Stop pointless suspensions

Principals urged to rethink sending home students

Principals need to stop suspending students unnecessarily, contends youth activist Roger Husbands.

He has warned that many of these students get involved in unproductive activity when they should be at school.

Roger Husbands
Roger Husbands

“I am urging principals in the new school term to please rethink the suspensions,” said Husbands, who is the director of the Drug Education and Counseling Services (DECS).

He is opposed to the “sending home children every now and then for little things that could be dealt with at the school level”.

“Too many of our children are being sent home and some of them are happy to be sent home because then they get a chance to watch television and play video games, run ‘bout under the tree, run outside and go to the beach and all of those kind of things.

“I am saying to principals, especially, to be very cautious of that sending home that we are accustomed too,” he said.

His comments came during a press conference yesterday at the Bay Street, St Michael headquarters of the DECS.

Husbands, who deals with many delinquent youths, referred to him from schools and the court system, said all secondary schools in Barbados should have
a suspension room for troubled students.

“There is one school that I know with a tremendously great programme where they have a suspension room and instead of sending you home, you are suspended to that room and in that room you get counselling, you have classes, you have all kind of things in that room – which means that your behaviour would have to change because you ain’t going home and sleep. So the trick ain’t going to work anymore.”

Husbands also voiced his concern about troubled students being ignored throughout their years at school and sent through the gates as soon as they reach 16, with little or no qualification or direction in life.

“We [are] just sending them through the door and saying, ‘thank you for coming’,” he said

“There needs to be a treatment plan; something to help that child so that when it leaves the school what is next. Some guidance counsellors refer them to places like [The Samuel Jackman Prescod] Polytechnic and skills training, but some of those places are full.

He suggested that the guidance counsellors should sit with the children  before they leave school at age 16 “and develop a treatment plan and an option, instead of just saying ‘goodbye, thanks for the time that you have been here’.”

 

14 Responses to Stop pointless suspensions

  1. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond July 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

    What else u thing should be done,give them a new cell phone and a key to the school.

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  2. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond July 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

    What else u thing should be done,give them a new cell phone and a key to the school.

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  3. Kim Clarke
    Kim Clarke July 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Suspension does not help with anything, it just provides the child with time to get into even more trouble. Plus suspension and having the child out is school is a violation of their rights to an education. Some schools have suspension where the child is placed in or near the principal’s office, they are not allowed to interact with the other students, they are taught at the same time but normal privileges are revoked. Punitive measures like sending students home with no supervision are so outdated…………in this time and age principals cannot be creative in how they deal with delinquency? Sending the child home is not producing good results so why do it still?

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  4. Darren Garrett
    Darren Garrett July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    People like him give activists a bad name

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  5. Darren Garrett
    Darren Garrett July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    People like him give activists a bad name

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  6. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes July 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

    In school suspension with the work that must be completed is a start. Out of school suspension after all avenues have been exhausted or depends on the severity of the incident. Work should be sent home as well. Student can also be placed on a behavior contract as well. Community service as well.

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  7. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen July 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Shouldnt we then retrain our teachers and principals with alternative methods to this. It would be more logical to empower them fist with new skills and the necessary to carry out an alternative as opposed to saying stop doing something?

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  8. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer July 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    it depends on the severity of the offense. and if a student is suspended then they should be remanded to the law…and make them do community service like pick up trash in the morning and in the afternoon write about why they should be respectful of self and others.

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  9. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer July 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Every child has the right to an education. But they do not have the right to stop the teacher from teaching or to prevent others from learning. The types of behaviours that stop others from learning are what suspensions are for. These include violence, sex activity, blatant disrespect for the teacher like cursing them out and vandalism. Those acts interfere with the educational process. Everyone’s rights must be respected and the time that teachers have to take out to deal with miscreants is robbing the students who want to learn. Stupsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssse

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  10. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha July 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    ok heres the problem….u have some kids who come to school to get en education and not waste their parents and by extension the taxpayer’s money but then when students blatantly disrespect you the teacher , students in class and by extension all surrounding classes…r u suppose to keep that child in a school where the teacher has their job to do or should they just stand up and be cussed at and the lessons be stopped until that said child or children gets tired..cuz some of these come to school like this every single day…so every single day you cant start nothing because from morning they are disrupting the school environment and you spend half of the first lesson and many other lesson dealing with manners, fighting and all unsundry before ur lesson starts…..the children are already in unproductive enviroments therefore they cant adapt when some form of structure is put into place aka school.. teachers shudnt be at the mercy of kids behavia cuz they have families to go home to and then then other ppls kids who arent giving that level of trouble…until we fix the root of the problem which is the households where they come from ..it will never b sovled…pressuring teachers and schools wont solve it…cuz the kids go back to their parents and what ever environment they come from…schools are not warzones and the kids must understand they dont do what they feel like while they are there….kids gettin too much flack nowadays

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  11. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha July 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    clive as someone said ..if the previous generation had the technology, the opportunities and the situations to learn in …we would b geniuses….

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  12. Natasha Adams
    Natasha Adams July 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Parents been suggesting this for ages…..

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  13. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose July 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I LOVE THIS GUY!!!!!!!!……..EVERY ONE DESERVES A CHANCE ……THAT IS WHY YOU HAVE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AT SCHOOLS…EVERY CHILD LIVES IN A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT,SAVE THE CHILDREN SOME CHILDREN RELATE DIFFERENT TO SITUATIONS SAVE THEM……I AGREE WITH HIM ……MENTAL ,EMOTIONAL,PHYSICAL,SEXUAL ABUSE ALL THESE THINGS SHOULD BE DEALT WITH ….SAVE OUR CHILDREN

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