(CMR) Two male teachers at Joanna Clarke Primary School (JCPS) have been embroiled in a physical altercation allegedly over a female co-worker. Cayman's latest public school scandal has sent shockwaves through the teaching community.
The school's response to the incident has largely left parents in the dark about the nature of the incident after receiving a vague letter confirming the school is committed “to fostering a positive environment.” There was no apology offered to any student who may have witnessed the violence.
Exclusive sources revealed that PE Teacher David Hamil and Year 4 teacher Nicardo Bennett are said to be “fighting over” Assistant Teacher Karli Rankin. The altercation resulted in some students seeing the fight, which also involved several other female staffers who are said to have attempted to part the two men. Sources also revealed that Rankin has a child with Hamil and he was the aggressor in this dispute with Bennett.
School administrators were forced to send out a rather nondescript letter about “an alleged incident that took place today on campus.” They noted that the alleged incident “occurred in the presence of a small group of students.” In response, multiple parents received the letter as their child may have witnessed the fight.
Hamil has been teaching PE for some years now and is a former youth athlete who represented the Cayman Islands in track and field. Bennett is said to have also taught for a number of years. CMR understands that Hamil's “new baby mamma teaches at the same school.” Rankine also has a son who attends the school, and Bennett has two daughters who are students at JCPS.
Principal Delton Pedley confirmed that the matter is now under investigation by the school's leadership, the Department of Education, and the relevant authorities – notably the police.
The letter does not indicate if anyone has been suspended at this early of the investigation.