Did you hear the latest news about the Tranquil kids that beat up the CIC boys? One of them even had to go to hospital, and all of this because of a silly disagreement? Just walking the streets I have seen many school children fighting. Some of them in a very violent way. I have actually seen some pull out an ice pic, broken bottle or knife! What is coming to our school system? It seems to be getting worst every day. What is your view on the solution?
The solution for this problem JB in my opinion is to place a professional psychologist/counselor in every school in this country. This children come from abused homes and there is nothing you can do about it but a professional counselor can help a lot to those children who are really struggling and they really want to change the way they behave. Parenthood classes should also take in every school and make the parents more involved with the school system.
I will be teaching in secondary schools here in Trinidad soon and I admit is very scary all the stories you hear around.
As a teacher, I have seen the violent behavior of some of these children in Trinidad on a daily basis, I had to confront many of them who were looking at me like if they wanted to put their hands on me, luckily, (for them!) nothing happened.
Look at this story from Today's Express:
|A Form One junior secondary school pupil has been stabbed with a kitchen knife in a revenge attack by another pupil.|
Jerome Galston, 13, paid the price for his friend, who had reportedly slapped another pupil a few minutes before.
Galston, a Belmont Junior Secondary School pupil, was in serious condition at the Port of Spain General Hospital last night, following the attack at school shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday.
A witness told the Express that Galston was together with another classmate, when the classmate slapped another pupil. A few minutes later, the pupil (who had been slapped) spotted Galston, and reportedly shouted at him, saying that he would get what he had for (Galston's) friend.
As Galston attempted to escape, the pupil reportedly pulled out a 9 inch knife and plunged it fully into his back. The handle is said to have broken off and fallen to the ground...
Sex, violence, drugs in schools are increasing tremendously. Do you think is a reflection of the darkness of the T&T society?
Some recent facts:
|Last week alone, a secondary school student was stabbed with a pair of scissors by another student in East Trinidad; a Form two student was beaten and stabbed by three others in South Trinidad; five students in Port-of-Spain were arrested after they were found drinking in a bar and marijuana valued at $5,000 was seized, and a Cunupia High school teacher was slapped by a student. Apart from violence and drugs, school officials have expressed concern over reports of a growing pornographic ring in some schools where students create pornographic movies using cellphone cameras and video technology.|
I think teens everywhere are getting more and more violent as a way to settle their diffences. We had a kid punch out another in our school recently. When the kid fell to the floor the other started kicking him. As teachers got them separated one teacher got a chipped tooth. Teens nowadays are using weapons of any sort and are out to cause physical harm to each other just because one may have crossed their eyes at another. I think a lot of schools in many parts of the world need people in them who can maybe try to put to end or lessen the violence that todays youth seem so bent on causing.
I really have to wonder whether the Ministers in charge have any common sense or education at all. The Minister of Education said that security guards will now search the schoolbags of students entering the school as part of increased security measures. rolleyes Are they going to check the kid's clothes as well? Because that's exactly where they are going to hide the weapons.
|Education Minister Esther Le Gendre says the fatal stabbing of Shaquille Roberts, 16, at the Success/Laventille Composite School on Tuesday is not an indication of the breakdown of the nation's entire secondary school system.|
Le Gendre yesterday announced that security guards will now search the schoolbags of students entering the school as part of increased security measures there.
The Success/Laventille school management is scheduled to submit a report on the incident to the Education Ministry today.
That incident, however, is not the only incident of indiscipline that has challenged the secondary school system as there have been recent incidents of pornographic images of students transmitted by cell phones for cash but Le Gendre said this situation too was not indicative of a widespread breakdown.
"The Ministry is first to admit that we have been experiencing problems you have mentioned. However, these incidents are isolated. This is not at all to deny that incidents exist," she said.
Somehow I get the impression that they are not going to try too hard to fix things. Calling all of these incidents as isolated is like calling a wolf in sheeps clothing a sheep. But that is just my opinion.
Of course, this type of mentality is one of the main reasons our youth is at the state they are, they are calling back for physical punishment at schools like if that's going to help the youth living in broken homes and crime-infested neighborhoods....yes, beat them, is going to help them soooo much! rolleyes
|A retired college principal and school supervisor is calling for the return of corporal punishment as the last gasp means to return discipline to schools, where both principals and teachers have lost the respect of pupils.|
Clifton De Coteau, who is now a councillor in the Princes Town Regional Corporation, says if teachers do not want to put a licking on troublesome pupils, the children should be sent to the police station for appropriate punishment.
De Coteau said he expected his comments to be deemed controversial, but said he felt that extreme measures needed to be taken in the education system.
He chaired a police town meeting at St Julien Village, in the Princes Town North constituency on Thursday night. His suggestions brought applause from a standing room-only crowd, who came to hear what the police could do to improve security in their area.
De Coteau, who was principal of St Stephen's College, Princes Town, spoke out about the growing indiscipline in schools, including the stabbing death of pupil Shaquille Roberts at the Success/Laventille Composite school earlier this week.
De Coteau said: "I feel strongly that principals and teachers have lost their authority. I feel suspension is not enough. I know there are support systems, but are they working?"
He said many of his colleagues in education, in a bid to give their schools a good name, had swept under the carpet problems that were coming back to hurt them.
De Coteau said the cadet force should be in all schools.
"I still honestly believe that the best channel to the brain is through the derriere. Strokes, and if they can't do it send them to the police station....
|Police were called to a school yesterday after a teacher was threatened by a pupil with a knife.|
A science teacher at the San Fernando Senior Comprehensive School said he saw the Form Five pupil holding a knife. He said he was the form teacher for the class and asked the young man to hand over the knife because it was his "duty to do something about it".
The teacher, who requested anonymity, said the knife was passed to another pupil, who was cautioned not to get involved.
The teacher said the teenager got up to walk and placed the knife in his back pocket. He said the pupil then turned to face him, placed his hand on the pocket with the knife and twice shouted, "Don't come 'round me."
The teacher, who has been at the institution for the past ten years, said he left the scene and returned with another teacher.
"By then, the knife was passed to another pupil," he said, adding that the boy showed a piece of galvanise to them and said that was the item in his possession....