Minister of Education Carl Bethel carted off and admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital Friday.
Nassau Bahamas – High sugar levels, a busy schedule, pressures of a looming Cabinet shuffle and a Queen’s College sex scandal all landed the minister of education in the emergency room at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) around 11 am Friday morning.
Minister Bethel had just rapped up an event along with cabinet colleagues, when suddenly the minister began to feel faint. Minister Bethel then asked to be taken to the PMH. Tests revealed the minister’s condition as one having elevated sugar levels which resulted his condition.
A source close to Bradley Roberts former minister of works noted that upon hearing the news, Mr. Roberts said that he wished minister Bethel a speedy recovery. It was also noted that Mr. Roberts stated that he had nothing to do with the mounting pressures on the minister but laid it squarely on Bahamas Press which named Carl Bethel, as the parent of the 17 year old involved in the cover up. The boy – who attends Queen’s College – had sex on the school grounds during an event with a minor 13 year old girl. The administration at the school suspended the minister’s son for one week following the incident.
According to Bahamian law sex with a minor is classified as ‘STATUTORY RAPE’, and all who conceal or fail to report such matters are also guilty of a crime and can find themselves before a court of law. Police have yet to report on the matter at its press briefings and have yet arrested anyone for concealing the incident.
Ministry of Education officials were quick to announce the admittance of the Minister at PMH as if it was orchestrated.
Back in late July of 2005, former president of the College of the Bahamas (COB) Rodney Smith check himself into a Florida hospital, after mounting pressures from quarters of the community called for his resignation as the president of COB. Dr. Smith admitted at that time, to have plagiarised parts of a speech by John Sexton, president of New York University, in an address to the COB Honours convocation. He later after being released from the hospital, resigned amid that scandal.
A source in the FNM camp noted to Bahamas Press, that it is believed that Minister Bethel is contemplating his resignation from the cabinet and this decision could have exacerbated his condition. “News coming out of schools in The Bahamas are not good, and minister Bethel has been hit a hard blow as now this looming sex scandal at Queen’s College involving his son, has been revealed. This also has an added concern with him serving as the minister in that department. And it raises some serious concerns among his colleagues in the FNM,” the source said.
Bahamas Press is calling for the resignation of the principal at the once prestigious Queen’s College. And is asking for the venerable Methodist Church authority to get involved and resolve the matter concerning its school administration.