Call in the police at Combermere, suggests Reverend Morris

Outspoken senior teacher at Combermere School Reverend Charles Morris is accusing the school’s administration of providing the Ministry of Education with “alternative facts” instead of admitting that the environmental concerns which forced the school’s closure last November have not been resolved.

Morris was responding to a press release issued by the Minister of Education Ronald Jones last Friday, in which he denied reports that students were falling ill since the learning institution at Waterford, St Michael reopened earlier this month.

On the contrary, Jones said, the records showed no student left early due to illness, and there was no evidence of a recurrence of the environmental problems that have plagued the school.

“The reports of students leaving the school relate to dental appointments, and other personal issues. In addition, with the exception of one teacher who is on sick leave and another who did not report to work yesterday, there was no record of staff being away from Combermere.

“There is no indication of a recurrence of environmental problems at Combermere School,” the minister said.

However, Morris argued that nothing could be further from the truth and beseeched to the school’s administration to come clean about the current state of affairs.

“I am not going to blame the minister because he can only go by what information is said to him. But the administration of the school needs to deal with this issue honestly and tell the parents about it. It does not make sense hiding.

“Students are going home sick. There is no two ways about that. I am there and I see it. I know that the principal sent around asking for the details of those who were sick but a lot of students who were sick in the past three weeks would not have signed that because a lot of them were home. So that is pure foolishness because students went home sick the whole week,” Morris said.

Barbados TODAY understands environmental experts were back at the school on Saturday conducting further remedial work.

However, Morris is questioning why this was done if complaints of a recurrence were baseless.

“If you are saying that everything is okay and that the school is good then why, as I speak to you, are people at the school trying to get this matter straightened out? These sets of complaints were not done by the teachers but by the students who complained that they were getting these foul smells again.

“I myself was in the history room and got some but I did not abandon the school and go home. The students in the history room where I teach complained and right beside me I saw a student getting sick along the corridor. My question is why are they still there? Even the environmental team when they were touring the school [during an inspection on January 10] reported that they were still getting some of the smell. They put in new bathrooms but the students cannot use the bathrooms because scents are coming from it even though students haven’t used it,” he added.

In a startling revelation yesterday during a joint meeting of the Democratic Labour Party’s Christ Church West and East Central branches at the Arthur Smith Primary School, Jones said people were making deliberate attempts to sabotage the school and he had photographic evidence to prove it.

Morris queried why police were not called in to investigate these troubling allegations, as this was the second time the claim of sabotage had been made.

“These are stupid theories which cannot be verified. It has been theory after theory. Just last week we were told it was the stench from the horse stables out in Waterford, now this thing of sabotage resurfaces. Have you investigated sabotage? Why haven’t they called in the police?”

30 Responses to Call in the police at Combermere, suggests Reverend Morris

  1. Hal Austin January 31, 2017 at 6:06 am

    This is not journalism, it is a press release for this nutcase teacher. Are you telling me he is speaking on behalf of the all the teachers? Why don’t those who do not agree speak out? Are they intimidated, scared off by the bullies? Where is the PTA? Where are the non-teaching staff?
    And to think Morris is a man of the church. It is further evidence, as if it were needed, of the decline of a great school.

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  2. Zalika parris January 31, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Hal Austin

    You would have to be more nut than Morris. This man is right there in the school and you telling the man that he don’t know what he talking about. The same way you ask why those who do not agree with him don’t come out out and speak I am asking the same question why those who agree with him don’t come out and speak.

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  3. Jennifer January 31, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Mr Morris want taking out of the school and nailing in the church. This church thing misleading students and people too. He needs to stop seeking to be seen of men and deal with his own church issues, which are many.

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  4. North Point January 31, 2017 at 7:17 am

    call the police for me its a case of emergency. it looks like Mr. Morris knows something that others don’t know, its time Minister Jones speaks with him. Probably he wants to confess.

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  5. hcalndre January 31, 2017 at 7:24 am

    @Hal and Jennifer, this is one of the biggest problems with barbadians the world over. Mr.Morris is speaking out because the others will wait until they reach home and I`ll bet some are silently backing Mr. Morris. People all over this world speaks out, protests, even if it means going to jail for their rights. In the end the same bajans will benefit from the out come. Mr.Morris don`t be intimated.

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  6. Guy Smiley January 31, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Why make it personal against Morris as you all are doing. Its not about him its about a situation that needs to be resolved.

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  7. Ronnie Warren
    Ronnie Warren January 31, 2017 at 7:28 am

    How do you replace smell with an alternative….man is a comedian

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  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 31, 2017 at 7:29 am

    The school has a sewage problem.They need to check it carefully. MAYBE it backing up.

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  9. hcalndre January 31, 2017 at 7:54 am

    A caller to one of the radio programs said that his daughter is living in one of the government units that still has Asbestos roofs. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that people get from the asbestos. These tenants will die before the take the matter to who is responsible for the maintenance because they maybe afraid of losing their unit.

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  10. C.Howell January 31, 2017 at 8:11 am

    The only thing that Mr Morris has to say about that he is associated with is L-Arginine. Other than that he is a critic of everthing else e.g the Church, the school he teaches at, ministers of the gospel, the leadership of the Anglican Church, basic theology, all of these and everything else he opposes.

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  11. Hal Austin January 31, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Guy/hcalndre,
    So you are saying this is a personal thing for the Rev Charles Morris. No one wants to intimidate Mr Morris, I for one just want him sacked.
    He is a blight on the school and on the education system in Barbados.
    Barbadian trade unionists have either got to up their game or be part of history.
    If they want a good model of a modern trade union then they should look at Calpers, see how a union can shift from workplace confrontation to looking after members’ fundamental interests.

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  12. harry turnover January 31, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Rev.CHARLES MORRIS…..I DON”T TRUST YOU ONE BIT !! as far as I am concerned YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.and I DO NOT mean in any DEROGATORY way.
    Ronald Jones you and the Ministry need to TRANSFER the Rev.CHARLES MORRIS and every thing will be OK

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  13. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne January 31, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Call a meeting with the entire school and I don’t mean just the teachers, then you would know for sure who is having health problems

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  14. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 31, 2017 at 8:41 am

    The man is talking about Ronald Jones saying there has been sabotage so if there is evidence bring in the police he is not talking about bringing in police for the smell.

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  15. Antionette Sealy January 31, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Those vagabonds who find ways and means to stop people’s children from adequate tuition should be locked up. The team of old scholars who are monitoring the situation and who are on the compound more often than some of the teachers have made their revelations. Morris can sing Hymn-a-ton, the vagabonds with all the academic qualifications in the world but lack basic common sense , seemingly put foreign bodies into toilet bowls which are emptied into a septic tank, which is different from the ones used by the students. The students do not have access to these toilets. Morris should be telling the press the names of the vagabonds who executed or attempted the current sabotage . It was difficult to point a finger at the suspects who sawed the 6 inch waste pipe earlier last year but the perpetrators in this new development can easily be identified. Yes Rev. Charles, there are Jezebels in Waterford. Preach on the topic next Sunday.

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  16. Antionette Sealy January 31, 2017 at 11:10 am

    My dear Rawle Spooner
    Barbados is not that advanced in forensic science to do DNA tests which match finger prints of the vagabonds with the finger prints on the bits of exercise book backs, fibre and whatever foreign bodies found in the waste pipes in the septic tank which only the teachers, the principal and the secretary use. The Barbados public and the parents of the children who were denied almost a term’s education by other sabotage acts are clear in their minds about who are the criminals. They don’t need the police to prove that there are Jezebels in Waterford.

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  17. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 31, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Environmental Health.

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  18. Justsaying January 31, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Words of the year (alternative facts) hmmmm, trupms me.

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  19. Adrian January 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Well said Antoinette Sealy

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  20. Mikey January 31, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Hal is apparently one of those omniscient human beings.
    The Reverend Morris has nothing to hide, he has been stricken with Cancer and it is part of a personal concern that he always had.
    The man has been teaching at that school for approximately 3 decades and obviously knows the environment that has existed for that period of time.

    Maybe Hal only spent four or five years around the school, so he is an expert , but not Mr. Morris.

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  21. Mikey January 31, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Another piece of stupidity is when people compare two unlike things.
    Calpers is a California system that owns some 300.3 Billion US Dollars in assets and caters to 1.6 million public employees.
    Why do you sojourners try to superimpose situations on Barbados and Barbadians that can hardly be a dream, (even a wet-dream) ???
    You guys need to wake up to some realities that exist in Barbados, come up with some home-grown initiatives and stop the mimicking of other people !!!

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  22. Ali January 31, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    It is true. The scent returned last week and made children feel ill. My two children were affected and are still having issues with burning itchy eyes.

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  23. Tony Waterman February 1, 2017 at 2:40 am

    @Ronnie Warren

    !!! Please Comprehend what you read, Jones Said it was not Illnes that caused Childre to go Home, tit was because they had Dental and other Appointments.
    Morris is Saying that it was Illness caused by the Same problem as before.
    One of then is Offering “Alternative Facts” (AKA LIES) that’s whar Mr.Morris is saying.
    @Angus Benn!!! You have just said what i have been saying eversince this thing Started, This Institution was Built in the Late 50’s, becaus I was In the FIRST COHORT that Populated that Building, Prior to that we were in the Huts, and Buildings at St. Anns Fort the Garrison,
    At that time, No one in Barbados as far as i am aware was using “SEPTIC TANKS” and i am aware of at Least 6 WELLS (could be more) on that Property, Now!!! Unless some remedial work was done at that property, and i Doubt it very much, those wells are still ACTIVELY in use, another thing that i am sure of, is that this was one of the first Buildings in Barbados to use “PLASTRIC PIPES” for all or most of the Plumbing, now that was Approx 62 Years ago, my theory is that those PLastic pipes are far past their longevity, and perhaps are Broken and Leaking Underground, and with the effluent seeping into the Earth, thati’s the cause of the Smells in the Building.
    Blockages can also be caused by years of Students flushing Paper from the Hand wipe dispensers dpwn the Toilet, and other types of paper. so my PLEA would be for the powers that be get all the pipes traced and inspected even if it means didding them up, but THERE IS A SEWER LEAK somewhere in that system.

    One other thing i must stress with regard to the Itchy Noses and Teary Eyes, can someone Please Check above the Ceiling for Rat, Bat, and Pigeon Droppings, and whilt you are doing that, can someone/anyone “PLEASE” check if that Roofing is STILL ASBESTOS, that was very PREVALENT as Roofing in the Late 50’s.
    (The Pine, Grazettes, etc)

    BTW!!!! That Property thatCombermere is Built on was “NEVER” a Dump, it was a Canefield all it’d life, part of Waterford Plantation, i should know, i stole enough Canes from them and Codrington across the Road.both before the School was built there, and whilst at school there.
    I am Certain of at Least 1 well on that Property that does NOT function properly, the One Under the Almond Tree by the Principal’s Office, it floods if there is 10 mins of Rain, in my time it Never did that.i had reason to notice that whilst playing Pickup Hockey Games there over the Years.

    1955 to 1957 St.Anns Fort The Garrison
    1958 to 1961 Waterford

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  24. Tony Waterman February 1, 2017 at 2:57 am

    @hcalndre!!! Actually, Mesothelioma is NOT RARE, what is bad about it, is that it Takes around 40 years between exposure and the cancer starting., which means that most people who have Contracted it will die without ever knowing that they had it.
    In the USA In 2013 about 50,000 people had mesothelioma and 34,000 died from the disease.
    What is interesting in Barbados, and 2 years ago, i met some young Reporters at the B’town Port, and i Pointed out to them the Asbestos Roof still in Use Today, and told thwm what a good Story that would make, Unfortunately they could NOT have been too Ambitious, as they never took up my Challenge to them to Investigate it.

    If anyone wants to, they can check out how many Retired Port SHED Workers have died from CANCER, you will be Surprised.

    as far as i am aware there is Still Asbestos Roofing on most of those ORIGINAL Buildings at the PORT, including the Sugar Terminal.

    I watched in Horror as Workers removed the Asbestos from the Fairchild Street Market Building, and that Plywood sheeting that was to Safeguard the people pasing by was quite the Joke as Asbestos Dust floats through the air,mthe Workers Had NO Respirators.

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  25. Hal Austin February 1, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Mikey,

    I am talking about responsibility and professionalism. I am sorry to he is suffering from cancer, but that is no excuse for bad behaviour – especially from a church person.
    As to Calpers, it is the principle of how a trade union can invest its members’ money and, more important, bring pressure to bear on big corporations. Buy shares, attend annual meetings, put CEOs under a lot of pressure, look after members long-term interests..

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  26. Antoinette Sealy February 1, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Excuses, excuses, history lessons, how trade unions should operate, who is the first person to attend the institution etc. etc. etc.. What does all of this have to do with criminals flushing foreign bodies down the toilet bowl with the express purpose of blocking it so that another juicy report can be given to the news media? Yes, these academic criminals should be behind bars at Dodds. They had a trouble-free opportunity to be educated but because they may have a problem with the person or persons to whom they are answerable, they are denying your child and my child the opportunity to be educated.

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  27. Tony Waterman February 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    @Antoinette Sealy!!!!!! How do we know that this Accusation is Not just that an accusation, if you were aware of how the Plumbing is Constructed at Combermere School Like i do, you would want to rethinK That Jonesing..

    all these problems stem from inadiquate or NO Maintenance at that Institution for the last 61 Years, so what do you expect will happen????where is your Remedy.

    at least i with my intimate knowledge of the Building being one of the First there in 1958, am trying to help solve the riddle, and SABOTAGE in NOT in my Vocabulary on this one, but lack of Maintenance is.

    If Minister Jones does Have photo evidence of someone Sabotaging those Pipes, then he shou;ld hand them over to the Police with a FORMAL Criminal Complaint.

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  28. antoinette sealy February 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    My dear Tony
    I would suggest you check with your old school friends who are monitoring the situation. Ask them if toilets in the teachers quarters, the principal’s office and the secretary’s department are flushed into the same septic tank as the students’. The findings revealed, are that criminals stuffed foreign bodies into the toilets these toilets. I leave it to you and Mr. Morris to identify the criminals. You are just hypothesizing . Get your facts. I say without fear of contradiction that you know absolutely nothing about the plumbing at the institution. You bluffing with a lot of nonsense about lack of maintenance etc. The fact remains that there are Jezebels , academic criminals and vagabonds in Waterford.

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