Violence at Darryl Jordan leads to police probe

Police had to be called in and are now conducting investigations into a series of fights at a St Lucy school which has led to the suspension of five female students, and the school board’s contemplation of other disciplinary action.

At the centre of the row are allegations of continual bullying.

In an exclusive interview with Barbados TODAY, three Darryl Jordan Secondary School students –– one born in the United States, another from Jamaica and a third from Guyana –– complained they were being bullied because of their non-national status.

The main spokesperson for the group, who was born in New York to Barbadian parents and entered the school in September last year, said there had been a running feud between her friends and another group of students and it came to a head yesterday.

As her Jamaican classmate showed a patch at the top of her head and a handful of hair which she claimed was plucked from her head in the confrontation, the United States-born student alleged that “there are at least 20 students who continue to bully us”.

“They come after us all of the time even if we try to keep away from them,” she said.

The mother of the Guyanese student, while acknowledging that her daughter and her two friends, along with two others involved in the altercations were suspended, insisted that she had made several complaints about her child being the victim of bullying to no avail.

As a result, she said, her daughter –– who had several cuts about her body –– would not be returning to the school.

When contacted today, principal of the school, Stephen Jackman, said yesterday’s confrontation between the two groups of students was not the first, and their parents were well aware of the situation.

He told Barbados TODAY they were all brought to his office after they were involved in a dispute, but their disorderly behaviour continued even in his presence.

One student showing the large patch left after a chunk of hair was pulled from her head during the fight.
One  of the students showing a large patch after a chunk of hair was pulled from her head during the fight.

“The students were brought to my office and while I was investigating the matter one of the girls took up a paper weight and struck one of the other girls, and it led to a fight in the office. During my intervention and that of my deputy they continued to fight,” he said.

“All I can tell you is that while the police were on the compound investigating the first incident, the second incident occurred and the police took all of them to the police station; so it has become a police matter. Yesterday’s fight was not the first fight. Their parents were invited to the school, but the dispute continued on Facebook. After a similar fight on February 10, the parents were called in to help resolve the dispute. They were told that the matter would have to be referred to the board for disciplinary action.”

When contacted for a comment on the situation, police public relations officer Inspector David Welch confirmed that a police report had been made.

“A dispute occurred yesterday afternoon among a number of female students after school hours on the school grounds. The police were summoned and the students were taken to a police station where their parents were summoned. Police are continuing investigations,” he said.


21 Responses to SCHOOL ROW

  1. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick May 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    thats a lie carol anybody fight

  2. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown May 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Such utter disrespect for the principal, who really is in control at this school?

  3. Keisha Callender
    Keisha Callender May 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    smh @only hungry people fight

  4. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte May 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    the results rearing of HOGS!!!

  5. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins May 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    We need to put these children to pick pond grass because they are not doing nothing productive at school. What is all the fighting all about? I feel sorry for the teachers. smh

  6. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick May 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    some of wanna talking bare bs ….pick pond grass to prove what ??? stupse ugh

  7. Mac10 May 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    So the incidents of bullying were well known to the school but little seems to have done. How does that inactivity help the children amid an ongoing campaign to end bullying in schools?

    Also what is being done to combat the racism aspect of the bullying?

  8. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick May 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Princess Mandy these children of today are no different than that adults of today

  9. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge May 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    wth is going on?

  10. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Sounds like schools right here in the USA.

  11. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer May 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    So what will be done

  12. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha May 29, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Kids having kids ……but kids do follow ans follow ppl….but I realize that bajans dont like foreigners. ….same thing happened to my friend. the world only made uo of bajans…..ignorance breeds ignorance

  13. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 29, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Consequence for the Bullies: Put a hammer to all gadgets that would put an end to going on face book. The girls have no pride and they are a disgrace to the school. The parents are just as bad, lack of monitoring child or young person on social media.

  14. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte May 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    So many act surprise about the negative news. The real world start from in your house. Go look. Smfh

  15. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul May 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Solution… MONEY TALKS. Here is a way to get some funding for school programs. All those children who start these fights and being bullies on Facebook should be charged. If the parents have to come up with a huge sum of money as a result of their children misbehaving, I am sure the problem will get solve. No police, no teacher and no principal can solve this problem. This is a parent to parent problem. It usually end with children taking matters into their own hands and someone ending up dead or seriously injured. Find the leader and make her/his parents pay, start at some ridiculous charge like $5000.00 so that the word would get around and other children would think twice before they misbehave and have to face their parents with that bill. What if they can’t pay you ask? Then the parent go to jail, half time for mother and father if both parents are around. The school can use the money. This goes for those facebook bullies as well. Put all of this in a policy and give to each man jack to take it home to sign and return ASAP. FIND THE LEADER/BULLY and put an end to this. Barbados is too small an island for us not to be able to get this problem under control.

  16. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner May 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    What I find funny is that Bajans poking fun at non nationals,so what do u call Bajans in Miami/Bronx and Harlem without legal status.

  17. Shelly Blackman
    Shelly Blackman May 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    hmmmmmm… cut ass aint stirring down dey no moe… oh loss…. murddah….

  18. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 30, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Ashantia Howard, Stale News? The incident should not of happened in the first place. The irresponsible ADULTS that took no notice of previous complaints had the opportunity to nip the bullying in the bud. They should be made accountable for their actions.


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