Grieving dad of dead 12-year-old blames son’s schoolmates

The distraught dad whose 12-year-old son died after being attacked at school over what might have been a $1 dare was overcome with grief Saturday — and blamed the boy’s classmates.

“They beat my son in the school. They kill him,” Romain Vilsaint, 59, sobbed, talking in Creole as a neighbor translated. “Oh God, I lost my son, I lost my son.”

Romy Vilsaint was barely aware on the household’s Flatbush dwelling Friday and was taken to Kings County Hospital the place he died. The NYPD is investigating.

The Medical Examiner mentioned Saturday that the trigger and method of Romy’s dying was “pending further studies, but there is no trauma.”

For Romy’s father, an immigrant from Haiti, the dying had an additional layer of tragedy. His older son died in a bike accident in Haiti in 2018.

Romain Vilsaint, father of Romy Vilsaint was distraught over losing his son.
Romain Vilsaint, father of Romy Vilsaint is distraught over dropping his son.
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“He is my only son, only one,” he mentioned of Romy, who had three older sisters — two within the US and one in Haiti — and youthful twin sisters who reside in Haiti with their mother.

Vilsaint mentioned Romy’s mom instructed him, “Send my son back (to) Haiti,” so he could possibly be buried there.

“I can’t speak anymore,” the grief-stricken dad mentioned, patting his chest and going to his bed room.

Romy moved to the US in 2017. He was a fifth-grader at PS 361, The Nostrand School.

Romy Vilsaint 12, on April 3, 2021.
Romy Vilsaint 12, on April 3, 2021. He was a fifth-grader at PS 361, The Nostrand School.
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His household mentioned the boy complained of a headache Wednesday, however didn’t inform them till later he was jumped by two children. They don’t know the place or what sparked the incident.

He went to highschool Thursday, the place he was hit within the head by a child allegedly paid a buck by a classmate. He spent the day within the nurse’s workplace complaining of a horrible headache.

Vilsaint performed the voicemail his son left him from the nurse’s workplace:

“Hello Daddy,” Romy mentioned in English. He continued in Creole, telling his dad he had “a huge headache” and that there was a man who “hit me real hard” within the again of his head.

Romain Vilsaint
Romain Vilsaint’s different son died in a bike accident in Haiti in 2018.
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Roodwiny Exantus, Romy’s cousin, mentioned there was no provocation for the assault Thursday, which Romy reported to the college. Romy recounted {that a} trainer requested the boy why he hit Romy and he responded that he was paid a $1 to slug him, Exantus mentioned.

Romy was vomiting Thursday evening, felt too sick to attend college Friday and by 1 p.m., his situation worsened, Exantus mentioned.

Romy Vilsaint died after losing consciousness at his home in Flatbush.
Romy Vilsaint died after dropping consciousness at his dwelling in Flatbush.
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“Then when I called the ambulance, when they came he was talking. He was asking for water. He was like, ‘I’m begging you, give me some water’ ” Exantus recalled. “That was his last moment, all he was saying was ‘water.’ That was his last word.”

Exantus mentioned he wished the college took Romy to the hospital after he went to the nurse’s workplace.

The Department of Education mentioned it was referring the state of affairs to an “independent body” for investigation.

“This is a horrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the family during this incredibly difficult time. The safety of our young people is our absolute priority and this incident will be thoroughly investigated, and we are providing supports to both the family and school community,” mentioned DOE spokesman Nathaniel Styer.

Osnel Gerson, 51, a nurses aide who lives downstairs from the household mentioned Romy was quiet and well mannered.

“I feel so bad. They beat him up at school. That’s wrong,” she mentioned. “I think about what could he have done to them? I can’t think of anything. I have never seen this boy fighting with anyone.”

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