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Stabbing incident at Alexandra

The Alexandra School in St Peter has not been spared the growing trend of worrying violence, which seems to be attacking the island’s schools.

Today, a male student was forced to seek medical attention after he was stabbed by another male student during an altercation there.

Efforts to reach Principal Olson Alleyne were unsuccessful but Barbados TODAY understands that the incident, involving a fourth and a fifth former, occurred just after lunch.

When contacted tonight, President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union Mary Redman said she was neither aware of the Alexandra incident nor unconfirmed reports of a “choking” incident involving a teacher and a student at another Government-run school, whose principal also could not be reached.

Mary Redman

Mary Redman

However, just yesterday President of the National Council of Parent Teacher Association Shone Gibbs called on the authorities to put a stop to rising violence in schools.

Gibbs told Barbados TODAY he had been informed of four reports in recent weeks of students assaulting teachers as he called on schools boards and the Ministry of Education, who are ultimately responsible for the welfare and security of the schools, to send a “clear message” to students that this behaviour was unacceptable.

President of the  BNCPTA Shone Gibbs.

Shone Gibbs

“It is one too many. Two, three, four; this is a no no. We need to deal with it and be very clear that it will not be tolerated in our schools. Send a clear message that this will not be tolerated,” Gibbs said then. (KJ)

5 Responses to Stabbing incident at Alexandra

  1. Sarifa Patel April 15, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Don’t just deal with the students, deal with the parents, lock them up together. There are no delinquent children but delinquent parents. Spare the rod spoil the child. It is time to apply the rod of correction to the seat of knowledge.
    Take off the pants and beat the bottoms. The scriptures tell us to beat the foolishness out of them.
    We are living now in the era of the generation of vipers. The scriptures tell us that there is coming a generation which will do much evil because they know not God. We are living with this generation.

  2. Donna Harewood April 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I think you are on that slippery slope that comes with taking the Bible too literally. Beating me never shaped my attitude or my behavior. Sound reasoning and good example did.

  3. Donna Harewood April 15, 2016 at 8:49 am

    This problem with violence must be dealt with in the interest of all concerned. However I must ask how many reports are made of teachers who are “unfairing” students and what is being done to address this? Just recently I was told of a teacher who beat a child unmercifully. The young man took the lashes and then said to the teacher, ” I bet you wouldn’t beat your child the way you just beat me.” This was told to me by another member of staff who said she cringed at every blow.

    You are a union and so you must represent your members. Who represents the children? I empathize with all those who have been wronged – teacher, child and parent and I pray the authorities will act appropriately.

  4. tenroad April 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    What has happened to our schools ?

  5. Angela Fergusson April 15, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and must stop immediately. Teachers are dealing with unprecedented numbers of behaviour challenges in the schools and immediate solutions must be found.

    Children do have a say, parents have a position to guide and lead. Too often in today’s world the roles are being played out differently. Now is the time for all of us to act. Teachers, children and parents please come together with copies of the books including the guidelines, rules and codes. Having gone through the appropriate requirements, let us all get busy and act accordingly.

    All contributing and personal negative factors should be highlighted and dealt with.we must act now!


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