IT’S WRONG!

Education Minister outraged by sex photo of student

There are “sexual predators”, both male and female, within the island’s school system, Minister of Education Ronald Jones said today, as he issued a stern warning that the authorities intended to come down heavily on the culprits.

A fiery Jones made his position clear during an address to the Lodge School’s Speech Day, saying his ministry would be adopting a policy of zero tolerance towards any teacher found guilty of sexually exploiting students.

From left St John MP Mara Thompson, Principal of the Lodge School Vasco Drakes, Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Chairman of the Lodge School Patterson Cheltenham, QC at today’s awards ceremony.
From left St John MP Mara Thompson, Principal of the Lodge School Vasco Dash, Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Chairman of the Lodge School Patterson Cheltenham, QC at today’s awards ceremony.

The Minister of Education told his audience he had recently received a photo via social media of a 13-year-old secondary school girl engaging in sex with a fully grown man whose face was hidden, while the girl’s was fully exposed.

Contending there were people trying to demean Barbados’ young women, the outspoken minister said: “Recently someone sent me some pornography which, I am led to believe, was done to make me aware of what might be happening with some of our young people.

“It was sent to others, I believe that some students at the Lodge School may have received it also. However, I became very disappointed after I was told that the young lady is 13 years old and attends one of our schools. The picture is showing the face of the girl.”

He asked: “Should a 13 year old who should have been in school be sexually bludgeoned? Even if she were 16 years, should she be sexually bludgeoned and her face and her form displayed, but yet you cannot see the face of the male? That has to be deliberate.”

He went on: “Someone or some persons are out there trying to demean our young women. I hope none of you young women present would allow yourselves to be demeaned in that way. These things are serious. What is going to happen to that young lady as she encounters others in her life and as she moves around and is recognized?

“Are we going to be sympathetic? Are we going to empathize at the betrayal because that is what it is? Is she going to join others on some of our famous streets? I hope not. I hope she will spend time in inner reflection with the help of parents if they are there or some state agency to give her counsel,” the Minister of Education added.

Jones, who spoke with great passion, said: “The males of this country have to take stock for what they are doing at this juncture of the country’s history.”

In an attempt to curb child molestation in the island’s education system, Jones said officials in his ministry recently stipulated that contact between teachers and students must be formal.

Stressing that the ministry would be taking steps to stamp out child molestation in the schools, Jones said: “There is and will be zero tolerance for any sexual exploitation of our children by any teacher. Find a job somewhere else. I do not care how good you are, how good you are loved by children and your colleagues say how brilliant you are. Once you cross the line, there is no more time for you in education in Barbados. None!”

He added: “These children are there for us to protect, not to exploit. Today, because of different proclivities, there is female on female and male on male. I do not want to see a female teacher lying across the lap of a female student. There is a respectful distance that must be observed.”

nevilleclarke@barbadostoday.bb

8 Responses to IT’S WRONG!

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder April 1, 2015 at 2:04 am

    Not now years ago y’all should of put stops to predators, how many young children got they innocences taken away from up standing respected.people in society,y’all like to point out the young people this an that but y’all got too be held responsible too,

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  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder April 1, 2015 at 2:04 am

    Not now years ago y’all should of put stops to predators, how many young children got they innocences taken away from up standing respected.people in society,y’all like to point out the young people this an that but y’all got too be held responsible too,

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  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder April 1, 2015 at 2:10 am

    God n returning with a smiling face,it not go be normal when God give over the sinner to his mistakes because of rejection of divine knowledge…

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  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder April 1, 2015 at 2:20 am

    If u reject life then u would of accepted death instead, u only can blame urself for ur own choices what would u say she made me do it he made me do it,in courts on earth the judges will find any person guilty on does grounds ur n a spiritual Court an a infinite Judge is judging U…

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  5. Louise King
    Louise King April 1, 2015 at 4:35 am

    culprits -at de pulpits–one and same cross–

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  6. Tony Webster April 1, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Next outbreak of convenient distractions: ” No children – or teachers- allowed to practise obeah…while at school”
    A bill to bus’ a shot in this despicable thing… is on the table…in the works…and a cabinet paper will soon…be drafted…so that we can crack the nearest hard head.
    As for “zero tlerance”…well Sir, it’s a good thing that our Christian under-pinnings…allow us to tolerate some ministers of the crown…who test us greatly!

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  7. Patrick Blackman April 1, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Another napolean complex individual, if we have these predators in the school system, let the school principals do their jobs and report the matter to the police, there is no need for new laws just enforce the criminal code. Just don’t get why government is constantly interfering…. just don’t get it.

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  8. jr smith April 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Hail,Hail @Austin, this would then be proof that the minister, isnt all mouth and trouser, but with our politicians, you see and hear a lot but with little action.

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