Jamaica College is in deep grief following the murder of a third-form student who was stabbed and killed on a bus near the school Wednesday afternoon by a man attempting to steal his cell phone.
Fourteen-year-old Nicholas Francis reportedly boarded a green Toyota Coaster bus in the vicinity of Blue Castle Drive on Old Hope Road in St Andrew and was soon after accosted by a man who demanded his phone.
Francis resisted and was stabbed in the hand and chest by his assailant. The student was then thrown from the bus, breaking his arm in the fall.
It’s not clear what happened to the perpetrator.
The driver of the bus took the student to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he died. Francis played an active role at the recent funeral of fellow third former, 14-year-old Jordan Miller, who died at home in late August.
“I am saddened and outraged at the stabbing and subsequent death of Nicholas Francis,” said Education Minister, Ruel Reid late Wednesday.
He also urged the perpetrator to surrender to the police so that justice can be served.
“We must stand together against crimes against our children and citizens,” said Reid while expressing condolences to the school, family and friends of Francis.
Reid said he and a support team from the Education Ministry will be visiting Jamaica College on Thursday to help the school deal with the tragedy.