SEN teacher cleared in primary school exorcism case

| 10/05/2024 | 38 Comments
Cayman News Service
Red Bay Primary School

(CNS): The Ministry of Education and the Department of Education Services (DES) have said that an investigation conducted by the MASH unit and the RCIPS into allegations of misconduct by the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) at the Red Bay Primary School three years ago found that no further action was needed. Dr Meredith Rankine had been accused of being involved in an incident that was described by parents and students as an “exorcism” on the school premises.

After the allegations were first made in May 2021, the principal of the school, Vickie Frederick, was placed under investigation for alleged misconduct that threatened the safety of children. Since then, education officials have remained tight-lipped about what actually happened and no details about the investigation have ever been revealed.

It later emerged that other education professionals, including Rankine, were also involved in the incident, which had horrified some parents and frightened their young children. Frederick, who was never fully suspended, continued to work remotely and was often seen at the school. She was officially reinstated in November 2023.

“The ministry and DES consider there was no misconduct against any student by the SENCO at Red Bay Primary School. As such, Dr Meredith Rankine was asked to return to her workplace at the school effective 1 November 2022,” the release stated but did not explain why the outcome of the MASH inquiry has been revealed now, 18 months after she returned to work.

“We confirm that there are no concerns about this long-serving and valued member of staff,” the release said. “We have no doubt that children under her care will continue to receive the teaching and special educational needs services that she has provided throughout her long career to date. We ask all staff, parents and the public to refrain from making mention of the alleged incident to Dr Rankine and to respect her privacy.”

Although no findings of the investigations have been revealed, CNS understands that the young students involved had been discussing sexuality. As a result, some children were taken out of class and asked questions about their understanding of their sexuality. They were then subjected to some sort of religious ceremony, during which they were reportedly told they were possessed by demons and must repent.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    what’s wrong with Cayman ? years ago Caymanians was sensible people. But not anymore it seems, most MLA are jokers and the voters that vote for them are idiots. Can’t fix stupid. Cayman are really in a mess. Most MLA are only out to fill their own pockets with money and to hell with what happebs to these Islands and the fools that vote them in again and again are just that FOOLS.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good ol’ Cayman. Home to the world’s largest rug.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you think this was bad you should have attended one of their staff meetings at the time.

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    • Anonymous says:

      She had a very long vacation on full pay, that why they don’t care about doing a good job, never being fire , maybe went home to her country and relax for years on full pay. what a punishment ?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    I know of several students who have flourished here, so much so that they’ve earned scholarships to a prestigious school called Hogwarts. Google it, it’s a top institution.

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  5. Raffael says:

    Yes demons are here but unfortunately they all hire by the government and elected by other demons to look after their demonic interest.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    “ We ask all staff, parents and the public to refrain from making mention of the alleged incident to Dr Rankine and to respect her privacy.”. Yep, let’s just pretend it never happened because it might upset her. I see this long running review apparently hasn’t even managed to make a determination on whether an “incident” even occurred! But you know what – the ministry wanting people not to mention it and the reality of those kids never going to be able to forget it are not the same.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    The power of social media is quite something. If it is said enough times people blindly believe it. My kids attend Red Bay school and are doing very well. Whatever this incident was, it wasn’t an exorcism which is now wildly believed. One poster even adding in some sort of magic potion to drink. Do not confuse discipline with exorcism! When I was at school the cane was widely in use. It was feared and really works at keeping kids on the right path.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Ok boomer…

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    • Anonymous says:

      Hang on a second – it’s an “alleged incident” – it may never of even happened, because after 2 years and despite all the witnesses the investigation can’t even decide on what happened – and even if it did, we are not too mention it.

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    • Anonymous says:

      don’t mention the war!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    This news has my head spinning.

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  9. P. Astor Natrue says:

    Praise Beezlebub

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  10. Anonymous says:

    The next school board lesson ought to have been served via Class Action…had someone laid a finger on our kids and made them drink some magic potion. Anywhere else they’d be in jail.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    A fine example of the 11th commandment: Thou shalt not criticise a Caymanian (voter). Even if the welfare of other Caymanians is at stake. It is the organising principle of the civil service.

    Who was it that said “the needs of the many outweight the needs of the few”? Well not in Cayman.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    lmao, principal is outh here doing voodoo on students and the boards like, nah bro, it’s cool.

    our education system is beyond saving.

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  13. Blithe spirit says:

    Let’s hope she gets back pay, otherwise the school might get repossessed!

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    • Anonymous says:

      ‘Back pay’?? That’s not the Cayman way. These people are put on paid leave whilst the investigation is ongoing. A 3 year paid vacation!!!

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      • Anonymous says:

        …it was a “joke”…with “repossessed” being the punch line….

        Well done to “Blithe spirit”…I remeber the film well)….

        I probably won’t see you around.
        Casper.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Shame. You missed the joke completely.

  14. Anonymous says:

    local civil servants investigating local civil servants…..zzzzzzz
    just another day in wonderland…
    ..

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Cleared? – does that mean that the exorcism was carried out in accordance with international exorcism standards established by the International Exorcism , Voodoo and Obeah Council?

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  16. Anonymous says:

    That’s the power of religeon.
    It makes perfectly normal people do crazy things.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    lol

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Of course – the religious nuts that are in and in control of Government think this is normal so the entire thing was a stitch up from the start – taking years to ‘investigate’ this when all that was necessary was taking the students aside one by one and asking them what happened – the entire process should have taken less than a week but the government’s initial plan was to just let it blow over and then let her go back to her job which is exactly what they did

    The only reason they acted like she was ever even remotely suspended was because the media followed up on the story, according to parents basically nothing changed

    Christian fundamentalists are authoritarians who think their beliefs are equivalent with the law and can be enforced on others while crying wolf and acting as if they are powerless victims

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    • Anonymous says:

      But, if you read Stupidicus 12:69, you’ll see, “Cheezus said, allow fast food outlets to be built by your educational establishments, and encourage feeble minded zealots to poison your children, for that is greatness and the path to a harmonious community.”

      or something like that.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    JuJu’s next move will be to rename Red Bay Primary after her favorite exorcist teacher. Watch this space.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    the kids got special education alright

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  21. Anonymous says:

    DR my ass.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    This has Juju written all over it. Sweep everything under and rug and dismiss the truth Zzzzzz.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    If parents would speak up about the failures of the public education system there would be change and foolishness like this wouldn’t happen. So let the exorcist educator go back to work, if parents don’t care the public shouldn’t care either!

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