Charge them

Blackman: Time to take a stand on lawlessness

Head of the Barbados National Council for Parent-Teacher Association Rhonda Blackman says it’s time for drastic action to be taken to curb lawlessness by some students on school buses.

She said authorities need to take a stand now to wrestle control of the situation due to increasing violence, vandalism and other types of bad behaviour among the youth.

President of the Barbados National Council for Parent-Teacher Association Rhonda Blackman.
President of the Barbados National Council for              Parent-Teacher Association Rhonda Blackman.

“A real serious concern for us is the behaviour on the buses. [Maybe] the Transport Board could put people in place, or even if the police could ride the buses sometimes and get these children who are disruptive [under control], or make them accountable charge them or something,” she told Barbados TODAY.

“I make no apologies for saying that because they need to understand there is a certain decorum, a certain level of behaviour [that is expected] and when you are wearing your school uniform, your school uniform should be worn with respect.”

Blackman was hopeful the situation would be curbed during this academic year, which got underway yesterday.

“We are hoping that parents instill the correct values in their children. We are hoping the children recognise the honour and value in wearing their school uniform and behave in a particular manner while on and off the road,” she said.

“We need to have the buses policed because there’s supervision from 9-3 but after 3 o’clock, we have a serious concern about the behaviour in the bus terminals and on the buses.”

Just yesterday, Minister of Transport Michael Lashley announced that he would soon take a proposal to Cabinet that would restrict students from travelling on Transport Board buses for free outside specified hours, due to abuse of the system.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones said he also had serious concerns about the number of students caught joyriding on the buses and intended to keep a close eye on the problem.

Blackman insisted that the actions by authorities should go even further.

“What is concern is the amount of time we see school children loitering before and after school. There should be a policy in place where, at a certain time, all schoolchildren should be off the road in their uniforms. School begins at 8:45 am so unless you have a medical reason or unless you have an appointment we don’t expect to see you on the road, and if you are, then you should be accompanied by an adult,” the association head insisted.


6 Responses to Charge them

  1. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley September 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I understand, always deal with the weakest link. Penalize the school children but do NOT make the bus run on time.

    • Angel Blossoms
      Angel Blossoms September 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      What she,s saying has nothing to do with busses not on time

  2. jr smith September 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    We are to point the fingers at the so call middle class parents. The material things plays a more important part of parents lives ,than the training of they infant kids.
    The designer clothing.
    The non affordable cars
    The foreign trip as they say to do shopping.
    The most expensive cell phone.
    This is a gauge of and by the standards parent show to they kids. The only real hard work bajans and black people put in , is dressing up going to church and praying ,for what they don’t know ,I would assume they are waiting for divine intervention.
    Black kids are the only ones who requires role models, because the parents have lost the culture, and don’t know what to do.
    We see our young people using knives guns to gain respect as they say, the issue they don’t know how to communicate other than being violent.
    I think a lot of parents are aware of the criminal activities ,they kids get up to, we must consider how simple, people sell drugs ,getting hold of the same, getting guns ,again getting hold of the same, lets all consider why its all so easy, to become a criminal.
    You cannot expect anything much from the kids, when they would always see parents going into schools not about showing interest in the kids, but so many times they inflict assaults on the teachers.

  3. kay-rani rosita September 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    @Edwards Swindley
    You are kidding right.
    How is making the bus run on time dealing with students delinquent behaviour?
    I agree with Ms Blackman

  4. kay-rani rosita September 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    @Jr Smith

    Some parents, some kids

  5. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley September 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    The decision makers always use diversionary tactics and avoid the serious issues. Angel they are many more serious issues to be dealt with other than children acting like children. We must leave old outdated concepts of DISRESPECT behind. Children “”” joy riding “”” is what children do. You would NEVER hear a politician in NY LONDON or ONTARIO talking about locking up school children. The cost of operating the bus is never increased by children getting on & off. THE ISSUE IS LATE, IRREGULAR BUS SERVICE. THAT IS THE NATIONAL DISGRACE.


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