Jones supports father facing assault charges over bullied son

A father who is facing a number of charges stemming from angry visits to Christ Church Foundation School and Deighton Griffith Secondary School, today received the support of Minister of Education Ronald Jones.

Jones told reporters on the fringes of the launch of a sixth form programme at The Ellerslie School that the Ricardo Ameka Callender he knew was a level-headed man whose alleged behaviour at the two schools was out of character.   

“I know that young man very well and I have never known him to be what he seemed to have demonstrated, so there had to be some catalyst that would have caused that. I think that some of our parents need guidance on how to handle conflict and to him that would have been a conflict. Leaders of schools have to be equipped to bring calm when a person comes hostile,” Jones said.

The 43-year-old Callender of Unity Lane, Gall Hill, Christ Church is charged with entering Foundation’s premises of November 16 and assaulting Deputy Principal Peter Roger Cox. He faces a similar charge of assaulting Deighton Griffith Secondary School teacher Anthony Alleyne at that school, and is also charged with failing to leave the schools’ compounds when directed to do so by Cox and Alleyne. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He is believed to have gone to both schools in defence of his son who was being bullied. A video had surfaced showing a number of schoolboys attacking Callender’s son.

Jones said school principals and teachers must learn to handle such situations without escalating the problem.

“If you come hostile there are ways and means of dealing with that but you don’t join hostility with hostility. You disarm hostility with calm and invite persons to sit and find out what it going on bearing in mind the incident [alleged attack on the student] took place off the school compound and both principals now had to find out what happened,” the minister stressed.

“Parents have a right to find out what happened to their child, bearing in mind that when a parent sends a child to school the school becomes the guardian of that child. So there must be answers given to parents where answers can be given,” he argued.

However, the minister was quick to point out that he was not blaming teachers and principals involved in this incident, as no one is able to predict what an angry person is capable of doing.   

“Sometimes the appearance of a threat is more than enough and one might argue that something could get explosive. It is just like you at home and someone comes on your property and raises their voice.  You do not know what would be their next step and then you are not trained to deal with these matters but the police is,” Jones stressed.

Oistins Magistrate Elwood Watts last week order prison officers to “take the shackles off” Callender after another magistrate had remanded him to Dodds in connection with the charges.

Despite objections from the police, Callender was released on $2,500 bail with one surety, and is to return to court on February 1, 2018.

55 Responses to Jones supports father facing assault charges over bullied son

  1. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox November 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Tell it to the judge that remand him

  2. Fatima Hafeji
    Fatima Hafeji November 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    true Mr Jones

  3. Jada Phenix
    Jada Phenix November 28, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Those little brats almost killed that boy, those bullies need prison time instead of a slap on the wrist.

  4. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes November 28, 2017 at 3:18 am

    A few weeks ago a relative relayed to me the story of how her friend was beaten by a group of boys and how sorry she felt because she couldn’t do any thing about it. 2 boys had a grouse with each other over a girl, 1 boy and his friends decided to attack the other boy and look at the result. Some of your children are too dumb to think for themselves and are lead like sheep. The father felt anger like any parent would, many of you might have done worst. Some Principals seem to have lost control, I have been told by a school child that their Principal will give a command or request but does not see that it is carried out, now this is from a then 2nd former. Fights occur more often than the MOE would want you to believe and they a vicious. The Ministry takes too long to deal with matters. One child was forced to leave a school after being bullied by another female, the MOE has not found it necessary to find a place for that child, it is causing the parent a lot of financial stress. All children are not bad but if you have 6 bad ones in a school that is 6 too many. If that child was killed I wonder what you all would have said, it’s some one else’s child so it’s no big thing. Sad to say but it’s only a matter of time before sone one gets killed. It would appear as though those boys are heroes, since we so good at renaming why not rename the school after them too and reward them for their ignorance. I am so glad that I don’t have children in school. You don’t have to be hard and harsh but most adults have gotten soft and the children know it. Principals and Teachers used to run schools, they were respected, now just like a lot of parents they have lost control. The Father’s reaction was not right but it’s easy to talk when it’s not you.

  5. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 28, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Mr Jones I must agree with you, after their father got so much turn around from the school that is enough to trigger anger.
    These kids need a deterrent and the amount of time on demand is not good enough that’s why the fights still continuing.

  6. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde November 28, 2017 at 4:15 am

    This is the first sensible thing that came out of his mouth for a long time !!!!

  7. Sherlock Holmes. November 28, 2017 at 4:23 am

    I do not have a handle on all of the facts but some responsible for certain schools are more concerned with the image of the school than dealing head on with issues. I myself thought that this incident could have been avoided any parent having seen that video would want answers and would have certainly gone to the source to find those answers, and obviously they would be more than agitated having witnessed what appeared to be an unprovoked attack on their child.I have also seen instances where those in authority at schools treat to some people whom they perceive to have limited education or the skill to articulate with very little respect thus causing situations to get out of hand. On the other hand if it is MR or MRS so and so from the higher echelon it is a whole different story. I do hope that this matter is dealt with in a manner that will bring satisfaction to those involved.

    • Jennifer November 28, 2017 at 6:09 am

      I agree with you things still missing here. Were the teachers aware of this situation with the boys and how did they handle it???? The parents of the boy should have been called to the school to be informed and not the other way around. A lot of these teacher know about situations which can become an inferno and leave it unchecked or deal with it wishy washy or leave this washed over. Some deal with cases based on who the parents are in society and the like. When the father went to the school was the accused children still going to school????? The school is responsible for the child while it is there – yes – and should demonstrate this by involving parents in these serious incidences and demonstrate zero tolerance to these cases of bullying and the like. Maybe the poor handling of cases by teachers need to be taken to court for negligence and see how them straighten up. Not the children in school laughing and bragging at what they did. Kick your azzes outside, not leave them to brag. Go sell ackees etc. We got a lot of things going against us a people in this place like a lack of a history for starters, which is the backbone of the way we as a people think and function as children and adults, combined with old colonial systems as barricades. Now this sort of home grow %hi*.

  8. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard November 28, 2017 at 4:25 am

    If this foolish do not stop . a parent will kill someone for they child

  9. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 28, 2017 at 4:47 am

    The Head of the school failed to safeguard ie duty of care. Record, report the incident to the Police and CCB. Zero Tolerance. Quick to deal with dad but not the issue of BULLYING!

  10. charjoy November 28, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I am not normally supportive of you Mr Jones but this time you must go straight to the top of the class..100%. The Police, the judge, and the Principal were just soooooooooooooo incompetent

  11. Terri Nicholls
    Terri Nicholls November 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

    But this the first sensible thing you ever say….. however in relation to the teachers, years ago teachers and head teachers had more autonomy when dealing with issuses at the school…. all these school campagnes about 0% tolerance with bullying yet still the powers that be have not be trained in how to deal with it, kids go to teachers and let them know about a child picking on them they complaining to much… when will something be put in place so both parties involved will be happy with the solution? No more hot air jones parents want action….

    • Jennifer November 28, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Yep. Another solution is take the schools to court, and let Jones go too. Doctors go to court for malpractice. People want parents to to court for poor raising of children when they offend etc, then take teachers/schools to court too for ineffective measures/handling – and this is a general comment.

  12. Gloria Forde-Bailey
    Gloria Forde-Bailey November 28, 2017 at 6:27 am

    For once i agree with you Mr Minister

  13. Irma Corbin
    Irma Corbin November 28, 2017 at 6:40 am

    If it was my child i would have act to, these children have no kind of respect or manners at all stupid children

  14. Carlitha Andrews
    Carlitha Andrews November 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Mr Jones I am please with ur take on this some ofthese principles feel they own the schools and they can do what they please a soft answer turneth away wrath but previous word stir up anger

  15. Kami Dan
    Kami Dan November 28, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Get him out then

  16. Sheron Inniss November 28, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Mr Jones I agree with you on this one.

  17. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull November 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I am in total agreement with Mr. Jones.

  18. clint November 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

    It’s really interesting some of the comments. When schools take action to curb problems and deal with discipline issues, John Public criticizes them. When violence and undesirable behaviours are caused by John Public children, John Public criticizes the schools for not doing enough to curb the indiscipline. Wow!

  19. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith November 28, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Heads needs to be train to handle these situations but I quests the heads believe the school’s are theirs.

  20. harry turnover November 28, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Ronald Jones I AGREE with you 100% and this is the most sensible thing you have said since 2008…..but I have said it before and I will say it again…ALL BULLIES SHOULD BE EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL full stop.
    Why should those who unfair and beat other children be allowed in Schools and be” big up” by their class mates while the victims are afraid to go to School ?

  21. Delbert Griffith
    Delbert Griffith November 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Why was he shackled; why was he remanded in the first place!!!! Unless he had a weapon. over reaction if you ask me.

  22. Diane Quinn
    Diane Quinn November 28, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Some of these Principals create these problems too these children are bad but the don’t nip the issue in the bud something happens you complain and you are told go back to class ignore the bully things escalate parents get involved then trouble comes as a parent somebody hurts your child you will lash out especially when you tried the right way and got no satisfaction.

  23. Paul Chestnut
    Paul Chestnut November 28, 2017 at 8:26 am

    That got to be Jones constituent ….but never mind I think it was wrong to remand him…I don’t care what Jones think…Jones trying to win the young Vote when he keeps going against the teachers…

    • Jennifer November 28, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Not to mention he like blowing too much hot and cold air.

  24. Toni November 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Elections round the corner. He he he he he he !!!!!

  25. Curtis Brewster
    Curtis Brewster November 28, 2017 at 8:34 am

    It will be when you do not know the father that will be the test but you are correct about senior people at schools.

  26. roger headley November 28, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I take note of all the persons agreeing with Mr. Jones. Let me say that it is a court case and Mr. Jones is out of place to be mouthing off about the matter. He has just prejudiced the case.

  27. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond November 28, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Do we really need to have Ministers of government commenting on every cock fight.

    • Hewers of wood November 28, 2017 at 10:39 am

      But Dem is who creating the cock fights.

      • Hewers of wood November 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

        So let them comment.

    • Wendell Pinder
      Wendell Pinder November 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

      When there don’t reply you all have a lot to say

    • Belfast November 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      What else do these Ministers have to do? As every ministry in this administration seems to be on autopilot, the Kamikaze type.

    • marva November 30, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      it is election fever and the man is either in Jones’ constituency and lives nearby. Normally I thought one could not comment on a matter that is sub judicate. but he is a minister, he can shoot off his mouth and mislead other along that path.
      Thing with social media, every tom dick and harry, with or without adequate knowledge of the situation air their views, at times to detriment of conflict resolution matters.

  28. Faye Heather Greenidge
    Faye Heather Greenidge November 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

    trying to remember who said only principals and senior teachers can lash these schoolchildren

  29. Loreto Duffy-Mayers
    Loreto Duffy-Mayers November 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Total agree Minister!

  30. Helen Juanita Lynch November 28, 2017 at 11:08 am

    @Barbados Today: Jones said school principals and teachers must learn to handle such situations without escalating the problem. “If you come hostile there are ways and means of dealing with that but you don’t join hostility with hostility.”

    I think that all of us especially the Honourable Mr. Jones, who is educated enough to be wise man ought to cease commenting on this matter because the matter is before the courts, and the courts will hear all sides and then make a just decision.

  31. Alicia G. Burton
    Alicia G. Burton November 28, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Listen, a couple years ago, a child got bullied, His father went to the principal, the bully’s mother, every authority he could have gone to. The end result, A DEAD child. the child was running from the bully and a car hit him and he DIED. Any parents that has to defend their child because the powers to be dont do anything. I SUPPORT THEM 1000%

    • Nahla Bless
      Nahla Bless November 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      I Remember this one

    • Alicia G. Burton
      Alicia G. Burton November 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Nahla Bless That was so disgusting and awful. I don have children and that cut me. To this day I remember that, and i dont think i will forget it.

    • Nahla Bless
      Nahla Bless November 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Hmmm I can’t either so if they don’t start doing or getting serious about this bullying something more serious will happen the kids are not like before.

    • Linda November 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      In this case it’s alleged that the police directed to father to the schools to get names. Why on earth would the police direct the parent into a situation that is very likely to be volatile??? You report a crime to the police and they direct you to solve it??
      Police, principals they all need training

  32. Carl November 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I agree with Susan Maynard. Too often parent complain, only to have their complaints dismissed as trivial and when then parent becomes irate because of the prevalence of the violence and its threat to their child, the first thing the school officials do is call the police. If the system doesn’t do something with the young thugs who terrorise the school, teachers and students alike, some parent is going to take matters into his/her own hands. These thugs do their dirt and then hide behind the fact that they are juveniles. We have examples of disastrous outcomes of this behaviour yet there seems to be no end in sight. I’m hust glad my children have finished school ’cause Lord knows if my child fell prey to such heinous acts I would be in Dodds.

  33. tiger malt November 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Funny how Mr. Jones was the one who tied the teachers hands in terms of action which could be taken. 2. The Principals had no knowledge of the incident as it did not occur at either of the schools. Note that Mr. Jones acknowledges this. You lot don’t want the children searched or metal detectors in school, no suspension or expulsion or anything done for that matter. Yet you want teachers to ‘do something’.

    Minister Jones also told teachers they will receive no support when attempting to part fights between students. I pray for teachers because had a parent gone to court, the hospital or some other institution with a weapon demanding answers you all would be singing a different tune.

    Barbados supports double standards of these double mouthed ministers.

  34. Nahla Bless
    Nahla Bless November 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Bullying is so serious it’s not funny and this system is so Jack right now there’s a kid at home who went to kill her self because of bullying you know what it is to send your kid to school and she is made to get off the bus at the next stop you know what it is to be at school an be beaten for no reason at all your money taken away pulling of your hair pulling of your bra kick spit on ECT that’s not cool it’s like you don’t belong complain and nothing now the kid at home don’t wanna go to school how fair is this .

  35. Greengiant November 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    At last a minister of government has gotten some support for a statement made, and his opinion on an issue. This party has been a challenge for this country, but i’ve often said, “they can’t be doing everything wrong, or they can’t be wrong at all times”.

    Ronald, you have often taken blows mate, but you got this right.
    I’ve taken note however, that you said nothing about the incident at the school where you were. Strategic media presentation mate, I must compliment your tactfulness.

  36. milli watt November 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    he blood sugar low………

  37. pat November 29, 2017 at 6:10 am

    I watched that video and I was hurt and angry despite not knowing the child. I can understand the father’s action, he was right but wrong. I hope the perpetrators are treated the same way as the father was by the justice system. I had a bullying issue with my son at primary school and i addressed it myself outside the school gate, cause the principal would not have dealt with itin the language the children understand ….the bullying stopped

  38. Ossie Moore November 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    In-vite the man to a warm cup of tea or coffee and a rock cake or lead pipe(pie). You know? that may calm him dow while you invite him to sit with you! Just don’t be a yard fowl!

  39. Next minister of education November 30, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I never in a million year though I ever say this but I agree with you 100% Mr. Jones now I am asking you to put the system in place so that the next time things can be handle the right way


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