Student beaten with cou cou stick, mother claims

An apology from a teacher of Luther Thorne Primary School was not enough to placate a mother, whose daughter was allegedly beaten with a cou cou stick.

The mother, who asked that she not be named, has threatened to take the school to court, telling Barbados TODAY she intended to engage the services of an attorney-at-law and to call on the Child Care Board to investigate the alleged abuse.

The details surrounding the alleged incident remain unclear, and the report could not be immediately confirmed, although the mother said the teacher involved had apologized.

However, the angry parent said there were clear signs that her daughter had been beaten with an illegal instrument of punishment.

“She had three mosquito bites on her behind and the lashes with the cou cou stick welt them up. I asked the senior teacher why cou cou sticks [when] the Ministry of Education said no child should be beaten with any such thing,” the mother said.

Principal Marcia Best said little about the issue when she was contacted by Barbados TODAY, with her only comment being, “I am not aware of what you speak of”.

Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Christina Morris gave an even more terse “no comment”, while Child Care Board Director Joan Crawford was unavailable.

However, the woman was adamant that she was not prepared to let the alleged incident slip, particularly because she was unhappy with the school’s response when she sought an explanation.

“What I want is for parents to know that all is not well at the school . . . that even though their children don’t come home and report these things, did not mean all was well. It is how the principal handled the situation,” the parent told Barbados TODAY.

“I got the impression that everybody like they wanted to cover up this matter of use of cou cou sticks at the school. I went to the Ministry of Education and talked to a lady, an officer . . . and this officer told me let it go and monitor it,” the parent claimed.

The upset woman expressed frustration that since the alleged incident, her daughter had been made to feel uneasy by constantly being called into the office and questioned about her mother’s actions.

135 Responses to Student beaten with cou cou stick, mother claims

  1. De Original RallyMan
    De Original RallyMan December 1, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Anything possible these days having to deal with wana disobedient children

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  2. De Original RallyMan
    De Original RallyMan December 1, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Children that in have no manners no behavior just like the parents

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  3. De Original RallyMan
    De Original RallyMan December 1, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    If there was to go to school and behave they wouldn’t get they as cut

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    • Sharon Ellis
      Sharon Ellis December 2, 2017 at 3:05 am

      Alright then.

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    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens December 2, 2017 at 7:18 am

      If needed and fair cut mine ass though that’s y children so the blasted parents Lil lash n them making noise means you don’t want the child decipline smhhhh

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    • Petra Webster
      Petra Webster December 2, 2017 at 8:45 am

      You could really shut up

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    • Sandy Alleyne
      Sandy Alleyne December 2, 2017 at 9:04 am

      I agree Rallyman

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  4. luther thorne December 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Wait a minute !
    Whats this all about now ?

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  5. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin December 2, 2017 at 12:41 am

    But a cou cou stick doh?

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    • E Jerome Davis
      E Jerome Davis December 2, 2017 at 7:38 am

      A cou cou stick is very safe for spanking.

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    • Mary Amos
      Mary Amos December 2, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I don’t share lashes too often but when I do it’s the cou cou stick on the butt.

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    • Kim Gaskin
      Kim Gaskin December 2, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Mary Amos… to ur own children u mean? Or ur a teacher…
      I’ll say this… no teacher n had no rite hit n children..
      Children asses want cut n from home…
      I n got no problem with children get n lashes but d way how parents set up dese days…. i n know…

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  6. Melissa Applewaithe
    Melissa Applewaithe December 2, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I ain’t saying the teacher right to beat she but wunna does raise some unmannerly ass rude disrespectful disobedient in wunna home then damn society gotta deal with them. It’s not fair. Home school wunna pigs.

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  7. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams December 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Is it possible to lash a child without being angry or frustrated? Bound to be an adrenaline rush and we are going to use more force than if we were calm.

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  8. Katherine Selman Roach
    Katherine Selman Roach December 2, 2017 at 2:34 am

    All of you with your negativity keep it up cause if this had happen to your child or family member you all would be fumming all over the place so hold up and give the child the benefit of doubt. Don’t come down on children cause some of these teaches have issues and take it out on children.am in favour of lashes but do it the right way avoid these situations.

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 2:47 am

      Negativity, i have children i nun of them never get there ass cut at school, you know y it’s because of the example we set for them and they respect they parents and in turn they respect they teachers

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 2:48 am

      And problems i go to the school in a respectable manner

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 2:49 am

      My children are obedient because they know what we expect from them and they are obedient and respectful of they teachers

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 2:50 am

      So u see it int gin happen to my children

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 2:52 am

      Negativity wana have children that are very bad behave and have no respect but u know y for people and parents like u Katherine

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 3:02 am

      Best way to avoid them is parents playing a role in training they children not saying I agree with whats been use but what I am saying parents need to step up lot of parents these days not living up to they responsibility i have children in the school system and no trouble i get with them from primary to secondary all the teacher’s nothing but good to say about them and how well behave they are and how they can see the training in them not that I wouldn’t have had 1 our 2 issue but nothing is to do with lashes our bad behavior and you know besides the training i we give them they know what we expect, and do u know y there are so well train because my parents had 6 children and we were train and i followed the good example my parents set

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    • Aleisha Crichlow
      Aleisha Crichlow December 2, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Negativity…really? If the children were behaving there would be no need to put lashes in dem tails. You talk about teachers having issues….it’s the children that got issues no behaviour getting on like animals and savages. Parents bout de place are not focused on parenting dem focus on looking good, the latest fashion, fuping and partying bout de place and are not raising den children properly, got dem children all round indecent people so the children just mimicking what they have seen and hear. Then you got some putting dem children on pedestal in teaching them a damn thing no discipline at all at all. Me I know for one my mother was a disciplinarian you could not spell slip with my mother lashes in my tail as soon as I play I misbehaving. Dem need bringing back the cane in dem tails man. The teacher never kill the child or chop up the child. Wunna so would rather wait for the child get to the stage that them bringing in a cutlass and chopping up people children then I am sure Katherine you would have a different view of this same child grew up to chop up one of yuh family. You will be the first to mek noise and say that they never had no parental training or discipline!!!

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    • Katherine Selman Roach
      Katherine Selman Roach December 2, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Parents like me De Original RallyMan you want to be blind to facts, Not once at any school he attended he had issues cause I warn him at a age were i know he could understand what am saying and have no excuse for being rude. So don’t be a moon donkey telling me foolishness.yes a lot of these children need manners but you have to realise that teachers are cause of some of the problems children have in schools. I know some exceptional teachers who will go all out for children and I know some who are devious,spiteful and full of rage no voice of reason.its parents like you that does see things and hide them under a carpet cause you don’t or won’t accept the truth.

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    • Petra Webster
      Petra Webster December 2, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Some teachers like to unfair children

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    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross December 2, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Katherine Selman Roach When my daughter was at school, I had her removed from a teacher’s class because he was unkempt, smelly, he often slept in class and he did not have a clue about what he was to teach. There was also a teacher who had a mental problem and when the school refused to admit it, I found it out and she had to leave.

      Too many parents put children through too much and then they wonder how the children get ‘so’. They get so because of the abuse that they were forced to endure at home and at school under the guise of ‘discipline’.

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  9. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 2, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Dat cou cou was around for a long time.

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    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens December 2, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Ort then I get roast with one and that don’t hit hard though

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  10. De Original RallyMan
    De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Weapon what y u dont make noise about how bad behave the children are and they are disobedient and bad behave because the parents dont train them i have children going school and not one of them get lashes u know y because there are train and very well train very respectful and obedient children i am telling you all the children want training its the parents thats causing the problem having children and not training them

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  11. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer December 2, 2017 at 3:29 am

    She should remove the child from that school immediately.

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    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens December 2, 2017 at 7:20 am

      She high lighted this issue remove and carry her where to a private school child branded tho sorry

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  12. Peter Burnett
    Peter Burnett December 2, 2017 at 3:30 am

    De Original RallyMan when a child is born it now nothing what it see it learn just saying

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  13. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 2, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Cou, cou stick!! Got to be mad! Corporal punishment should not be happening in schools in Barbados. Period.
    Teachers need to keep their temper under control. Keep thy anger and hands to thy self. The ADULT suppose to act responsible safeguard themselves and the child or student in their care. Why put one’s Profession in jeopardy?
    All concerns regarding a students poor behaviour should be recorded and reported to the Head Teacher or Principal to deal with the matter. It’s the duty of the Head to arrange an appointment for the parents to discuss the child’s behaviour or concerns.
    The child’s mum has every right to find out exactly what happened, if there were any witnesses and take the child for a medical check up and report the incident to the Police.
    Staff at the school should not be questioning the child.
    Some of today’s children’s behaviour are very challenging and it is getting worse. Some Poor behaviour i.e disruptive disorder that needs addressing by professionals and some poor behaviour is created by the help of parents at home, lack of parenting skills, no rules, no boundaries, no discipline.

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  14. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 2, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Peter Burnett, Absolutely correct!

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  15. Marcia Robinson
    Marcia Robinson December 2, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Are you saying that the teacher took to school a cou cou stick to lash children is this the only child beaten or are they more. A story has three sides let us hear all especially the unknown

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  16. Jonah Banks December 2, 2017 at 4:45 am

    This is supposed to be the 21st century, corporal punishment in schools should be outlawed

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  17. Samantha Best December 2, 2017 at 5:02 am

    This is nothing new! This was going on at Luther Thorne from the time the school was opened. It is factual. My children went to Luther Thorne. My son was beaten with a cou cou stick by the then Principal once and when I took the pictures I had taken of it to her, she settled out of court. He was of light complexion so you know how it would have looked.

    If you can’t express yourself it is worse for you and your children in these schools. That is why the standards at the school are falling off. I had two children at the school and both did well. One has to go to the school and introduce oneself to the Principal and class teacher to let them know who you are and so they can see you are able to stand up to them without aggression. For the parent who is unable to do so keep praying. Is the teacher still on staff who makes the children hold their chair above their heads with their arms straight for over an hour? Children from as young 4 years old must do this. These teachers have no medical training and cause long term physical and psychological damage to children.

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  18. Aleisha Crichlow
    Aleisha Crichlow December 2, 2017 at 5:11 am

    They need to bring back lashes in dem tail. These school children majority of them out of hand. I recall my mother telling when she was at school the lashes that they used to get in dem tails and that generation knew boundaries, respect and have morals. Even if they were seen misbehaving in the streets and they were seen lashes in dem tail and they couldn’t run home telling dem parents as it was more lashes in dem backside, some adults even taking them home explaining what dem do and lashes again. The teacher right to smack the child if she deserve smacking. Cou cou stick or not. You think ppl used to look for a belt it was what came to hand first. Bring back teachers right to discipline the children man dem too rude and out of place!!!!!

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  19. Aleisha Crichlow
    Aleisha Crichlow December 2, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Start young…yuh bend a tree when it’s young. I don’t believe for one second the teacher beat the child for no reason at all. If my child went school and was wrong and get lash so be it…should have gone school and behaved!!!!

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  20. Jeanetha Callender
    Jeanetha Callender December 2, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Yes Marcia 3 sides ..mind..yours & the truth

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  21. Anita Smith
    Anita Smith December 2, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Now we parents have to realize that most kids behavior in front off us is one thing, but outside is an other
    I can’t home school my child an teachers have to be around them for most of the time , I am all for a couple a lashes if needed , in my days I get them with a bamboo , an a leather belt at school , an them didn’t kill me ,
    I can say I hate lashes so my behavior had to change to avoid them ,

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Agree with you to a point put if they have real proper home training they b ok

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  22. Samantha Best December 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

    The cou cou stick was like the ‘official’ instrument to lash children with at Luther Thorne since it had no edges to inflict cuts. It was a rounded instrument. Every teacher had one. The belt was not used since a teacher at another school caused a child to lose his eye when the child for whom the lash was intended ‘ducked’ and caused the child behind him to receive the lash instead. But in his eye.

    Guess where that teacher was transferred to? In the Public Service the problems are not dealt with they are transferred.

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  23. Sharon Thomas
    Sharon Thomas December 2, 2017 at 6:38 am

    These teachers have problems at home and bring them to school can not get their own problem slove do their takes it out on the children. Leave your problem at the door and when you leaving on evening pick them up and take home with you. These teachers needs to go and seck Christ.

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    • Jennessa Farquharson
      Jennessa Farquharson December 2, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Teachers need not ‘needs’ I hope you seek Him too.

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Look for all the excuses keep looking for excuses for week parents and bad behave children wana cant control wana put want teacher’s to do it

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:49 am

      The spelling isn’t important in this case my friend mistakes happen have nothing to do with bad behave parents and the bad behave children

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    • Sharon Thomas
      Sharon Thomas December 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Make sure you are all their at his door.

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  24. Miche December 2, 2017 at 6:45 am

    The Devil find things for sick minds to print,,, some of you women just allow the evil one to control your total self ,that you just live to cause strife, Take for example ,This Samantha Best,,, reading what she has written says that this cou cou stick thing was nothing new,”This is nothing new! This was going on at Luther Thorne from the time the school was opened.” ,,Before you spread your lies,please tell readers,,how long was Mrs Best at the school,,,when did your child attend the school ,and what year was ” as you stated”,, the commencement of the school that this thing was going onat

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  25. Natasha Forde
    Natasha Forde December 2, 2017 at 6:52 am

    In primary school a teacher made us donate 25 cents each to buy a cou cou stick for use on OUR backsides. Times changed…now this is news.

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    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens December 2, 2017 at 7:16 am

      And they don’t hit very hard versus a bamboo stick in my days stuoseee

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    • Drea Browne
      Drea Browne December 2, 2017 at 9:26 am

      You had to buy your own stick?! Omg.

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Still saying that proper training home and the children b ok

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    • Natasha Forde
      Natasha Forde December 2, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Drea Browne yes girl. Purchased from Carters Wildey lol

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  26. Firm and friendly teacher December 2, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I wish that many of you non teachers would take time to number 1 raise your children properly and number 2 get a dictionary and learn to spell. Maybe if you yourselves paid more attention in school numbers 1 and 2 would be taken care of!

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  27. Piper Timaya Jordan Corleone
    Piper Timaya Jordan Corleone December 2, 2017 at 7:06 am

    The only way she can know they are cou -cou Stick marks , is if she lashes the child with a cou- cou stick as well , the children need discipline in schools , she goes to the ministry to complain but still I haven’t heard her mention why the child was ” beaten” in the first place .

    While I don’t support “beating” I support discipline by mean of a few lashes if the child is continuously causing trouble ,

    When parents are called to schools about their children’s behavior THEY DON’T COME !!!!!!!!!

    But when the child gets disciplined or suspended they find the time to come .

    Some teacher need help in how to handle these children and regular if not a yearly counselling session to help them cope with balancing home and work issues ( that’s their personal choice as well , to seek counselling ) .

    We need to help both teacher and child if we want a therapeutic school environment .

    By the way where is the “Child Advocate ” we had some time ago ????

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    • Sue Donym December 3, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Is it possible that the parent knew what the child was struck with because the child saw the object? Such sweeping statemeents about parent responses. I know responsible parents who initiate contact with the school when they have concerns.

      Maybe school counsellors need to have more oversight in identifying ‘problem’ teachers and it should not be left entirely to them if and when to seek conselling.

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  28. Samantha Best December 2, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Miche you clearly missed the point. This is not an indictment on the part of Ms. Best. I can only speak to what happened when my children were there. Now we see it continuing into present day when they have long gone. The first comment on this article spoke to the presence of the cou cou stick.

    Like the typical Bajan you seek to bury your head in the sand, pretend it’s not happening until it’s too late. Why do you think the Ministry of Education has indicated that corporal punishment in schools should stop? Because it doesn’t exist?

    Don’t shoot the messenger!

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  29. Jenny Applewhaite
    Jenny Applewhaite December 2, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Things that make ya go hmmmmm……..some of these comments tho

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  30. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens December 2, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Man look a cou cou stick versus bamboo or a leather thick belt which you prefer cou cou stick don’t hit that hard and all fuss with what tool to use blasted children want some cut ass and decipline for me as long as you don’t break no part of my child and he get a fair and justice cut ass if needed be I’m good stupseeeee

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    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens December 2, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Paula Chapman when Roach drop that bamboo in ya ass come to school and make noise smhhhh

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    • Sue Donym December 3, 2017 at 7:13 am

      @Amelia Gittens, given the choice cou cou stick or no stick, I think a child would prefer no stick. You have your (questionable) standard, but I think the point is that the parent did not think that her child got a fair and just beating!

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  31. Sheron Inniss December 2, 2017 at 7:14 am

    If this is true It was wrong. I am glad I do not have children attending school. I would be in prison. This used to happen in my time at school. Children were beaten with the rules that had blades and such like. 53+

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  32. Rhea Blackman
    Rhea Blackman December 2, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I hope she continues to investigate this matter… no child should be beaten by a teacher…there should be other forms of punishment.. To those of you who say..“oh in my day..we use to get beat with this and that at school” That was child abuse and in no way can justify a teachers actions…

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    • E Jerome Davis
      E Jerome Davis December 2, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Rhea not beaten, spanked. I want you to teach for three weeks.

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    • E Jerome Davis
      E Jerome Davis December 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Rhea Blackman give the teachers credit. They are not monsters. They are human beings just like you.

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    • Teresa Patterson
      Teresa Patterson December 2, 2017 at 8:58 am

      when I look back at primary and secondary days..
      I have seen punishments such as holding books or chairs up for long time
      ..Standing in a corner for long times…
      Writing lines…
      Apologising to the Principal…
      Being sent to another class
      Your parent being called to the school
      Do you know what I remember the most..At St. Lawrence Primary A Mr Grazette hitting a child with a leather belt down his back..this big man hitting a child over and over.. It was the look on his face which I still remember . Even when he use to hit me ..but it turned out I needed glasses and when he realised he told my mother. No apology..
      Even in secondary school..being lashed with a bamboo stick or tamarind rod wasn’t anything any look forward to..and why..sometimes we couldn’t get the work done..or we forgot a book.. Or we were rude..by the way I am talking 70s- 80s …
      Many who claim licks didn’t do them nothing are now grown and might forget how the lash felt but I am grown and I still remember Mr Grazette and the sound of lashes
      or seeing children putting books in their underwear to lessen the sting.. Or teachers finding the books taking then out and pulling the garments tight to ensure the lash made its impact.. Or seeing children crying and inspecting wails..and hiding them cause it would be fresh licks at home… (This is triggering me now)

      Don’t let us romanticise lashes ..
      Parents and teachers working together can raise up a child..Parents do their part and teachers theirs but the teachers job is to teach academically .. The parents are to teach social.. Moral. Religious.. Life .. Working together to help a child grow

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:40 am

      See what I talking about with parents like you with this attitude no wonder children have no behavior whats wrong with a little lashes and secondly if wana parents cant control wana own children put want teacher’s to do

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  33. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis December 2, 2017 at 7:35 am

    A cou cou stick is flat and therefore, safe for spanking. Do not let the name of if hype the emotions. In fact it is safer than a rod.

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    • Crystalene Alexander
      Crystalene Alexander December 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

      To me too.

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    • Jay Manny
      Jay Manny December 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

      You two got to be a first class idiots.

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    • Cecelia Cox
      Cecelia Cox December 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Jerome I couldn’t have said it any better. I’m in total agreement with you….are these people serious? A cou cou stick beating from a teacher? My son is just in his late twenties with cherished memories of his teachers using a cou cou stick for flogging…..he remembers the discipline and the love that came with the cou cou stick beating…..

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      • Sue Donym December 3, 2017 at 7:20 am

        @Cecilia Cox “cherished memories of … beating” sounds like the stuff that produces excuses for domestic violence. In his late twenties, I wonder if he thinks he would not have understood his teachers without the beating. Love does come without beating and many beatings come without any trace of love.

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  34. Alex Alleyne December 2, 2017 at 7:37 am

    “I am not aware of what you speak of”, …..”no comment”.
    This come from “watching too much TV” and trying to side step the issue.
    There is no escape.

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  35. Lya Bynoe December 2, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I am not surprised by this at all, Ms Marcia Best is very unapproachable and ill mannered in most situations no matter how calm it may be. There’s also another teacher Ms Alleyne who is very aggressive towards the Infants A students at times you can hear her shouting at her students from downstairs. Her students are terrified of her and these are 5 yr Olds. The same Principle is very aware of this teacher’s behavior and gives it a pass.

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  36. Lya Bynoe December 2, 2017 at 7:54 am

    To the fools in these comments saying it’s OK to beat a child with a cou cou stick or bamboo is wrong. Because you were beaten or abused by those things in the pass doesn’t make it right in no shape or form.

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  37. Nikky Daisley
    Nikky Daisley December 2, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Yes a old time Mothers correction

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  38. andy g December 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

    because it shape like and called a cou cou stick.it’s very light. cant stir cou cou in your kitchen. it will snap in two.belts and tree branches are worst

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  39. J Ann Dripping
    J Ann Dripping December 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Hmmm these comments tho smh. This happen to my child and up to this day I still have not forgiven her cause she was DEAD WRONG. At the same Luther Thorne. Imagine he was absent frm school I sent the doctor certificate when he return . She call me asking about it I told her look in his back pack it’s in there in an envelope. Long story short she felt that was not her job and beat him with a cou cou stick. Mind u my child quiet and shy when I got to the school to pick him up said evenning other kids in his class running to me saying he got lashes with the cou cou stick. So fb let’s just say she cooking utensil NEVER EVERRRRR touch my child for the rest of the time he was at that school. To this day she see me or his father she crush usain bolt record trying to either cross the street or duck in a alley or store. I protect mine at any cost straightttt

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  40. Gwendoline Williams
    Gwendoline Williams December 2, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Valerie Thompson hahaha.

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  41. Trish J K Husbands
    Trish J K Husbands December 2, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Kemar Jones

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  42. sugga December 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

    you parents send the children with no respect for self or others
    you and them want training you think that brand name things speak for you and your children but a cou cou stick is safer to lash a child than the hose and electric wire you all beat them with and you parents think that using abusive words to them is discipline that’s not so and cursing teachers in front of them is cool but all of you want discipline your selves they should not be abused but train your children or they will amount to nothing

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  43. Annoyed Citizen December 2, 2017 at 8:28 am

    It is interesting how some folks here assume the teacher “must be angry” or “must have issues at home”. One can lash a child without either of these situations being the case. A lash administeted at the right time has steered many a child onto the right path. Problem with today’s society is that everyone wants to be their child’s friend so they roll over and over indulge them oftentimes. While it is unfortunate the mosquito bites swelled up, I don’t know that there is really need for all the emotionalism being displayed here in the comments. The average teacher surely does not sit down and plot to mark or cause such an occurence. Not enough children are being raised to understand being spoken to the first time farless the second or third and they know how to push the buttons of their weak parents. They know that no matter what they say or do – including cursing the worst way, beating other people’s children and stealing their things and increasingly in primary schools, bringing knives, box cutters and other weapons to school to “juck up” other children with whom they have a quarrel or juck up teachers or other staff who have cause to correct them – once they fly home and complain or shed crocodile tears the parent will fly up at the school to bring fire and damnation. Frequently these same parents do not respond to calls or letters from the schools or get defensive when their children’s behaviour has to be spoken about with them. Some are not above running to the River with lies for the administrators to hear. In reality, most folks lash as a last resort after multiple warnings. While there are one or two teachers who indeed have issues, they are not the norm. Apologists need to wake up and see Barbados is going to hell in a handbasket for lack of proper parenting. Talk only works effectively as a tool for discipline with children whom have been trained by their parents to understand it from the beginning. It rarely works effectively with the “leh-go beasts” and spawn of Chucky type children being unleashed these days. He who sees it knows it!

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  44. Activist Arising December 2, 2017 at 8:35 am

    .A lot A LOT of parents are raising pigs..bullies…unmannerly children… But then they are teachers and Auxiliary staff sometimes that bark and hit children cruelly..
    A lot of parents sending their children to private schools to avoid so called public school behavior.. Bit if every parent would take time to raise their child ..school atmosphere would be a little better..less fighting etc
    On another hand.. We ought to find another way to do away with the colloquial method of teaching .. The beating came from the old British method of corporal punishment.. England today has found new methods to teach.. But then again England and the U S are bad examples cause they have spared the rod of correction and their children are rude and bullies and pigs..
    OK seems like we will need to be better parents and teachers need to be better at teaching.. And the Ministry needs to care more
    Look Barbados we all have to come together and help this nation for it’s future sake

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  45. Lizzy Bynoe
    Lizzy Bynoe December 2, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I am not opposed to three slaps with a cou cou stick at school. But it depends on what the child did. I think we have to be careful for beating unnecessarily and also as parent for crying abuse too quickly.

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    • Jay Manny
      Jay Manny December 2, 2017 at 9:35 am

      There is never a good reason to beat a child

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Jay never a good reason you have to be and ass but I gess its good for them to go to schilling and want to beat the teacher’s

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  46. Saundra December 2, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Miss Josephine Miss Josephine de cou cou laddering fat and if ya don’t like dat put on de sailor hat and run around de town…finish it off someone hahaha

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  47. Gee Zette
    Gee Zette December 2, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Before the facebook monsters attack me let me be clear i don’t support abusing children and i believe in love for kids and being fair no with that said one minute its ..yes the children want the lashes now its oh the teachers got issues and should not hit them? Wunnu aware of some the madness some these children does go school and do say and be involved in at school teachers should be the bosses in their classes not the children taking way teachers rights daily while parents nit training their kids letting them rule and then expect teachers to deal with it every time a child has to go to a priciple or senior teacher that is teaching time lost this issue of lashes in school needs to be cleared up once and for all or give the teachers other options ….i was not at the school so i don’t know but if it was abuse it should be dealt with if it was just lashes work it out and get back to the business of the child’s education

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:52 am

      They would want to attack u sweetheart but dont mind speek the truth i agree with you 100% only the parents who dont train their children and who can’t control them would behave that way

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    • Sue Donym December 3, 2017 at 7:31 am

      @Gee Zette you should hear some of the stories of what some teachers say and do to children, knowing that the children are not expected to retaliate – some of the worst insults and physical contact. Each case has to be dealt with based on the particular factors, otherwise we risk letting things get seriously out of control. Sometimes a bit of ‘lost’ time can find solutions for teacher and student.

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  48. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne December 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Lol lol murdaaaa that ain’t nothing new

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  49. Andrew Ward
    Andrew Ward December 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Good thing these kids didn’t grow up in the 70s like me..I got beat with all kinds of stuff..I miss the 70s but not the licks…

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  50. Disrespected Teacher December 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Annoyed Citizen

    I do agree with all that you have said, unfortunately we are now a society who ‘loves’ to bash teachers. Mind you the same teachers who have to teach their ill mannered, and at times uncouth cuss birds for children. These same children who threaten teachers only to be told by parents ‘oh you don’t like my child’ (like that has anything to do with correcting a child smh) or the best one is ‘you always picking on my child ‘. Like you have time to sit down and decide to engage in these behaviours when as a teacher you are going to see over 130 students on average most days.

    In addition as teachers you have at the least more than 5 very disrespectful and disruptive students in each class you teach through out the day. The unfortunate thing is these students parents are always MIA and the administrators hands are tied due to instructions from said Ministry that parents like to run to. Parents need to take back control of THEIR children and stop inflicting others with their spawn from hell.

    And to all the ‘teachers’ out there that never set foot in a classroom may if you did you would stop the bashing of teachers and mind your children. It is very disheartening to operate in a hostile environment (being bashed from John Publc) and still want the best for those few students out there (whose parents are raising them the appropriate way) being negatively impacted by the disruption each day to the teaching/learning environment.

    We want to be like America so we are ensuring we become like them, I just hope you don’t live to regret it.

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  51. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross December 2, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Kudos to this parent for speaking out.

    I am hearing of a lot of abuse at schools across the island, but parents are afraid to speak out and they are turned away from schools where there seem to be a policy of protecting the abuse of children by their own.

    At that same school, a parent sent me a photo of her five year old beaten black and blue because she was ‘erasing too much while trying to write her name’.

    One six year old who also attends that school recently said to me, “I hate my teacher, hate, hate her. She is always shouting and screaming at you and she has no manners, she calls the children ‘you'”. That brilliant well spoken young lady, went on to tell me that she watches her and listens to her and that she does not like to ask her anything.

    When I asked questions, I was informed that the teacher is known for ‘that behaviour’ for years and parents fear having their children in her class. Is that what school is about?

    Over at another St. Michael primary school, a girl was recenty slapped in her face by a male teacher and when her mother went to the school…of course they did not want to hear her and when she raised her voice, the police was called and I understand that that parent was charged for ‘causing a disturbance’.

    I also saw the back of a 9-year-old boy that was badly bruised and he had to seek medical attention when a male teacher beat him because he did not hear him say ‘good morning’.

    Another matter told to me by a parent was when his petite 7-year-old daughter was struck by a male teacher after she accidentally stepped on his foot. The child was reaching for her bag and she too had to see the doctor who gave a report of scar tissue injury. Again when the father attempted to speak to the Principal, she would not hear him and so he went to the police who told him that they can do nothing about it.

    However the Police managed to get a meeting with the principal and the parent. The father was apparently told that the child injured the teacher and they could bring charges against her. Unbelievable, but true.

    None of the children I mentioned above have any behavioural issues and none of them had done anything to deserve a shout, furthermore a lash.

    It seems that there is a tendency to condemn children before you condemn the actions of the adults and this motion of – only a lash or what did she do – shows that as a country, people are falling behind when it comes to understanding where the anger in society is coming from.

    Lashes do not discipline. Lashes damage in so many ways. Many people seem to think that as long as you do not go to jail that you did well, but realistically, that should never measure behaviour as there are some that went to jail and are now better citizens than many who never went to court. Nelson Mandela for example.

    Children and especially those from homes where there is abuse and violence do not need additional abuse where they spend most of their day.

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Then the parent she go and deal with the matter

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Ans sweet heart if the parents cant control you really expect the teacher’s to ,training begins at home

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    • De Original RallyMan
      De Original RallyMan December 2, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Thats the problem shelly the problems starts at home parents have the responsibility to train they children not teacher’s, teachers responsibility is to teach not to train ,some parents have 1 child and cant get them control teacher have 32 our so in a class so parents cant control 1 put want the teacher’s to control 32 come on

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    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross December 2, 2017 at 10:16 am

      De Original RallyMan Allow common sense to prevail. Where did I mention anything about a child that was out of control.

      If you cannot write your name does that make you an uncontrolable child. If you are reaching for something and stumble and step on some one’s foot does that make you uncontrolable. If you say good morning as you pass a teacher who is in conversation with someone else and he does not hear you, does that make you uncontrolable?

      Please!

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    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross December 2, 2017 at 10:23 am

      De Original RallyMan What problem did any of these children have? The problem in each case I mentioned was the teacher and to extension, the principal who allowed the behaviour.

      The 6 year old who hates the shouting and screaming and the teacher’s behaviour…..she has a problem?

      When would you guys stop abusing children – emotionally and physically and give them the care and support that they need.

      There is a reason why ‘certain children’ who were loved and well cared for grow up and do way better than children who were smarter and but were emotionally and physically abused.

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      • People write without knowledge December 3, 2017 at 6:53 am

        Get all the sides to the story, but according to the law the ST and Principal are the ones to administer corporal punishment. (Or a designated person)

        Should the school be buying and giving the teachers cou cou sticks taped to be used in their classrooms.

        How can the Principal not know about the incident when it was said that the teacher apologized?

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  52. Natalie Riley
    Natalie Riley December 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I needed to see these comments.. thanks

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  53. Kristal Hctabrebmuc Kirton
    Kristal Hctabrebmuc Kirton December 2, 2017 at 9:48 am

    first of all everyone needs the facts before passing judgment….

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  54. Kamisha Moore
    Kamisha Moore December 2, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Come like some bajans retarded. Hit my child with coucou stick then sit back watch me make the news.

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  55. Anita Straker
    Anita Straker December 2, 2017 at 10:16 am

    That child is a very quite child

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  56. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron December 2, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Hmmm then we wonder why so much violence….
    You shouldn’t beat nobody to get them do what you want child or adult…

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  57. Joy Wharton
    Joy Wharton December 2, 2017 at 11:05 am

    The children of today are very brazen, may be the mother should home school the child ! See how that works out!

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  58. Keera Harding
    Keera Harding December 2, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Isn’t it only the senior teachers n principal who are suppose to lash the students

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  59. Mechell Springer
    Mechell Springer December 2, 2017 at 11:31 am

    When there is no common ground between teachers and parents regarding children, the children will suffer. Yes the instrument should have been different but from time to time children have to be punished when necessary. I suspect we have entetered a time where teachers care very little to nothing about children because of the behaviours of parents when it comes to the administering of punishment and the main losers are the children.

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    • Sue Donym December 3, 2017 at 6:55 am

      When teachers “care very little to nothing about children” it is they who are detrimental to the children’s development and it is time for them to be out of the classroom.

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  60. david gibbs December 2, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Interesting case A. cou cou stick is made out of wood. But so is a ruler. But lashes with a ruler SOUNDS totally different than lashes with a cou cou stick. A cocu cou stick connotes a sense of contempt, while a ruler is a class room-based instrument. We all know whose child she is NOT, because if she was Dr. So and So’s child or Politician’s So and So child there is no way a teacher in Barbados would use a cou cou stick on that child.

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  61. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross December 2, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I have family and friends there and they all say the same thing…she has no manners.

    The children at that school who sat the 2016 CEE were at a serious disadvantage when there were so many problems between teachers and the same principal.

    But who checks on these things….the teachers have the unions that have come between their jobs and the children and parents and the schools are in a mess.

    The easiest thing to do is to blame the child and the parent.

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  62. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas December 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    We are talking about not lashing children.america and England found out that talking does not help.the book of Proverbs advised us how not to spoil the child but man wants to trump God word.

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  63. Africa EmpressNyah
    Africa EmpressNyah December 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Oh back in the day people got their ass cut going and coming…oh cant you see what wonderful people they have all grown into…ye right

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  64. Sue Donym December 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I would like to encourage Shelly Ross to continue her advocacy.

    I would also like those who believe that ‘beating’ and ‘disciplining’ are interchangeable terms to think a little harder. When you say that you want your children to join the Girl Guides or Boy Scouts or the Cadet Corps because of the discipline, are you sending them to be beaten? When we say that the RBPF and BDF are disciplined forces, do we expect them to be beaten to stay in line or would we accept beating as punishment there?

    Too many people want to say that if children are not beaten, they are likely to go bad. What is the evidence to show that the average convict or white collar thief was not beaten, causing their descent to wrongdoing?

    Please stop making excuses for what would be a criminal act if done to someone else! We made this exception when it was thought that this had to be a means available to parents, and since the teacher acts in loco parentis, this was extended to them. Too much of the evidence suggests that many teachers cannot be relied upon to act with the self-restraint of a parent – no doubt because of having to deal with many and varied charges.

    The schools also must look within and cease the ‘all for one’ mentality. I would more easily commend a school teacher or principal who could maintain enough professionalism to say when the staff member is at fault. Loyalty is one thing, but protecting someone who has failed to exercise fairness and good judgement is nothing to admire.

    Then there is the warning that comes when a parent has had enough and dares to speak out: your child will be victimised. Who does this really point to as failing the child? We have to do what we must to change the default reaction which further victimises the victim! Adults should neither be afraid to complain nor to defend their own actions in a civil society.

    Finally, ask how many teachers would be happy to take a beating as a form of punishment. Ask how many are willing to take any punishment even when they know they are wrong. I’ll bet that most would think it would be embarrassing and demoralising for their pupils to know that they were wrong about anything, far less punished in any way.

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  65. Sue Donym December 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I would like to encourage Shelly Ross to continue her advocacy.

    I would also like those who believe that ‘beating’ and ‘disciplining’ are interchangeable terms to think a little harder. When you say that you want your children to join the Girl Guides or Boy Scouts or the Cadet Corps because of the discipline, are you sending them to be beaten? When we say that the RBPF and BDF are disciplined forces, do we expect them to be beaten to stay in line or would we accept beating as punishment there?

    Too many people want to say that if children are not beaten, they are likely to go bad. What is the evidence to show that the average convict or white collar thief was not beaten, causing their descent to wrongdoing?

    Please stop making excuses for what would be a criminal act if done to someone else! We made this exception when it was thought that this had to be a means available to parents, and since the teacher acts in loco parentis, this was extended to them. Too much of the evidence suggests that many teachers cannot be relied upon to act with the self-restraint of a parent – no doubt because of having to deal with many and varied charges.

    The schools also must look within and cease the ‘all for one’ mentality. I would more easily commend a school teacher or principal who could maintain enough professionalism to say when the staff member is at fault. Loyalty is one thing, but protecting someone who has failed to exercise fairness and good judgement is nothing to admire.

    Then there is the warning that comes when a parent has had enough and dares to speak out: your child will be victimised. Who does this really point to as failing the child? We have to do what we must to change the default reaction which further victimises the victim! Adults should neither be afraid to complain nor to defend their own actions in a civil society.

    Finally, ask how many teachers would be happy to take a beating as a form of punishment. Ask how many are willing to take any punishment even when they know they are wrong. I’ll bet that most would think it would be embarrassing and demoralising for their pupils to know that they were wrong about anything, far less punished in any way.

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  66. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne December 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Hmmmm

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  67. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison December 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Oh how times have changed or have they really ?
    I was beaten with coucou stick, bamboo, guava stick, palm leaf spine, black sage twigs, green heart wood and everything my former teachers in primary school had access to.
    It’s time that this nonsense stops and commonsense means of punishment replace them especially considering that this form of punishment doesn’t work.
    We black people seems to have a fascination with physical abuse which can be attributed to our history of slavery which has been pass down through the generations.
    No other race that I am aware of seems to have embraced this means of punishment inflicted on our children as widespread as people of African descent.

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  68. Lita Lita
    Lita Lita December 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    And? I got my butt whipped and I still here. Pleaseeee

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  69. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard December 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    my friend daughter goes to this school, I hear a lot about this school and some of the teachers,I rest my case.

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  70. Kim December 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    A lot of you kiss me ass parents send your snotty nose disgusted children to school to torment other and distract the entire class. A bloody cou cou stick is what kept most of you in line. Bajans need to come off this now. The bloody country in a mess with this nonsense. 3 lashes now. Find out why the teacher hit her before you talk smack. A lotta things be going on in your homes and children come to school replaying the rudeness and crap.

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  71. Maria December 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    If you train your children well, there’s no reason for them to be punished. Make sure your children respect adults that mean them mo harm. My mother spanked me and the teachers spank me. I am a grown up respectable woman.

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  72. debera browne December 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Cou cou stick man give me a break, you mean that length ass piece of stick that sturdy the meal (lol) some of you barbadians have your unmannerly children give the teachers so much trouble ,what excuse to create a storm.,princess margreat school, thank you, my daughter turn out well,with myself & the teachers that deal with her,along with St.Christopher School, all is well, I am a proud mother,so thank you teachers at both schools.

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  73. Heather December 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I must agree with the comments of ‘annoyed citizen’. We who have nevrr had to deal with twenty five or more children all at once would sit back and attribute the blame to the teachers.. it is very stressful situation some days to get any teachng done.. persons have come to the school and asked how do we do it.. perhaps some of you need to spend some time in a classroom for at least a half day.. i am sure that some of the former comments would change.. let me make it clear that i dont advocate beating of anybody’s child.. i would earn teachers to take a hands off approach to the children.. sit back and give it some time and you will see them same bad behave children on page 8.. the thing is that everyone would see when a teacher gives a lash but no one sees when the law beats them.. if you could speak to those who were shot or killed you would hear about the trouble that they gave when they were students.. it is my belief that all teachers only want the best for their charges.. these same emotionalists are the very ones who jump up on common entrance day when their children or relatives do well with the help of the same teachers..

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  74. Chris Wright December 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Reading the comments I can understand why there are so many disrespectful children not only in Barbados but here in the USA.
    It is illegal to spank your child, however let them grow up to be unruly teenagers and go out in the streets defying law enforcement, see how many of them get a good azz whipping and even shot by police.
    Train up a child in the way it should grown and when it is old it shall not depart. Parents don’t have to spank their kids, neither do teachers have the right to, however kids have to be taught that they are responsible for their actions, something which many parents fail to do. It’s not only “Reading, ‘Riting’ and “Rithmatic” it’s also Respect. Respect for God, Parent, Self and others.

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  75. Tony Waterman December 3, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Major Cecil Noot gave me and Six of the Best with his Bamboo Rod, i would have preferred a Cou Cou Stick, my Mom and Dad are both now Deceased, and they never knew that this had Happened, as i would have ruan the Chance of getting a few more at home.

    In Canada it is Legal to perform Corporal Punishment, but one can find themselves in front of a Judge if it is deemed to be Child Brutality.

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  76. luther thorne December 3, 2017 at 3:47 am

    The real problem is Co -education.
    That needs to come to an END right now.
    More men needed in Teaching.
    Negative effect of too few men teaching is very pronounced on our boys. Males solve problems and invent inventions. Men show empathy.

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  77. Nanci December 3, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I would want to know what the child did, and how many lashes she give the child, otherwise I would take that teacher to court. In my day teachers use to beat the kids with a leather strap, all down your back , if you come back late from school. When your mother come to the school, the headmistress would curse out your mother. The ministry would do nothing. If the teacher hit the girl many times, that’s abuse. I would have to take matters in my own hands for some of these teachers. One time a teacher beat a child like that was his girlfriend, and he was a man teacher. If the ministry don’t do anything, these teacher will have to pay for bringing their home problems in the classroom.

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  78. Nanci December 3, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I know a teacher who encourage some neighborhood boys to plant drug in a house that was being constructed. It have the floor and wall frame but no top. No teacher ha no hot lpping a child in the face. I would have to find out where he live, and blow up his car or do something to him. If the ministry not doing nothing about it. Some of these teachers want someone beating them to a pulse. A teacher slap my child in the face? One time the head teacher beat my child because a parent said my child beat her child, but he is the one who hit my child first and lots of parents told me that’s what happen. So to please the parent the teacher beat my son to plethe other paren, when I went to the head teacher she made many excuses. Parents find your ass at parent teachers meeting, be up in their face at every opportunity. When my little daughter went to the same primary school. I was determine that no f… teacher would put her in no little box they put my other ski in. I was at many parent teachers meetings, and asking to see my child’s progress, be tre at lunch time to see what my child doing. Stalk these f… teachers be in their face morning , noon and night. Fathers also need to get involve cause it’s getting very bad

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  79. luther thorne December 3, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Barbados is in serious She -ite
    And no Leadership is coming from any quarter.

    “It sad and getting more bad”

    Blacks not doing a good job. The residual gliding from when Whites ruled is now tapering off and the thing is nose diving.
    SOS – Britain !!

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  80. Past Student December 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I spent a year and a half at Luther Thorne and all of my classmates including myself were beaten with Cou Cou sticks – which were actually provided by one of the PARENTS!!! I don’t know if she made them herself but you could always guarantee that when a Cou Cou stick was broken on a child – yes I have witnessed beatings so vicious that the stick was actually broken on the child – the stick would be replaced the next day. And I’m not talking about being beaten for unruliness or bad behaviour, we were beaten for school work – getting questions wrong.

    I’m appalled that nearly 25 years later this practice is still taking place and being allowed at this school. I hope the ministry will investigate and guide them accordingly.

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  81. Mia Colucci December 3, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    The responses from the principal and education officials are enough to signal that the teacher was indeed wrong. I don’t mind corporal punishment, but if there are regulations in place that govern how to punish children, then ALL teachers, ALL principals and ALL education officials should adhere to them. ALL parents should find out what those regulations are and educate themselves.

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  82. Ossie Moore December 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Bruh looka I get beat wid hippopotumus leather back in de days at elementary school it was either getting that in A stream or the bamboo in C stream and looka dem same ones is Sir Dis and Sir Dat. When it come to de girls it was tamarine twig and and measuring rule, and we got some dames and top Doctors and nurses wid that. Girls now flouncing bout de class room and cussing teachers asking them if dem is R-H’s I don’t know what that is but I guess it is a new award title from the independence awards. I didn’t explain how we got the hippo leather; you see back in the 50′ barbados traded with South Africa for such things as grapes, Srawberry jams and jellies, gray flannel and white flannel and wines so some times rino leather would arrive.

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  83. Currew December 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Endorse de cou-cou!! and add a little brown-down sauce.

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