By Kizzy ColemanA Grade 10 student of Canje Secondary School, in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is now a patient at theJoshua LynellGeorgetown Public Hospital after he was allegedly pushed from the schools premises by another student last Tuesday.The injured child is 16-year-old Joshua Lynell of Lot 26 New Street, Cumberland, Berbice. A teacher at the school told Guyana Times that the student was involved in an argument with another student which led to a scuffle. It was at this point that the now injured teen was pushed from the second floor of the building and landed on the concrete ground.Teachers were alerted and the child was picked up and rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital but was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. As a result of the incident, the child sustained spinal injuries, a broken arm and a broken hip.Speaking with this publication, Lynell recounted the incident. He explained that the other student who pushed him, was involved in a scuffle with another student to which he intervened.He added that he went outside to the school’s corridor and was holding onto the railing when the student told him “you want me push you over there?”He divulged that he objected and the student began to push at him which resulted in the railing, which is rotten, breaking, causing the teen to fall to the ground. “When I fell over, he tried to help me up because I grabbed at his hand but he couldn’t hold me and I slipped and fall to the ground”.He further explained that when he fell, he was unable to move and students ran to his assistance. “Some other children come to help me and they turned me over on my back,” the teen explained.Loriette Lindy, mother of the injured teen, said she was called to the school at around 12:30h on the day of the incident. When she arrived, she was met by two teachers who told her that she has to go to the hospital as her son fell off of the school’s corridor.“When I got to the hospital, I was able to go into the room where my son was and I overheard the doctor asking him which student pushed him. It is then that I realised that the teachers were lying to me, telling me that Joshua fell over the railing”.Upon learning this, Lindy questioned teachers who were present at the hospital and was then told the truth of the matter.“When I told them that they lied to me, that is when they told me that Joshua was involved in a fight with another student who pushed him off of the corridor,” she explained.The matter was reported to the Reliance Police Station by the father of the teen on Thursday after the school’s head teacher refused to do so. Guyana Times was told that the school’s administration is trying to keep the matter “under wraps”. In an attempt to protect the other student involved in the matter, they have reported that the injured teen was running on the corridor of the school, when he accidently went over the railings.The frustrated parents, who are currently living out of their car, parked in the vicinity of the Georgetown Public Hospital, explained that they are unhappy with the current situation and the injustice that they are facing. Lindy said they have nowhere to stay in the city, and as such, they are staying in their car outside of the hospital.They are of the view that the other teen involved in the matter should be punished for his actions.“Currently, he is in school carrying on as usual. He was not even suspended and the teachers have secret meetings with him in there office for him to corroborate what they have been reporting. This is so unfair to us and our son.”The Police have since launched an investigation into the matter.
V ERO BEACH, Fla. – Joe Beimel rolled up the right sleeve of his Dodger-blue practice jersey one recent morning and displayed the mark of a new man. In the old days, you know, a guy would clean up his image by removing a tattoo. Now, evidently, he announces he’s changed his hard-living ways by getting one. Since late on the night of Oct. 2 in New York, Beimel said, he has not had a drink of alcohol. Beimel’s trouble began two nights before the Dodgers’ playoff opener when the Pennsylvania native asked a cabbie to find him a good place to watch the Eagles-Packers game. As he tells the story, he doesn’t even know the name of the bar where he wound up sitting until well after the game was over. “I got up to go to the bathroom, took the last drink out of my beer,” Beimel said. “It kind of slipped through my hand, and I kind of fumbled it around, tried to catch it. There was a post right by the bar. The glass and my hand hit that at the same time. It kind of exploded everywhere. “I was kind of in shock – holy cow, did that really happen? It was kind of dark, and I saw a little cut. I didn’t think much of it. I went to the bathroom. By the time I got there my whole hand was just dripping. “I tried to take some paper towels and get it to stop \. I couldn’t get it to stop. I ran out, jumped in a cab, went to the hotel.” How many beers had he drank? “Too many,” Beimel said. “It was probably 2:30 in the morning. I wasn’t sitting there drinking sodas all night.” A Dodgers trainer put in stitches at the hotel. But they tore loose when he tried to throw at the next day’s workout, and he was sent home to Los Angeles in shame, leaving manager Grady Little’s bullpen short-handed. A one-inch scar remains at the base of Beimel’s little finger. In some minds he gets a permanent spot in the Dodgers bullpen Hall of Infamy. Ralph Branca, Terry Forster, Tom Niedenfuer – and Joe Beimel, who got there without throwing a pitch. But his rift with the team began to heal when he apologized in a clubhouse meeting between games 2 and 3 and persuaded general manager Ned Colletti he realized the gravity of his mistake. Maybe it helped that the Dodgers were so comprehensively beaten by the Mets, no one player could be blamed. “If you only give people one chance, you’re going to run out of people,” Colletti said in Vero Beach. “He’s got a chance to accomplish a lot – and not only on the mound. I’m happy for him.” The Dodgers used the incident against him in a salary arbitration hearing, won the case and will pay Beimel $912,500 this season – not the $1.25 million he asked for, but a 115 percent raise over what he earned last year with a 2-1 record and 2.96 ERA in 62 appearances. Still, Beimel said, he feels forgiven and thankful: “They realized I made a mistake. I realized I made a mistake. I’m grateful to be back.” [email protected] (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nobody could have imagined how things would turn out between Beimel and the Dodgers after the journeyman relief pitcher admitted he sliced open his prized left hand on a shattered beer glass at a Manhattan bar last October, missed the playoff series with the New York Mets and became a convenient scapegoat for a defeat that in truth was a team effort. After the Shatter Heard ‘Round the World, Dodgers executives and teammates were angry – mostly because Beimel lied at first and claimed the accident happened in his hotel room. It was natural to assume this meant Goodbyemel: The 29-year-old would be asked to pack his bags and never see Dodger Blue again. Instead, as the Dodgers pass spring training’s halfway point, Beimel remains a member of the bullpen. The big pitcher with hair over his collar and a distinctive No. 97 on his back is perhaps a more trusted member of the club than ever before. “As bad as it was when it happened, I’ve tried to turn it into a positive, made some pretty big life changes,” Beimel said. “It \ is just something to remind me what a life-changing experience this really was.” On Beimel’s shoulder are the images of a heart broken in two and a New York City skyline wrapped in the words “Only God Knows Why.” “It’s \ one of my favorite songs, a Kid Rock song,” Beimel said of the indelible phrase. “It’s also, `Only God knows why things happen the way they do.”‘