Disgusting!

Bajans express dismay at student who set peer’s hair afire

In what one poster on social media described as “ghetto behaviour”, a disturbing video is circulating online showing a male student, believed to be from Grantley Adams Memorial School, setting fire to the hair of an unsuspecting female student, who was on her mobile phone at a bus stop a stone’s throw away from the Blackman’s, St Joseph school.

Another student quickly extinguished the fire and the affected pupil escaped injury, according to police, who confirmed that they were investigating the incident.

A male student, believed to be from Grantley Adams Memorial School, sets fire to this unsuspecting female student’s hair while at a bus stop.

The video has provoked a storm of criticism by Barbadians, who turned to social media to express their disgust.

“This is the ghetto behaviour our young people is (sic) happy with, tip of the iceberg,” one person posted on the Barbados TODAY blog.

“Truly disgusting behaviour, requires a mental health assessment. There Really IS something wrong with him,” added someone with the moniker, Sonnie Leawat, while Ryan Robert A Charles wrote: “There are not enough words in the dictionary that could be used to describe the tactless, uncouth and dangerous act. School children today gone to the dogs. But I’m not only blaming just children cause I find it that in this 2018 parents afraid to discipline their children.”

Grantley Adams Memorial School Principal Valdez Francis was unavailable for comment today.

However, President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teachers Association (BNCPTA) Shone Gibbs described the video as “extremely disturbing” and nothing to laugh about.

“It is extremely disturbing and very concerning that in any form or fashion, whether it be serious or jokingly, that someone would attempt and carry out an act like that on another person, not understanding the ramifications and the seriousness of it,” Gibbs told Barbados TODAY.

BNCPTA President Shone Gibbs described the video as extremely disturbing and nothing to laugh about.

“It is very concerning whether it be intentional or bullying but these are things that must not be tolerated, and I do hope the police investigation would see the full weight of the law brought on that person,” he added, expressing horror at the response of those who were laughing while the student’s hair was aflame.

“We need those ambassadors among the school children to say, ‘this is lawlessness, don’t do this. Walk away’ . . . . This can only be done by education.”

School violence has been a major concern for the teachers’ unions, which have complained that it is getting out of hand.

Following an incident on November 22 last year at Ellerslie Secondary School (now The Ellerslie School), in which one student’s finger was severed in a cutlass attack, Minister of Education Ronald Jones promised to introduce new laws to “pluck out” those who are hell bent on causing mayhem.

At the same time, Jones, who had announced in April 2016 that he would establish a committee to probe violence in schools, said he would not have “Paul pay for all” by introducing security measures that would inconvenience entire school populations when the troublemakers were in the minority.

Gibbs today said school violence was a national issue that needed to be urgently addressed.

“This is not an educational problem, this is not a school problem, this is a societal problem because this is pretty much a reflection of what we are seeing in society,” he stressed, while calling on the wider community to play its part in addressing the problem.

“I think we as a nation need to hold hands, we need to wrap our heads around these issues and seek to impact our youth by the way of the home, church and the wider community so that when they are in the setting of education or out in public, you don’t see the incidences of violence that continue to grip our nation, the schools and the wider society,” Gibbs said.
katrinaking@barbadostoday.bb

29 Responses to Disgusting!

  1. Ossie Moore January 18, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Damn ! If she was a relative of mine I would have been arriving in Barbados with my Remington Model 870 pump action shotgun and that male a** hole ( not male student ) body would be looking like he went through a paper shredder .

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    • borola January 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Really? Bigger violence for an incident that should be handled by the school, police and parents. What would your actions or proposed action achieve? Terrible before and terrible after. Shame on you

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    • Belfast January 18, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      You would be better advised to take that Remington shotgun and pump and shoot the s*** out of the…… South Coast Sewer pipe.

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  2. Saga Boy January 18, 2018 at 1:23 am

    He should be charged for endangering the life of this school girl. If she were my daughter this would not be taken lightly.

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  3. fedup January 18, 2018 at 5:55 am

    The person recording on the mobile phone must have had knowledge about the intention to set the girl’s hair on fire.

    Both should be penalized to the full extent of the law. Its a pity that these low-achievers are the most mischievous. Most likely his parents cant even afford legal or doctor’s fees.

    Use the same lighter and burn his fingers for 5 seconds and then he can tell others how it feels.

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  4. jrsmith January 18, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Blame our politicians , blame the parents and blame the kids themselves , …. The hood ,the ghetto is with us , this is what our black people wanted so much to be as like ( Donald Trump’s *******e America ………….This attack is crime stop assing about and start to lock people up for real in Barbados , stop this silly idea of community service, you do the crime so do some time…………
    The person or persons who committed this act , should be sent to prison , minimum 5 -7 years , the parents should also be sued …
    Barbados has become so lawless , my wife is scared to visit Barbados from London………..

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  5. Sheron Inniss January 18, 2018 at 6:36 am

    If she was my child I would be in Dodds this morning if I could reach him before the police. Too many excuses and breaks are being given for the lawlessness.

    Vigilantism will be upon us if we don’t watch it.

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  6. seagul January 18, 2018 at 6:54 am

    On the same page as jr on this. Under the proper political legislation which should have long been enacted this lawlessness would have never occurred. Barbados is now more than ever under an international microscope. Our fragile society cannot allow these wanton acts to continue.
    http://www.suncreed.com

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  7. Committed Bajan January 18, 2018 at 8:14 am

    This is inexcusably wrong and I am glad that the young lady was not permanently injured from this

    I look at all the schools in Barbados and when I try to decide at what other schools would this have happened it’s all schools where students with limited academic learning ability attend

    These students are working towards CSEC just as is the same with all the other schools and probably won’t get back one

    Their minds are unemployed and this could be the reason for their silly behavior

    We need reform in our schools to gear these minds toward more positive things that they can actually achieve

    Would this SAME thing have happened at a school where students after the 11+ exam who got 80+% were assigned?

    We need reform not condemnation

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    • Celly January 18, 2018 at 11:59 am

      In 1983 or 1984 at Foundation School, a female student stabbed another female student to death in the bathroom. Delinquent behaviour is not confined to any limited academic learning ability or any older or newer secondary school. Stop spreading classism.

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      • Committed Bajan January 18, 2018 at 12:08 pm

        That’s why I capitalised the word SAME
        A stabbing is vicious and calculated
        Setting a person’s hair on fire as a joke is silly and empty headed

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  8. harry turnover January 18, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Nothing more than a prank people albeit a dangerous one.I am sure he would not have done it if he was by himself.
    Probably did it knowing full well that it would not have gotten out of control and with the full knowledge of those around.
    I was a victim of such a prank at the University of Waterford when my BEST FRIEND put a piece of paper in my back pocket and lit it in the presence of my other friends…of course it was put out in a hurry,although of course I wasn’t too impressed

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  9. Anonymous January 18, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Thank God for idiots. If we didn’t have them then we would not be aware of the atrocious behaviours of our young people. Thank you idiot. Hope appropriate action is taken against those involved including you

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  10. allison archer January 18, 2018 at 10:01 am

    People only in Mathematics can two wrongs make a right, we are sending mix messages to the immature

    at times I don’t believe it comes down to academic success, these young people minds have been strangely altered based on the behaviours and discipline from foremost their parental home life & authority figures in the land

    the ways of God have not been taught neither practice, too much hypocritical standards in the land leaving these little ones’ observant minds in a fragile state searching for those components to make them whole & complete

    there is too much lawlessness (sin) in the land from adults which the children gravitate to and mankind is prone to that which is evil

    people please turn back to your Maker Jesus the Christ

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  11. dis...aint rite January 18, 2018 at 10:03 am

    This young woman was(an still is) physiologically injured from this. This act is considered attempted murder.
    The school has to have a medium as to where these teen are given assistance there their puberty transition. I think I may have a solution to at least some of this madness.

    miss Katrina king… and the rest of the media crew there in Bim,along with the churches and the police. I would work to overtime here at the hospital to save up money to fly to Barbados to attend this meeting.

    I sympathize with the (revenge comments) here on the post but I think We should come together and gather so ideas and execute them. This can be done.

    but for right now, the military and the police need to show up at this school and take that boy and those who were there to witness this act of terror and hand cuff and take them away and give them the cat -of nine .Put this all on YouTube/Facebook

    and to ossie Moore and the rest of the (Charles Bronson) wanna be…
    safe your shotgun and ammo for the real craziness that’s heading for American. We have a president (Trump) who(in my opinion) had declared war on Africans and Haitians and brown people in general. He(Trump) has coded a majority of mainstream Americas the (go ahead) to …say what they want, and to act the
    way the want toward brown minorities.
    Your fight(Mr. Moore) is right here. And it’s real.

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  12. damian January 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Moral Panic that is the only word I can find to describe the comments and the news publicity of such acts. Society always wants to sensationalize news when it comes to acts of deviance especially when it comes to the youth. The “Law and Order” group always calling for harsher punishment, but according to studies harsher punishment does not deter crime.

    These acts shows a lack of resources available in Barbados to assist wayward youth. I was one of those youth growing up; gambling, stealing, and engaging in lawlessness. And base on my experience, the more a child have assets/resources available to them the better that turn out. Many of these kids do not have those assets. Positives role models..whether it be parents, family friend or peer. Indeed, social determinants does play a role in this matter.

    Therefore, “adults” please find a solution. Stop reacting to what you see on the news and be proactive. Mentor a youth in the community…be that positive role model. We need more diversions systems..restorative justice model…give these children a chance.

    It is time to get up; advocate for better programs for youth…or even better start your own in the community where you live.

    Please let us all join this fight because the youth’s problems are our problems and until we reach that consensus we will be left stagnant. #Better Barbados for everyone

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  13. milli watt January 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

    this society doesn’t have a clue yuh all like to talk, show dismay, disgusted by. yuh got all de words but the place still rotten and will continue to be so for a very long time. The DLP started to remove the idol from the UWI they got to start to restructure secondary school education. DATS RIGHT YUH ALL GHETTO RATS NEED TO START PAYING FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION. IF YOU DON’T PAY THE FEES LOCK UP DE IGRUNT MEN AND WOMEN WHO BREED indiscriminantly AND GET DESE MONGRELS.

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  14. Ossie Moore January 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Damian ! ! ! face to face point blank what you are saying makes quite a lot of sense but on the other hand why are you making excuses for the bastard idiots in Barbados.

    Damian says : ‘ Society always wants to sensationalize news when it comes to acts of deviance especially when it comes to the youth ”

    Ossie : Shouldn’t residents in their communities be informed that ” the youth ” is ( are ) shooting , killing , stabbing , robbing and lighting their daughter’s hair on fire . . . . in their communities ?

    Damian says : ” Therefore, “adults” please find a solution. Stop reacting to what you see on the news and be proactive. Mentor a youth in the community…be that positive role model. We need more diversions systems..restorative justice model…give these children a chance. ”

    Ossie says : So adults should not be worried about being killed by ” a youth ” ? . . . then again it’s not the youth’s fault that you or a family member is dead , it’s because the youth was not ” mentored ” by parents or an adult .

    Ossie to Damian : Damian ! Since you got all the solutions to the problems why don’t you open a ” mentoring youth clinic ” in Barbados to help solve the problems.

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  15. Ossie Moore January 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Damian ! ! ! face to face point blank what you are saying makes quite a lot of sense but on the other hand why are you making excuses for the idiots in Barbados.

    Damian says : ‘ Society always wants to sensationalize news when it comes to acts of deviance especially when it comes to the youth ”

    Ossie : Shouldn’t residents in their communities be informed that ” the youth ” is ( are ) shooting , killing , stabbing , robbing and lighting their daughter’s hair on fire . . . . in their communities ?

    Damian says : ” Therefore, “adults” please find a solution. Stop reacting to what you see on the news and be proactive. Mentor a youth in the community…be that positive role model. We need more diversions systems..restorative justice model…give these children a chance. ”

    Ossie says : So adults should not be worried about being killed by ” a youth ” ? . . . then again it’s not the youth’s fault that you or a family member is dead , it’s because the youth was not ” mentored ” by parents or an adult .

    Ossie to Damian : Damian ! Since you got all the solutions to the problems why don’t you open a ” mentoring youth clinic ” in Barbados to help solve the problems.

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  16. bajan dave January 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Unbelievable and unacceptable, the level people will sink to in order to achieve a few minutes of fame on the Internet! I presume that is what this was all about, but suppose the girl ended up scarred for life? In some countries people are punished based on what they have done (e.g. you steal, your hand gets chopped off); this character should have his hair set ablaze and see if he likes it!

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  17. Ossie Moore January 18, 2018 at 11:49 am

    jrsmith says : ” The hood ,the ghetto is with us , this is what our black people wanted so much to be as like ”

    Ossie says : THE HOOD ! ! ! It’s a very derogatory name for black neighborhoods and I never did like that name , I saw the movie and neither did I like the movie . Cuba Gooding Jr. ( who is of Barbadian descent also played in the movie )

    The ” hood” comes from the ending of the word ” neighborhood ” and of course it’s a ghetto movie.

    Boyz n the Hood : is a 1991 American teen hood drama film written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long, Regina King and Angela Bassett. This film was the acting debut for both Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut. Boyz n …

    Who is to blame for this derogatory name for black neighborhhoods ? . . . . . .. a black man of course.

    Black people will never have respect for one another because from the days of slavery they were taught not to love one anopther.

    Oh and by the way ! ! ! the popular word ” n**** ” that is being used today by blacks to express ” hippness and koolness ” ? It’s the product of another black man Richard Pryor who said .. . .

    ” that n***** is crazy ” . . . . . now you see that the black race destroyed its own self.

    I can’t remember who said it but someone once said :

    ” it’s time now for blacks to the NEIGHBOR back in the HOOD “

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  18. Ossie Moore January 18, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Correction :

    I can’t remember who said it but someone once said :

    ” it’s time now for blacks to put the NEIGHBOR back in the HOOD “

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  19. BramAZA January 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Damian, I agree with your comments. Lets start somewhere.
    Ossie Moore, Damian is making suggestions, maybe he doesn’t have the means to open up a “mentoring clinic” but with his and our suggestions something can be done, or get started.

    We first have to put our heads together, get people who care about our youth and who might have the means to get something started.

    We shouldn’t knock down positive input from others . 🙂

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  20. BramAZA January 18, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Damian, I agree with your comment. Ossie Moore, we have to start somewhere and by us coming together and trying to figure out how to help the youth that will eventually become adults is a start.

    Damian might not have the resources to start a mentoring clinic or a recreational center, but his idea or comment is valid. We do need to find a way to help these “creative” individuals.

    Politicians, churches, entertainers, families, communities, etc. Lets bring Barbados back to the top 20 places to visit.

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  21. damian January 18, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    @ Ossie Moore. Thanks for the feedback sir/mam. I a working on it. I am actually living in Canada…yes, I am thinking outside the box. I am seeing these issues from a different perspective. Currently, I doing a bachelor in Social Work and it is my plan to contribute to Barbados communities in one way or the other.

    What I can say is that Barbados is not progressive as I thought it was when I was living there. Certain systems in Barbados i oppressive to many citizens in society and need to be overhauled.

    #outofboxthinking

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  22. BramAZA January 18, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Damian, I so agree with your stance. First you have to figure out what the youth in Barbados needs, I see that you are already thinking. Ossie asked why don’t you open a “Mentoring Center”.

    Ossie, I know in order to be part of the solution , you first should have a plan. Do you have one?

    Thanks Damien for thinking outside of the box. We all need to do what we can in order to be part of the solution. Barbados can be part of the top 20 again..

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  23. Bram AZA January 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I agree with Damian, most of these youth need mentoring, if we as Barbadians that have the means to support some type of forum, outlet, mentoring clinic, Trade school/ classes or just a voice. Why not come together and make Barbados a likable place again. Back to the top 20 places to visit. 🙂

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  24. Bajan USA January 18, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Barbados need a collision of non political elders to set serious national policy to deal with Barbados problems. Barbados is suffering from lawlessness due to lack of enforcement personnel.

    Barbados government’s over the year’s have not put any effort into strengting law enforcement.

    We need enforcement department separate from the police with authority to issue law breakers with sitation.

    (1) Transit authority police.
    (2) school enforcement agencies
    (3) sanitation code enforcement.
    (4) building code enforcement agencies.

    These agencies will enforce the laws of Barbados and take some of the pressure off the police.

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  25. Bajan USA January 18, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Barbados need a collision of non political elders to set serious national policy to deal with Barbados problems. Barbados is suffering from lawlessness due to lack of enforcement personnel.

    Barbados government’s over the year’s have not put any effort into strengting law enforcement.

    We need enforcement department separate from the police with authority to issue law breakers with sitation.

    (1) Transit authority police.
    (2) school enforcement agencies
    (3) sanitation code enforcement.
    (4) building code enforcement agencies.

    These agencies will enforce the laws of Barbados and take some of the pressure off the police.
    In addition to my post the Barbados defense force need to be rename to the Barbados National Guard and given responsibly for nighttime border and coastal security. Living in the barrets while Barbados is wide open is a waste of resources.

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