Jones speaks out on Lester Vaughn incident

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Ronald Jones has broken his silence on the Lester Vaughn Secondary School incident, lashing out against members of the public over their treatment of the nation’s young people.

Speaking today at the launch of the Young Women’s Christian Association  (YWCA) inaugural FunFest, Jones accused Barbadians of viciously attacking and “eating” its youth.

He said he was appalled at the vicious onslaught by members of the public towards the students who were involved in the attack.

“This society is eating its young just like a disturbed centipede . . . We are not physically putting them in our mouths, but physically abusing many of our young people denying them those simple things that they need,” he said.

“There has been a whole plethora of negativity. I have not yet seen or heard of a positive activity or solution which can bring some of our young people from the edge of which they sit or stand. I prefer to take a more positive viewpoint in trying to rescue some of those who have or might be exposed or prone to that level of behaviour.”

A video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media, ignited the wrath of parents and educators alike.

While acknowledging that such levels of brutality had no place within the educational system, Jones said that it was the responsibility of the community to get to the root of anger and reinstil the traditional values of respect in the nation’s children.

“Yes, it should have never have happened, that level of brutality should have never been present and should not be around girls or boys for that matter. We have to learn again and again in this country to respect humanity, to respect your blood, to respect your neighbour, to respect your peers,” Jones said.

He blamed the changing attitudes and behaviours exhibited by young children and young adults on their parents and society, arguing that Barbados has tossed the notion of “it takes a village to raise a child” in favour of a more individualistic and self–centred approach.

“The society acted as the holding agent of our children. Today that society has become callous. That society no longer looks at the children belonging to them, they look at the children belong to you and you have to take care of them,” he contended.

He said poor parenting and adults in society who give children mixed messages, assist in confusing the impressionable minds of the youth.

“Parents need to step up to the plate more, that is the bottom line, and then the agencies of the state must step in to help in a genuine way . . . because we have to rescue a set of our young people who are being abused and tossed out right across the system,” he said.

“We have to work and find systems and solutions. The bell is ringing and ringing loudly. We cannot deny that there is violence in our society, we cannot deny that there is more drug use in our society, we can’t deny there is more anger in our society . . . that there are some children who are not protected. Once we move away from denial and face the harsh truth, we will become better on behalf of our children and our parents,” Jones added

The Minister disclosed that the Ministry and the National Parent Teacher Association are currently organising focus groups to tackle the issue of violence in schools.

He said given the urgency of the problem, they are looking to have a plausible solution for the new school term in September.

177 Responses to Jones speaks out on Lester Vaughn incident

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    THE MORE NONSENSE YOU VOMIT THE UGLIER YOU GET YOU IS BEHAVING LIKE A CENTEPEDE

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    • Angel Maria
      Angel Maria May 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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    • Angel Maria
      Angel Maria May 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      murdah

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg May 27, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Lol

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    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes May 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Seriously????

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    • Sandor Barker
      Sandor Barker May 28, 2017 at 12:12 am

      There is no cure for stupid.

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      • Patty May 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

        And we wonder why the youths are so disrespectful?

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    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley May 28, 2017 at 7:07 am

      I hope you all get out there and vote and encourage all the young people who are eligible to vote, and vote these people out, cuz talking and cussing them ain’t going to solve anything, we the people who has the power to fix this mess better be ready to clean house and see the backs of this wasted, useless lot. Barbados has sunk to its lowest and we need to band together and do all in our power to wrestle Barbados from the hands of these 16 destructive, vindictive, worthless people!

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    • Dominique Phillips
      Dominique Phillips May 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Chris Reeves

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  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis May 27, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Bam,Right on target,I know this Johnny would come and throw blame all over Barbados and won’t put it squarely where it belong

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    • Paulette Noel
      Paulette Noel May 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      This man is a high class Johnny

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg May 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Not to mention that he the one who sometime ago referred to the children as demons…but now because the public wants the perpetrators to be held accountable them at fault. ..I can’t with him. …stupes

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    • Kimeko Gittens
      Kimeko Gittens May 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      I here sitting down thinking “wait like he now get up from sleeping Kimmy Slimz

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  3. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield May 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Jones need to stop speaking. Full stop

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  4. Charlene Mcknee
    Charlene Mcknee May 27, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Seriously?

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  5. Ranisha Grant
    Ranisha Grant May 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Wtf I just read…. Is this man sober? Cause he got me lost to what he is saying! I haven’t understand nothing he said yet, but wait, did any of the men and women parents apologize to the victim and her family?

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    • Krystal Reece
      Krystal Reece May 27, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      I honestly think that should be his first step before it said this but hey….. that is my two cents worth… and he talks about “society is eating its young just like a disturbed centipede” but time and time again he and his ministry and the PARENTS have allowed these children to behave like a disturb centipede and haven’t done ANYTHING , for example the incident and Springer Memorial and also children in buses cursing bus men and rocks being thrown at teacher’s car and teachers getting beat from students and children going to school and not doing work and when parents get called in they never show up , so Mr. JONES with all due respect shut up cause you speak nonsense….

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    • Avonda Quintyne-Grant
      Avonda Quintyne-Grant May 27, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Ranisha, not one parent went forward nor try to reach out to the family. That’s the same question I asked Marcia!

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    • Anfaani Henry
      Anfaani Henry May 28, 2017 at 2:19 am

      They won’t because they don’t feel they did anything wrong. That’s why only three have been superficially dealt with.

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    • Ranisha Grant
      Ranisha Grant May 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

      They don’t feel they did anything wrong? Like serious? They are raising bullies, murders and killers tho, how you mean they don’t think they did any thing wrong, they really need to sit down and study where they went wrong in the first place, where the guidance where when the kids needed them, where the love was when they kids need it, all kind of questions they need to sit down and ask they self tho, like father figures etc etc etc…. Just try to find out from where they went wrong… But put the shoe on their foot and I bet it would have been a different outcome if it was their child… And that ass for minister want to talk c**t… Seriously?

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  6. Sonita Antoine
    Sonita Antoine May 27, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Smh

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  7. Veronica Wiggins
    Veronica Wiggins May 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Please for goodness sake give this man a PR person. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent.
    Learn them.

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  8. Curious May 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Mr Jones!!
    Isn’t it you who declared sometime ago that the school children are demon possessed??

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  9. Pauline Lowe
    Pauline Lowe May 27, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    You in talk bout cracking heads

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    • Lynda Bonnett
      Lynda Bonnett May 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      He even call the children ” demon possess…lest we forget

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  10. Sheron Inniss May 27, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    So where do the teachers and the teacher’s union fit into this equation?

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  11. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler May 27, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    He’s the education minister and it took him that long. He’s always quick to comment on other things that have no relationship to the ministry he’s in charge of. Shameful.

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  12. Maville Giddings
    Maville Giddings May 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I had told wanna waite to hear he and his foolish talk nothing make sence

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  13. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos May 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    *pinches self* what on earth did I just read. QueenBee peep here a minute, I need an interpreter

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  14. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill May 27, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Stupseeeee smfh igrance at its fullest .

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  15. Cherieleen Worrell
    Cherieleen Worrell May 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    And Barbadians really want this for another 5 years …stupseeeeeeee smh
    .

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  16. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith May 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I don’t know what to say,I gine sit on this one for a minute.

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    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore May 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      What is so wrong that he said?

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    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith May 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Lisa I have no problem with some parts of his statement like,respect for humanity,poor parenting,parents needing to step up to the plate,having to work to find systems and solutions those are some of the points I totally agree with.
      But when he can come and blame the public for crying out for justice for the school child that was so viciously beaten,that’s where I draw the line,these people in authority need to get tough with these children because they too are adding to the bad behavior of them,you know why they are being soft soap nothing is being done to curb this behavior,if harsher punishment was put in place more than likely things would get better.
      And besides isn’t he the same minister who said a couple years ago that these said children are demon processed,and is he setting a good example when he get in Parliament and get on like a moon donkey?

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    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore May 27, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Not that I’m trying to defend him but I’ve interpreted what he said as positive. My interpretation is that while he understands the outpouring of emotion from society, he’s saying that the approach should be one in which compassion is shown also to the perpretators involved , primarily because of societal conditions that have failed them.

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    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith May 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Lisa I get where you are coming from,but for me the first part of the statement left a lot to be desired.

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    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore May 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      While I get what you’re saying, I find that we have a tendency to be quick at tearing down these ministers. Instead of focusing on the overall statement we will rip into the first piece. If Ronald Jones had said whatever people would still tear into him .

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      • Patty May 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

        I agree with you Lisa…You don’t have to agree with everything a minister says..but I think we are allowing our personal feelings and political feelings to stop us from even being objective anymore…If a present minister of government says something positive, we now seek to cast everything in a negative light. Come on, we are better than this. Things may not be what we want them to be in the country but this vengeance, cursing of ministers and bitterness shows the reason why our society is deteriorating so rapidly…Anger, anger, anger. Let us be more objective

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    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith May 27, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      I for one would not,what these ministers need to do is think before they talk,because sometimes I think half of them don’t have a brain.What he should have started out with is an apology to the child and her parents,he is the Minister of Education,but also from his statement he seem to have no sympathy for the child or parent,he is concentrating more on the perpetrators.

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg May 27, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      I am with you on this Michelle Griffith 100%

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    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore May 28, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Michelle Griffith while I agree that too often things are said in haste, given the objective of article we do not know within what context, the minister was addressing. For intent and purposes he could have been asked a question and was responding to what was asked. What should transpire is an official statement to the victim’s family, by his office.

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  17. Janelle King
    Janelle King May 27, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Telling me Caroline Boxill….

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  18. Waiting May 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    So true, he was very critical of them before but I suppose whats in the air now is responsible for such a comment. For sure the nation needs spiritual guidance and discipline starting in the homes. We need to be less of self and more of Christ.

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  19. Winston Forde
    Winston Forde May 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I think it’ was best that he keep his mouth shut,what positive can be said about the incident,only thank God the young lady is alive,I guess he is vex with the police and magistrate, smh

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    • Winston Forde
      Winston Forde May 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      He should sit and wonder how the parent of that child feel and if the child will recover totally,Lord help us all

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    • Sandor Barker
      Sandor Barker May 28, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Tru tha

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  20. Kayvonne Clarke
    Kayvonne Clarke May 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I didn’t expect nothing different from him that is why some people the way they are let them know a 6 is a # #%cking 6 that is y the parents got to tek the blame

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  21. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    HE SHOULD REMEMBER HE IS SAID THE SCHOOL CHILDREN HAD IN DEMONS AND HAVE NOT SAID A WORD ON BEHALF OF THE VICTIM

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    • lester May 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

      BUT THAT IS THE TRUTH, THE BEHAVIOUR IS DEMONIC WHY ATTACK THE MAN, ITS A HOME GROWN PROBLEM, PARENTS ARE OUT DRINKING WUTLESSING BOUT AND RAISING MONSTERS DEAL WITH THE TRUTH

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      • Patty May 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        The minister has a point, there are a lot of people today who are demon possessed…

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  22. Bernard Pinder
    Bernard Pinder May 27, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    The problem talking bout the problem what a jackass

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  23. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata May 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Asshole

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    • Macmood Tata
      Macmood Tata May 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      N d as complimenting d idiot

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    • mR mAN May 28, 2017 at 10:09 am

      LMAO

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  24. Ejam May 27, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    THIS HAB BEEN IN THE MAKING FOR A LONG TIME.NOW THE BLINDERS ARE OFF?!

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  25. Paulette Noel
    Paulette Noel May 27, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    It seems one of these children that beat up d woman child related to he. He in say one word yet to defend d victim. Smfh. If at least one of these parents and reply and apologize for d children act it would be a difference. I don’t know why Jones don’t keep he mouth shut cause he don’t know what to say.

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  26. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen May 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Ronold put you face in de corner at de back of the class ya ass before I pelt this board cleaner at you.

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  27. Harri Crich
    Harri Crich May 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Mr. Jones

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  28. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose May 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Dude your are an ass! your party is asses! and yalls asses! will be voted out of power.
    No of you DLP serfs ever take onus for anything! and that is hallmark of poor leadership stups.

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  29. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles May 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    This man for real. Up till now none of the parents of the attackers went and apologize to the girl or her parents. And he will go and talk this rubbish
    The children are out of control and now that we can’t discipline them it’s going to reek more havoc. And as for technology its going to continue. We can’t control what people take or put on social media. But since its there the it should be addressed. So don’t sit their and talk sh*te ……ITS THERE

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  30. Glendon Ashby
    Glendon Ashby May 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Is it the case that people don’t like the messenger?! His points has merits, I am yet to read anyone challenge what was said in the article. The fact is, they are no winners in this situation; the victim nor the guilty parties.

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    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes May 28, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Most of these comments are from people who tend to be politically blind…Its very sad.

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor May 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Amen

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    • Janelle Marshall
      Janelle Marshall May 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Glendon I agree with you full 100%. Alot of these people who are tearing down the ministers comments seem to have a personal agenda or political rather than open their closed minds and listen and like you said not one have given a rebuttal that is worth listening to. Everybody wants to blame the government and the minister before they offer solutions that work. I couldn’t care less who party in or out. The young generation needs help and until people can separate blue from red, yellow, green and pink we will never find solutions.

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    • Glendon Ashby
      Glendon Ashby May 28, 2017 at 10:20 am

      One of the challenges we face in this country is our ability to be free thinkers. We need to seek innovative and collaborative soultions to problems.

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    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens May 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

      First time in a while Jones said somethings I can truly agree on this time have to get to the bottom, root of the anger in this society

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    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes May 28, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Question is did they read the the article or they just commenting base on the headline?

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    • Janelle Marshall
      Janelle Marshall May 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

      I think they just comment that way because it’s Jones

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  31. Aillan Doan
    Aillan Doan May 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Just when you thought that he could not spew out any more rubbish. Blam…. He did it again

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  32. Angel Maria
    Angel Maria May 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Hear! Hear! Mr. Minister…. Some of them were even calling the people children “demons” and talking about how we need to “crack heads”….oh shoot, wait, never mind…..

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  33. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen May 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    fa true Mr jones when de Tuesdays come and ya all get in de highest court and carry on not fa getting ya all does be live.so tell me were the get it from.

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  34. Philip Irie Clement
    Philip Irie Clement May 27, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    You see now why crime on the rise… I am the father of a secondary school child.. So I gave utmost respect to the parents of that little girl. For taking the path of the law ..As for me none of them won’t make it to court.. And this fucking idiot Jones would have to change his out look …. So sick of this system

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  35. Milli Watt May 27, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    keep talking minister, I especially like when Inniss and Kellman talk this combination will mean the DLP in the doldrums for at least 15 years by that time most a dem will be geriatrics and the party can rum clowns with BIGGER NOSES!!!!!!!!!!! de man is a idiot

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  36. Lanceford Skeete
    Lanceford Skeete May 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    It’s ppl like this who give them power to do foolishness.

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  37. Cecilia Millar
    Cecilia Millar May 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Smh

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  38. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde May 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    MINISTER JONES,DO ME A FAVOUR.KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT,THE MORE YOU TALK,I CAN SEE YOUR ASININE BEHAVIOUR

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  39. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte May 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    You may not like messenger but the message is the truth.

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  40. Alex Alleyne May 27, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Jonesie boy I din know you still in BIM.

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  41. Marcelle Nicole Caine
    Marcelle Nicole Caine May 27, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    All this coming from some1 who once said the youth have in Demons etc Who was he eating up with that comment. After that I found it hard to understand anything else from him. It’s was a brutal act and that mother such not have to seek medical care on her own… This generation may have issue and poor problem solving skills but they need to learn There are harsh consequences to such actions

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  42. Sabrina Ifill
    Sabrina Ifill May 27, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Willz RD

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    • Willz RD
      Willz RD May 28, 2017 at 7:58 am

      I on it coz he cud only be ah big…….Johnny walker does drink smooth ya.

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  43. Yvette Fenty
    Yvette Fenty May 27, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    This is not the first instance at this school or any others for that fact….this bullying happens daily and many kids have suffered and is still.suffering..and the parents are out of their minds with what has happened to their kids with no satisfaction coming from the principal. .police…ministry of education or otherwise

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  44. Joan Worrell May 27, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I am sorry for the young lady who is incarcerated at the moment. I am sure she doesn’t have access to the Internet to ”blind’ Jones with cuss like most of you. My only hope is that when a character report is called for by the magistrate, that generally she is a good behaved child. She is 16 years old. Soon time for her to get a job. Where will she work if she gets a conviction? Will she work on a ZR where many workers have several convictions? And then she will have children who will be parented by a criminal? What a vicious cycle of violence!!!!!

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  45. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker May 27, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Is this the same Minister that said the young ppl have demons?
    Is this the same Minister that talk about cracking heads?
    Is this the same Minister that said the young ppl keep to much noice at Queen Park?

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  46. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker May 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    These ppl crazy. Can someone please call elections. Everyday another clown from DEMS Circus and they are not selling no corn dogs just crap dogs.

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  47. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker May 27, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Mr Minister

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  48. Sonia Hayde
    Sonia Hayde May 28, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Don’t cry for me Argentina

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  49. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell May 28, 2017 at 12:15 am

    This idiot always got things backward…yuh know instead of eating the youth as he said..they should eat he Ronald Jones..didnt he say some while that they were demon possessed?

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  50. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma May 28, 2017 at 12:15 am

    “There has been a whole plethora of negativity. I have not yet seen or heard of a positive activity or solution which can bring some of our young people from the edge of which they sit or stand. I prefer to take a more positive viewpoint in trying to rescue some of those who have or might be exposed or prone to that level of behaviour.””

    You are a liar and a joke, Ronald Jones! I have approached the Ministry of Education with a solution and I don’t think it was even considered! If it was, it was dismissed!!

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  51. Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Come on guys we as a people are in a SUNKEN PLACE. It is difficult to tell a person far-less show him who has a job receiving crumbs that he is in a sunken place. This milk and coconut cookies “minister” is actually a selfish, manipulative, deceitful person playing psychological games. For this man to agree that john public is right to condemn the behavior of the school children will bring him into being ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE for all of this trail of sheep $hit which he sat and help to create. So the best thing to do is to appear to be defending the behavior of the students and go against the public and do this hopscotch dance. I will keep saying this, that the education, HISTORIANS, churches and the judiciary systems are the downfall of this people. MANY of our young people and adults are totally lost and in need of a spiritual OVERHAUL.

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 1:21 am

      He thinks that he has successfully aimed the gun barrel at the public and parents thereby escaping the bullet. But he will be one of the sitting ducks.

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  52. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke May 28, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Mr Jones you called the school children demons. Mr Jones you better get it together.

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  53. Jason Agard
    Jason Agard May 28, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Wait Jones when u was talking about cracking heads and breaking bones who u was talking bout not young people u gin mad or something wrong with u head msg me back pun FB and let me know

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  54. Sybil Marshall
    Sybil Marshall May 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

    He would be better off telling the public how many guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists are deployed across the system to work with these very troubled youth and their equally troubled parents from a very troubled society to determine the root of the problem. What is he doing apart from giving them access to technology and spewing unintelligible gibberish?

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  55. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry May 28, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Talk talk and more long talk. No action.

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  56. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome May 28, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Wait wait wait…Mr. Minister the children don’t have demons anymore???
    Your views have a convenient way of changing to suit the tide. I hope Barbadians are watching. Because we hold you in high regard thus, you are an elected one. But whenever you see fit you get in a public arena say things to try to be relevant but what we the people really hear is Bull***t. You should really just stop speaking at all take a page from your leader.

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  57. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 28, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Ronald Jones. I got a few questions for you.

    1. Who has the biggest influence on charting the way that a society should go?

    2. Is the prosperity of a society not a reflection of its leadership

    3. Is the financial situation that Barbados finds itself in, where structural adjustment means mass layoffs and reforms in government spending must be made in order to help the large fiscal deficit Barbados face, not a factor that has resulted in hardships for many families.

    4. Therefore, if a family is not in a position to give, to feed, to cloth, etc, do you not expect that society will reach a breakpoint where desperate people end up doing desperate things?

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  58. jrsmith May 28, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Bajans is still wasting time on our politicians , we all know when they open they mouths it as like pain for our black population…
    Not only in this matter but ,our politicians dont care, because its (Black on Black) look at everything else which has failed ……
    I doubt if any of our politicians spend any time viewing the video,,,
    If the kid who got assaulted was white and the others were black , you would have seen the whole government turn out on this matter , to clear it up ASAP.. sad for our people ………………

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  59. Puppa Weekes May 28, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Mr Jones you can’t be looking at aspects of society that are gone never to return, all solutions have to be based on the present conditions that young persons are exposed to. Our communities are distinctly different from what they use to be, in family structure,housing,school environment etc. Looking for a solution based on the past is just pointless and it shows a complete misunderstanding of your current situation.

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  60. Sheryl Smith May 28, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Elections is coming and switching mouts is nothing new…e.g. Manifesto, Political Meeting & Door-to-Door canvassing.

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  61. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis May 28, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I am with Jones on this one. Our society is failing the youth of this country. The leaders, including Jones, and the adults are setting no proper examples.

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  62. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde May 28, 2017 at 6:54 am

    When ministers don’t speak its a blessing …..just saying !

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  63. Enna S
    Enna S'ange May 28, 2017 at 6:55 am

    What a blurrrr…..

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  64. harry turnover May 28, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Jones STOP WUKING UP..you think people YOUNG PEOPLE FOOLISH or wha ?
    YOU ARE the MINISTER RESPONSIBLE for EDUCATION and YOU were the ONE that talked about …SHOOTING PEOPLE and CRACKING HEADS and SCHOOL CHILDREN HEARD YOU…YOU WERE THE ONE WHO SAID THAT SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE DEMON POSSESSED and they HEARD YOU TOO.
    Why therefore as MINISTER of EDUCATION didn’t you secure the services of Priests and others to help CAST OUT THOSE DEMONS ?and YOU as MINISTER responsible for SCHOOLS had NO RIGHT to use the words SHOOTING PEOPLE and CRACKING HEADS in ANY SPEECH that is heard by the PUBLIC ,,,BECAUSE those are THE WORDS some CHILDREN and some ADULTS would remember MORE among the others.
    So don’t put the blame on Parents and society…..the BLAME lies at YOU.

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  65. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor May 28, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Bajans are unbelieveable…. Since everyone entitled to their own opinion, I will go and sip some tea boa!

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  66. Maria Paul
    Maria Paul May 28, 2017 at 7:46 am

    My Jones you mean the children that you once called “Demons”?

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  67. lester May 28, 2017 at 7:46 am

    After reading most of the comments i smell BLP supporters, also the confirmation of what Mr. Jones is saying, check the comments,
    insults, cursing etc and i suspect 95% of the comments coming from parents, this is disgraceful, btw the parents got demons TOOO

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  68. Watchful warrior May 28, 2017 at 7:50 am

    “This society is eating its young just like a disturbed centipede . . . We are not physically putting them in our mouths, but physically abusing many of our young people denying them those simple things that they need,” he said.

    “There has been a whole plethora of negativity. I have not yet seen or heard of a positive activity or solution which can bring some of our young people from the edge of which they sit or stand. I prefer to take a more positive viewpoint in trying to rescue some of those who have or might be exposed or prone to that level of behaviour.

    Mr. Minister YOU called the children demons and demon possessed … YOU have been silent when the parent of tgis young girl said tgat the Miniatry of Education cannot so anything about the violence this girl faced

    There havent been a plethora of negativity …. There have have been the citizens of Barbados speaking out…and we are speaking out again… You need to resign…your distain for your ministry and your basic lack of emphaty says everything …

    You blame the parents but yet adults went and break up a skate rink that children were having fun with… The Hypocrisy is 100%

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  69. Willz RD
    Willz RD May 28, 2017 at 7:56 am

    This is de same brass……….whole man who get pun camera and seh school children demon possessed? De same man who has been dragging school children thru de education Eddoes for years? There is nothing the education minister can tell me that I’d acknowledge with respect. He is a disgraced individual who insults those whom he was sworn to look after. De public rightfully dragged a mob of students who almost killed a girl by kicking and stomping on her. Why it took you almost two weeks after ta Crack heads….sorry I mean brek u silence? We figuratively eating children and you literally eating alpine chow. Then again, I know this is all for his ego, as is always the case for ministers when they get on stages and wax baseless rhetoric.

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  70. bk May 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    The way some of ya’ll people talking you would think that school children now start fighting, cursing etc. This has been going on for YEARS!!! Instead of some of you actually talking on the issues and coming together to find solutions, all ya hearing is politics, as if a change in govt can solve this problem. We have had students stabbed up and died, bust heads and the like, so this aint now start, we need to stop being so emotional.

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  71. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith May 28, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Really!!!!! So they don’t have demons no more ? Did you see how them beat that woman daughter ? Yes she is somebody daughter. #wrong is wrong

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  72. Randolph May 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Is this the same man who stood up in Parliament and encouraged violence?shooting people and cracking heads?What a hypocrite.

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  73. tsquires May 28, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Good morning to all, most of you have made useful contributions, although none of you will bell the real cat. Some weeks ago I said in this forum that every system around the world is broken, the foundation of every woman, man and child depends on our Spiritual Awareness! However whether Christian, Moslem or other faith’s they all follow a religious messenger, while those of us who follow the Spiritual message of “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart”. Love thy neighbor as thyself” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. These three principles of Spiritual Awareness have been abandoned by all religions, simply because religions are man made doctrines to meet the needs those people see as being important to their particular WANTS. People get wise you are following men not God. GOD has never been made flesh but is in every living being and non-being as flesh or otherwise. I will say no more in this forum except to repeat what was said in my first post, let those who wish come and debate with me? As this ONE worldwide fiasco is the PROBLEM, because there are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

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  74. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Ha ha ha. Most of the above comments give me the impression that they are written by people of similar mentality to the 16 year old Lester Vaughn student who is now incarcerated. If expletives were allowed on this Comments column , the comments would fill a page. It is a sad situation.

    I am convinced that most of you have either not read the article or understood what you have read. Yes, cuss Jones but if you are a responsible parent or parent-to-be, you would pay attention to the following Quote ”A video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media, ignited the wrath of parents and educators alike.

    While acknowledging that such levels of brutality had no place within the educational system, Jones said that it was the responsibility of the community to get to the root of anger and reinstil the traditional values of respect in the nation’s children.

    “Yes, it should have never have happened, that level of brutality should have never been present and should not be around girls or boys for that matter. We have to learn again and again in this country to respect humanity, to respect your blood, to respect your neighbour, to respect your peers,” Jones said.

    He blamed the changing attitudes and behaviours exhibited by young children and young adults on their parents and society, arguing that Barbados has tossed the notion of “it takes a village to raise a child” in favour of a more individualistic and self–centred approach.

    “The society acted as the holding agent of our children. Today that society has become callous. That society no longer looks at the children belonging to them, they look at the children belong to you and you have to take care of them,” he contended.

    He said poor parenting and adults in society who give children mixed messages, assist in confusing the impressionable minds of the youth. Ends Quote.

    Has that message touched your raw nerves? Your reaction to the message says a lot. It is the same type of behaviour displayed when your child is reprimanded at school. You ”blind the administration with cuss”. My suggestion to you young people, go to evening classes and learn the basics in English Language . You seem not to be able to master ”Comprehension” . When are able to handle that aspect of the English language, then you can return to the Barbados Today ”Comments” columns and offer constructive criticisms of articles which are published. My heart bleeds for you and the Lester Vaughn students.

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  75. Hobbs Pauline
    Hobbs Pauline May 28, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Wait he now the de news

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  76. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer May 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

    It would have been a good thing if he had continued beening silence.
    I think before he speaks, all he has to say should be edited. For a Minister of Education he is embarrassing because he sounds ignorant. None of his people can’t caution him? The rest of the world probably wondering where these jokers come from.
    For goodness sake Jones. Do yourself and Barbados a favour. “Keep your big mouth close.” It would be much appreciated.

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  77. bajan b May 28, 2017 at 10:29 am

    what an idiot

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  78. Cecilia Millar
    Cecilia Millar May 28, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Too late shall be the cry

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    • Cecilia Millar
      Cecilia Millar May 28, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Unna wait till the horse get out the stable now wanna bolt the gate ???? He already gone tho wunna been fast asleep

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  79. Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 10:33 am

    To recognize this ba$tar* language (English) in which we speak and the use of expletive is just another example of our ignorance as a people. A language in which you was given by your master. All made up words and semantics to keep you all moist and placid in your wilful ignorance. To find your true language go and look up the origin of the words cum ba yah, which your ancestors sang coming off the boats. And find out your true language. Then we beat children to speak the same rubbish language for that sweet education, and get rid the of their MOTHER tongue. No other nationality does this, keep enslaved in your ignorance of the mind and keep instituting man made laws and not the laws of your holy elohim. This is why we are like this, destroyed from the core outwards.

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      @Bk – well said. None of this looks good. Nuff talk and no solutions. Its like this people was designed to self destruct, thereby leaving out dealing with the pertinent facts which is destroying this people from the top down. NONE OF THESE POLITICIANS ARE FOR THIS PEOPLE, NOT ONE. Self gain only. We are currently in the majority and until we as a people find our roots there will be no change what so ever – mark my words. This is NEARLY 400YRS of being held captives in the same position being beast of burdens. Oh yes you have gone no where. We have embrace a dummy/fictitious language, culture (wuk up brigade), names, nationality, religion, holidays, straight hair etc of the oppressor and we have become proud with our ignorance and bathes in it like pigs in mud keeping cool. Why did not the politicians try to implement and have taught and restored our original language in schools etc that was beaten out of our ancestors. Instead the oppressor rubbish – English, Spanish, french, German, Italian etc. Getting you all civilized and wukking in THEM establishments. This is why we continue to grope in darkness without any head lights.
      Good reads – From babylon to timbuk tu, hidden in plain sight, into egypt again with ships, Josephus, the valley of dry bones, IDENTITY reset the future of black wealth and Deborah and Barak. All from amazon and some from our local library.
      WITHOUT KNOWING YOUR PASS, YOUR FUTURE IS LOST.

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  80. Bobo May 28, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Ref to R Jones– “”the pervert””facts of reality -equals- good intelligence was never your call- hence, a wrong decision to be Minister of Education-Barbados -Eduacation development is in a mess– the children are bored–the “”out of date “”teachers don’t care– because at month end — payday

    R Jones A responsible person serving the public-during conflicts–get the facts from both sides– -find a soluble solution before you give a public statement.
    I personally don’t blame the locals — because if you don’t know of your true history– constitutional rights–how can you advise and guide a life– hence the majority remain in ignorance- fear and anger.

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  81. Bobo May 28, 2017 at 10:59 am

    R Jones–since in office you have done nothing for the eduication development– you refuse to take proper advise to move forward the curriculum ( to fit in with 21 st century requirements) instead your positive respond is to insult the locals and the said children– _

    F Stuart –cares about the locals please remove RJones from office without a pension– he has ruined our ancestors foundation — Barbados education development — the best in th region.

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  82. Jalisa Edghill
    Jalisa Edghill May 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Sparkles Wentt

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  83. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 11:35 am

    @Jennifer
    I can’t believe what I have read, coming from you. Even animals have good comprehension skills. Whether you speak cum ba yah or not, you should be able to comprehend. Lord Have His Mercy this bright Sunday morning. You don’t even understand that it is ‘Kum ba Yah” which we all sang at elementary school and not cum ba yah. ”Cum” as in Cum laude (with distinction) is of Latin origin and not whatever bastard language you trying to promote. No wonder young Barbadians are so helpless in expressing themselves and resort to expletives to say what is on their minds.

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  84. Angela Chase
    Angela Chase May 28, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Two mouth two faced two edged_sword…one minute the children got demons, next minute we r literally eating them alive

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  85. Angela Chase
    Angela Chase May 28, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Keep on jonesing ya gine get jonesOUT!!!!!

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  86. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 11:55 am

    @Jennifer
    I would like you to listen to debates from the United Nations and tell me if you hear any African representative use a word in Swahili, Yoruba , Igbo, Shona or Zulu. They express themselves, using the English language better than Theresa May of the United Kingdom. Stop fooling young Barbadians that you have an alternative to the language which they speak. Smoking herb and talking rubbish all in the name of some African deity is the root of most our problems in the home and in the schools.

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      @joan Worrell – I agree with you, and there is reasons for this as the picture is much wider. When you are in Rome you have to do as the Romans do. The UN, trilateral commission, bilderberg group, G7 etc is all the same people who control and dictate the entire earth and the people in it. So things have to go according them as you are on their stage playing to their tunes. This rabbit hole is very, very deep and until we as a people stop drinking their portions and see the reality of this situation we will never come into any light. All of those countries knows their history which is very important to their development as a people. It is people like you who is aiding and abetting the stagnation of this people.

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  87. JM May 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    @Joan Worrell (9:19 am)……Total agreement!!

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      you would, would’nt you.

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      • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        This is why black on black crime, divorce, single parent homes, teenage pregnancies, drug use, gun crime, STD’s, is so much higher above all other people’s who know their nationalities/history. go look it up don’t take my word. Fragmentation is the problem.

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  88. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    @Jennifer
    Comprehension has absolutely nothing to do with the language you speak Even animals have good comprehension skills. Unfortunately you made reference to cum ba yah, not realizing that the correct term is ‘Kum ba yah”. ”Cum” as in cum laude (with distinction) is of Latin origin. I would suggest that you encourage some of the contributors to this column, to read and understand the content of the articles before using social media one-liners in response , which are irrelevant to the topic.

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  89. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    @jennifer
    You have me cracking up this morning with your responses. Wuh loss , muh belly!! Your words quote ” All of those countries knows their history which is very important to their development as a people. It is people like you who is aiding and abetting the stagnation of this people.”’ends quote. Why are you writing in English? Why aren’t you blogging on a Yoruba Website where you wouldn’t understand a word of what they are saying. Get real muh girl. Lots of African girls are wearing more donkey hair than Bajan girls. They no longer want to look musty like some of the Bajans who are wanna-be Africans. Look at what is going on in Africa… Quote ”South Africa is marketed to the world as Mandela’s rainbow nation, where everyone is proud of their race and heritage. But for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black.

    A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in this country but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want “white skin”.
    Local musician Nomasonto “Mshoza” Mnisi, now several shades lighter, says her new skin makes her feel more beautiful and confident.

    She has been widely criticised in the local media and social networking sites for her appearance but the 30-year-old says skin-bleaching is a personal choice, no different from breast implants or a having nose job.
    Nomasonto Mnisi: Before & After
    Image caption Nomasonto Mnisi before and after.
    Part of it is a self-esteem issue and I have addressed that and I am happy now Nomasonto Mnisi, Musician

    “I’ve been black and dark-skinned for many years, I wanted to see the other side. I wanted to see what it would be like to be white and I’m happy,” she says candidly. Ends Quote..

    Is this the African History to which you referred, Jennifer?

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Poor people. And poor you. The thing is that if we were not so white washed with lies and swallowing all of it i.e that all blacks are African and have been placed them into the same hametic basket then we as a people would realize who we are. It is the same way that this people who now call themselves black bajan/barbadian was brought here and scattered to every island and continent on the earth by the white race and the Saharan slave traders. Mental destruction is a sure disability and a lot of us have it. What brand of sunscreen were they using in EGYPT 3000yrs ago seeing sun tan lotion is a relatively new thing. Who would bleach their skin removing their GOD GIVEN MELANIN TO THEN ONLY WALK ABOUT AT NIGHT OR WEAR A CHEMICAL TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE SUN. Sick. That shows a destroyed mind and heavy brainwashing. Mind you a lot of whites are injection themselves with melanin injections. go look it up. Adam was made from the DUST of the ground. You stop there.

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  90. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier May 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    A couple years ago the youths were told that heads would have to crack people would have to be shot

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  91. Kara Wiltshire
    Kara Wiltshire May 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Love it!!!

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  92. Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    It is all relevant to the topic, and will explain a lot of this people behavior, both children and adults and as I have said there is a root and a missing link and until this is found there will be NO END TO ANY OF THIS NONSENSE. And you can keep watching for more too.

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  93. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron May 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    First time this man speak with sense and truth.
    Some parents and adults causing these problems. The government the teacher the church we need as adults to look at ourselves and messages we put out there to children.
    With that said Dem still gotta go.

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  94. Alex Alleyne May 28, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    @Jennifer 12:33pm, you forget the “JAIL HOUSE” .

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  95. Sherry Coleman
    Sherry Coleman May 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Mr. Jones could hush his mouth though, wasn’t it said Mr. Jones who not too long said that the children had demons in them. Talk bout hypocrisy! If It was his child that was the recipient of that beating I wonder if his response would be this obvious nonsense he is spewing. Long hard Stupesssssssss!

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  96. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    @jennifer
    Is your 12.49 post meant to explain the reason for African girls wearing more donkey hair and skin cream than Bajan girls who don’t know thier history?

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  97. jrsmith May 28, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    @,Jennifer , hail, hail, your (12.49) the root and missing link is here…. The minister has now return from whence he came, poor chap took a good bashing ….. some shots fired at the donkey hair and the skin bleaching…. do you think us blacks is now ready for an introduction to our (Black Jesus)…………..

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      jrsmith – well stated. The brain washing is a serious problem. No one who is happy with self will want to be IN GRAFTED/integrated INTO someone else race. And to your last question NO, the brainwashing is too deep, mind you the said bible explicitly states he was a black man, from the house of JUDAH.

      @Joan worrell – look up the destruction of the African race by the Europeans and 400yrs without a comb on you tube. And if you are a black person make sure you have your tissues handy. Ignorance is not bliss in this day and age. The so called African brain wash and this people too. Blame the adults, not the children.

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  98. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    @Jennifer
    Look at what 400 years without a comb is resulting in. China is rearing more donkeys to get more hair for the African market.

    According to estimates, Africa’s dry hair market — that is, the market for weaves, wigs and hair extensions — is currently worth over $6 billion a year and growing quite rapidly.

    And there appears to be good reason for the mind-blowing size of Africa’s hair market.

    Studies reveal that black women are willing to spend at least double the amount on hair and beauty products than white women.

    On a continent where over 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, the business of beauty, especially hair products, is experiencing a significant boom.

    Every year, the value of trade in shampoos, relaxers and hair lotions in Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon is over $1.1 billion. This figure does not even include sales in other 40+ Sub-Saharan countries.

    And according to Euromonitor International, the market for liquid haircare products in Africa will continue to grow at a 5 percent rate between 2013 and 2018.

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Yes joan, true, but why????? brainwashing, and lack of history which will result in the absence of self love. Hair is a 9 billion dollar industry with blacks as the consumers.

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  99. Camb May 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Some children have so much of every thing at their disposal yet they are so angry… why? If u speak to some of them they cuss you real bad and want to lick ya down….I find that some parents are not raising children to be respectful….right now the world is letting children rule them…some go so far as to say my mother can tell me what to do..should that be happening…. Who is to blame?..

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  100. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte May 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I heard his message And its one calling for redemption, forgiveness and correction. He argues that this crowd we have is raised by parents who have lost the value along the wayand therefore unable to show their kids the needed guidance. As a social service worker i see his point of let us start at home, but when kids hurt kids to the point of almost killing the child. We have to hold those children accountable, the parents and children must accept responsibility and offer an apology and then we heal as a nation… until then, we remain in the cross road ….
    Going forward however, let us raise our kids like we do our gardens… we nourish, water, tend and spend time In your gardens… don’t replace your love with things

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  101. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    @Camb.
    We are on the same page. However I digressed a bit with Jennifer to point out to her that our African heritage is irrelevant to the topic since the same disruptive behaviour, violence, disrepect for teachers etc. exist in African schools . The problem is universal and social scientists are at their wits end to find a solution. Some of them have given up saying that no two children behave in identical manner and hence the parent/guardian should use whatever method he/she thinks is correct to discipline the child.

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  102. jrsmith May 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Blame the politicians for everything, if they would share with us things would be different.. There isn’t anything wrong with the world, its what people is doing to people, the kids is seeing it all playing out ….. and what is being offered to them ……………..

    @, Joan W, hail, hail, your (2.50) good shot on the button, and the generated wealth,is on its way to ( Haven) number one……..

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Jrsmith – we can blame the politicians all we want but if they too are blinded like the rest of the masses as they are we will be going no where at all. All we will CONTINUE to do is to come out of their education system and work for our oppressors, just like those politicians are doing. And anyone who think that those politicians do not play to the pipers tune your head is seriously in la la land and on a fantasy island.

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      • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm

        Bottom line is that we as a black community need our men up in this fight/was. Our men was destroyed mentally and broken down to nothing, with many of them holding back seat positions in the home due to bullying and just to make peace, as the women literally wearing the pants. When there is a battle the men is who should go to war, and this is a war that we have been fighting nearly 400yrs.

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        • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm

          fight/war

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  103. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    @Valerie Hoyte
    You speak not only as a social worker but also as a mother, whether you have children or not. The mothers of the aggressor and the victim are grieving today. I am sure they are both asking why it had to be my child but for different reasons. I hope that the mother of the aggressor can reach out to mother of the victim by whatever channel is possible (via a lawyer) and offer compensation within her means. Yes, I deliberately mentioned mothers only instead of parents because mothers are the ones who know what it is to bring a child into this world. Surely the fathers can play their part to bring an early resolution to the problem. I would also hope that whenever the case is called in court, a friend of the court ( amicus curiae ) will offer information that will assist the magistrate in being as lenient as possible in his/her judgement. Obviously she is a misguided youth but she will be doomed for life with a conviction at this stage of her development. Six months at a reform school without a conviction would be ideal punishment for her senseless act.

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  104. Michele Richards
    Michele Richards May 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    A few years ago, Didn’t he say that the children were demons? Now the parents are to blame? Maybe some of the parents are to blame, but the reality is that children/youth exercise “choice” no matter the sound Christian values & morals instilled in the home.

    My solution? Wake them up on mornings and send your children to Sunday school! Send them to church! And come to church yourself!
    Don’t compromise God’s truth or your values!
    Don’t lie for them!
    Don’t belittle the teachers, Police, or authority figures in front of them.
    Check their bags!
    Check their “friends”!
    Talk to them!….about school, their life, anything, but keep the channels open!
    Do family devotions even if it’s for 10 min…….Just pray with and for them.
    Discipline them……including with the belt as the Good Book says!
    And continue to love them in spite of everything.

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  105. Maxine Seales
    Maxine Seales May 28, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    They should not do that

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  106. Glendon D. Barrow
    Glendon D. Barrow May 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    A juvenile system improved

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  107. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    @Michelle

    My dictionary describes ”demon” as someone who plans and executes reckless mischief. The adjective is demonic. Wouldn’t you say that the three Lester Vaughn students were little demons when they pummeled and kicked the victim? And wouldn’t you describe their behaviour as demonic?

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  108. Annie May 28, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Somebody please tell this man to shut the heck up. Full stop.

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  109. Ossie Moore May 28, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    To quote the Bajans : well ! well ! well !

    I’m not even going to address this moron as Minister of Education, Science and technology Ronald Jones , I’m just going to call him Ronald Jones because I cannot believe that a Minister ” especially ” of Education can be that dumb.

    Ronald is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. out of one side of his mouth he is saying that :

    { “This society is eating its young just like a disturbed centipede . . . We are not physically putting them in our mouths, but physically abusing many of our young people denying them those simple things that they need ” }

    Then out of the side of his mouth he is saying to quote commenter SANDOR BARKER and some others that:

    (a) the young ppl have demons?
    (b) about cracking heads?
    (c) the young ppl keep to much noice at Queen Park?

    And to Janelle Marshall and Glendon If you guys and others agree a full 100% with Ronald Jones and if you think that “:

    { ” A lot of these people who are tearing down the ministers comments seem to have a personal agenda or political rather than open their closed minds and listen “and like you said not one have given a rebuttal that is worth listening to. Everybody wants to blame the government and the minister before they offer solutions that work. I couldn’t care less who party in or out ” }

    Then ! Why don’t his supporters come out in his defense on the comment board and support their man ? Remember the best defense is a good offense . . . . . and Ro Jones need a strong offensive line right now.

    also remember that 1000 Frenchmen can’t be wrong !

    Brandie Butler
    May 28, 2017 at 1:19 amthat :

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    • Patty May 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      oh, but my friend you are wrong…one thousand Frenchmen can be wrong. It has been proven time and time again. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man….but the ends thereof are the ways of death.

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  110. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I can sense that same people using different names are posting the same rubbish about demons and crackheads instead of reading the article and offering constructive criticisms. The language is identical. It is poor social media expression.

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  111. DE May 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    It is persons like him, who take away all the powers and the rights of the school authorities, give it to the pupils and then he expect better. He himself is a bully and it is him the students are emulating.

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    • Camb May 29, 2017 at 1:42 am

      @DE ….you are so right ..I keep looking for a no nonsense school that is why I can’t find none…

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  112. Lorenzo May 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Joan Worrell if you are not a Dem as I have stated before why you on hear criticizing people for being critical of Mr Jones?saying that people using different handles to criticize him.Mr Jones has spoken about children being demonic,cracking heads,insulting headteachers in the presence of schoolchildren saying the Heads do not own the schools etc so he deserves all the criticism he is getting.The other question is why has it taken two weeks for him to speak on this matter and as usual you are here trying to defend him and your party.You are unbelievable if she was your daughterwould you feel the same talking about not giving the perpertrator a conviction after they almost killed that young lady,you too need help,instead of defending the Government.

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  113. Joan Worrell May 29, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Lorenzo

    For God’s sake, please read and understand the English language. I posted the following ……..My dictionary describes ”demon” as someone who plans and executes reckless mischief. The adjective is demonic. Wouldn’t you say that the three Lester Vaughn students were little demons when they pummeled and kicked the victim? And wouldn’t you describe their behaviour as demonic?……..Where in that comment did I criticize anyone for being critical of Jones? Furthermore, throughout this exchange of views on this çomments’ column, I concentrated on the message rather than the messenger whereas people like you, were concentrating on big-nose Jones, crack-head Jones, two-mouth Jones etc etc. which don’t speak to the issue of falling standards in schools and more to the point, the incident at Lester Vaughn School. I offered suggestions. If you are acting as a mouthpiece for someone, ask the person to provide you with information to counter anything which I said previously. I admire Jennifer for her input to the discussion although I don’t see eye to eye with everything she says. She has views of her own. Can’t say the same about you and the others.

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  114. Lorenzo May 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Joan Worrell I understand English better than you,but I know a Dem when I read their comments You said people were using different handles to criticize mr Jones which tells me that you believe that a particular group is posting more than once under a different name.Why can,t it be that all of these persons are dissatisfied with Mr Jones?Then you end your reply with nonsense about the message and not the messenger.The messenger is a big part of the problem in case you did not know.As for your childish comments about being the mouth piece of someone,i have always been my own man and when I speak in this forum,i am representing myself,so be very clear I speak for no one can you say the same.

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  115. joan Worrell May 29, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Lorenzo
    Your words “‘Why can,t it be that all of these persons are dissatisfied with Mr Jones?” Man, your foot is in your mouth. Yes, I believe that they are all dissatisfied with Jones and that is why ignored the message just like you. Man, you are a hopeless debater.

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