You can’t just expel – Jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has joined the debate over yesterday’s violent incident at Ellerslie Secondary School, warning, “you can’t just expel” the student involved in the altercation.

The unions representing teachers, the Barbados Union of Teachers and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union have called for the immediate expulsion of the 13-year-old third form student accused of spitting at and kicking a teacher in her genitals.

The girl has been suspended, but Jones made it clear he would not be drawn into taking sides, and cautioned against a rush to judgment.

The minister said he was informed about the incident this morning, and insisted that the matter must be investigated thoroughly and the correct process must followed before action is taken.

“You can’t just expel…. Every child has a right to be heard and defend itself just as every teacher has a right to he heard and defend him or herself,” he declared.

Barbados TODAY understands the incident stemmed from an attempt by the teacher to verbally discipline the student, who was asked to step outside the classroom.

A person familiar with the teacher yesterday told Barbados TODAY that the educator had been forced to seek urgent medical attention.

He said the 42-year-old educator was so shaken following the incident that she was said to be contemplating not returning to the Black Rock, St Michael learning institution, which has reportedly been grappling with problems of illegal drugs and theft.

“I have had enough; something is wrong at that school,” said the irate spokesman for the teacher, who described the student involved as “troubled”.

Yesterday’s incident was not the first at the urban secondary school. Just recently, a student was reportedly suspended for one day after a teacher in her 50s was “pushed right down” and has since been sent on two years’ sick leave.

However, Jones said today that there was more than one side to a story and he levelled criticism at those he claimed paid too much attention to the negative action of a few students, while the positive was often ignored.

“So then you start hearing all of these claims, all of this portrayal as though we are in a war zone in our schools. We are not in a war zone in our schools.

“I spoke to one principal this morning in relation to something which I wasn’t aware about that happened yesterday and I am distressed really from many vantage points. We have to treat children as human beings generally across the system, we have to have children giving respect to our teachers, we have to have parents giving respect to our teachers, but we also have to have teachers giving respect to our parents and to our children.  So sometimes these things are not easily explained because the school is a closed environment,” the minister said.

He reiterated that the matter must be handled properly and appropriate action would be taken following a detailed investigation. (SD)

5 Responses to You can’t just expel – Jones

  1. Wee Fu Ping
    Wee Fu Ping April 15, 2016 at 4:28 am

    She want expelling!!!!…I wonder how you Mr Jones would feel if somebody was to kick you in your vagina?!!!!

    • harry turnover April 15, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Ha ha…..HAH !!… Wee Fu Ping…I aint getting in dat BUT Jones should stop wukking up and realised that as a Minister he should realized that calls for her expulsion are just spontaneous reactions and everybody knows that it has to go through a PROCESS The FIRST step is to suspend …..and the next one …EXPELLED !!…so Jones stop trying to be technical and give yourself some high fives and a pat on the back

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 15, 2016 at 5:14 am

    ‘You just can’t expel’ He need expelling. What a stupid remark! Teachers are not Prison Wardens. If the created little morons to be don’t want to abide by school rules learn, follow instructions, constant disruption in class, lack respect for teachers and peers that want to learn let their parents teach them at HOME.

  3. Donna Harewood April 15, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Unless the teacher was physically assaulting the child there can be no excuse for what this child did. I suspect she may be troubled and in need of serious intervention. Let us hope that she gets it! HOWEVER, as a parent with a child in secondary school I make no apologies for saying that respect is due to students and parents as well as to teachers and the system is often quite dismissive of legitimate and valid concerns of students and parents. Getting problem teachers “expelled” NEVER happens. Are schools set up for children to get an education or for teachers to get jobs? How is it then that problem children must be expelled and problem teachers must remain?

  4. Sarifa Patel April 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

    With all due respect Mr. Jones you may have to go through the necessary whatever but at the end of the day the student must be expelled for this is just the beginning of the student problems. We were always taught to respect those in authority over us but today’s generation is not taught that, they do not even respect their parents how do we expect to respect others.
    Had I done that my parents would have taken me back to the school and administer the same treatment that the student dished out. Sounds harsh but today we are raising a generation of vipers and the girls are far worse than the boys. And if we do not have the discipline then they are all going to go to hell. Sometimes on my way home I am appalled at the behavior of the children from Ellerslie waiting at the bus stop by KFC. The language and behavior will make one hair stand on edge.
    Spare the rod spoil the child.


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