Gracitane said when she saw him, his face was covered in blood. Afte the hospital, Sr. Gracitane returned with him and it was pretty ghastly. His head was heavily bandaged and his shirt splattered with blood. The sisters washed hisi uniform and gave him a new P.E. uniform because they didn’t want his mother to be scared when she saw him. Then they gave him some food and then he slumped in the chair to sleep.

Sr. Danielle was indignant of how that could happen at school especially with a Sister there. As it turns out, it happened outside, quite a distance from school, and the boy, Alti, made his way back to school. He happened to be walking along and accidentally got in the middle of a fight between three girls from school. The fight between the girls started a school and they agreed to finish it in the street. Unfortunately, it started from English. One girl called another b*%^. The other girl didn’t know what she was saying but became angry. In response, she said, Oui, je suis b *^ (Yes, I am). Once out on the streets, they started throwing rocks at each other and that is when Alti came walking along and got hit.

Sr. Danielle was pretty furious with the girls- one because it was a premeditated plan to fight in the street and it was disrespectful of the uniform, meaning degrading the respect of the school.  You can immediately recognize schools here by the uniform because every school wears a different color. The girls got kicked out of school. Sr. Danielle gave them one last chance but they said they couldn’t promise to stop their compartemet. It was their decision to leave in the end.

Please understand though, rock throwing is a common thing in jest and in fights. After soccer games, after an insult, for fun- it’s instict.

About biffy317

This blog is about my year in Haiti. I came here not speaking the language, not having a clear idea of what I will be doing to a small, impoverished country in the middle of a crisis. Haitians have A LOT of sayings and one of them is Piti gren fe gro pie bwa, which means a little seed makes a big tree. I hope that my time here will be fruitful and also to participate and observe as Haiti grows and flourishes as well. Seeds need a lot of time, a good foundation, and help from others to grow.
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