School security guards must break up fights, Jones says

Government is to consider changes to the contracts of security officers stationed at the island’s schools to include the protection of students and teachers.

There have been reports that security guards have been refusing to break up fights among students, because they claimed this was not part of their job description.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones said this morning this had to change and protection of personnel clauses would have to be written into the contracts of all such officers.

“We are going to have to look into that because the duty of care would not be stated in their job descriptions,” Jones told Barbados TODAY following a press conference at the Ministry of Education, where the worrying increase of school violence was addressed.

“As it stands the law would expect that as an adult you would take reasonable action to prevent these things from happening. That duty of care demands that these officers must take reasonable action to bring an annulment of bad behaviour. So it is saying to me that we might need all the agencies involved in the provision,” he stressed.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY on Tuesday following a stabbing at Grantley Adams Memorial School, which resulted in injuries to four students, President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman said she had informed the Ministry of Education back in 2016 about the concerns of the security officers.

However, she said even in the face of two stabbings involving school children in the space of a week, as well as a cutlass attack back in November last year in which a 17-year-old student of The Ellerslie School lost a finger, the ministry had yet to address this contractual ambiguity.

“The security officers are making it clear that their job is to protect the property and we have made that clear to the Ministry of Education. This is a problem for teachers because if the security guards are saying that they only are responsible for the property then they need to hire different security guards with the conditions of service which would involve protecting persons on the school plant,” Redman said.

However, Jones said the security officers were “badly informed” if they believed their only function was to guard property.

The minister acknowledged that the guards were working in an increasingly difficult environment where “the level of disrespect for law and order can be seen emerging within our society”.

Still, he said, they ought to behave like adults whenever there were skirmishes.

“Once you are legitimately on the school compound as an adult you have a duty of care in relation to those students. So any security officer who believes that they can just simply stand by and watch students destroy each other are badly informed,” Jones said.

26 Responses to School security guards must break up fights, Jones says

  1. Alex Alleyne February 9, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    No Sir , that’s your JOB.

    • Jennifer February 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      Alex, jONES should do it personally, he and COMPANY got the WHOLE lot of SYSTEMS FU. Smooth criminals.

  2. Saga Boy February 10, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Alex are you a clown?

    • harry turnover February 10, 2018 at 7:14 am

      Think Alex Alleyne means the Security guards.Just that he has put it together so wrong that it looks as though it means Jones and wuk up.
      Hope he doesn’t mean that every time there is a fight,that the security guards’ job is to phone Jones and he gine come and brek up the fight.

  3. straight talk February 10, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Mr. Jones have to take some of the blame for the foolishness that is going on in schools. Very often Mr Jones made it look like he was against teachers by the foolishness he talk in the presence of children making them believe that they are right and he is on their side. After the 11 plus teachers are everything that is good but when that is finish don’t complain and don’t and don’t strike.

    • harry turnover February 10, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Well said and SO TRUE 90% of the time he has to make an address with teachers and pupils present he makes the children feel they are the ones in control and the teachers are made to look like lil boys and girls

    • Jennifer February 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      JONES two sided, two mouted, double barrelled, double minded etc.

  4. Sheron Inniss February 10, 2018 at 7:10 am

    @ Saga Boy. I agrees with you. At the end of the day I going home to my loved ones. Mr Jones gotta be mekking sport.

    One life to live; don’t let no school wo/man tek wunnuh lives. All right for Mr J to talk.

  5. harry turnover February 10, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Can some one please tell me the job and responsibilities of a SECURITY guard ?

  6. Joy February 10, 2018 at 7:24 am

    One security guard cannot break up a fight with 12 armed children. The Ministry of Education needs to place metal
    Detectors in schools starting with the ones that are the hotbeds for violent activity and then extending it to all schools.

    The perimeter of the schools need to be properly secured so that throwing weapons onto the premises for later retrieval is also addressed.

    The responsibility can not be placed on the lowest paid employees, like the guards, while the highly paid officers like the Minister and Permanent Secretary are not held accountable!

  7. Committed Bajan February 10, 2018 at 7:41 am

    The last guard that did that at the vocational training board got stabbed
    Jones forget that already?
    Putting a guard to fear for his life on a daily basis,
    I don’t think so
    Next possible solution please

  8. Harry February 10, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Spot on Joy. Karen Best is reported to have said that “there is no need to place metal detectors at the schools as the Teachers have the right to search students and to if necessary call the Police should weapons be found”. I am trying to understand this statement, is she referring to same Teachers – mainly female – who are expressing fear and concern for their personal safety ? does she expect that teachers will confront these lawless students?? well well but then again…….

  9. terry miller February 10, 2018 at 10:27 am

    does the education act give any power to the security guard to stop and search a student while on a school compound I say to the ministry of education amend the education act which should read that a security guard whom is known as the school guard shall stop and search any student vistors whom may be suspect to be carrying a weapon while be on a school compound. and a school bus taking school children to and from school, and a school compound shall be a place of learning or education he shall arrest with out a warrant any such person or persons and take them before the nearest police station with in 24 hours , the offences any person whom contravention of this act is guilty and may paid a find of 10,000 or two year in prison or both,

  10. Jennifer February 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Watch it security – u could get a stab or two. Mr Jones doing all sort of bs except educate those RH children.

  11. Mac February 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Mr. Jones have traded your intelligence for stupidity.
    How can you expect an unarmed guard to stop armed and vicious children from fighting.?

  12. Jennifer February 10, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Did anyone see those varying types of knives retrieved from them children bags this week, only the meat cleaver was missing. No security, don’t do it, sell ackees first.

  13. Goldengirl49 February 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    The Ministry of Education don’t know what to do in the present, prevailing situation so they are catching at straws. How does an unarmed security guard confront armed children?

  14. luther thorne February 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    When I heard Karen Best, I was shocked.
    What the arse she tawking bout doah ?

    When I heard that statement, I said that I now understand why we are having problems in Education and in the Country in general. It was not a wise statement.

    But this is what happens when women have a lot of say or the only say in a society or organization or a serious business entity. Women are not cut out for certain things. We need MEN to resume their roles and position. The experiment with females is OVER – Failed !! Marginalized men need to come forward and take back the schools where they can allow boys to be masculine play cricket and other games , sweat during their lunchtime and rough it with the boys. Women teachers do not encourage such things. Cricket is a wonderful game of controlled aggression. It can assist in chanelling aggression.

    Right now boys in schools are bored and fed up with female tea chers, too many and the attitudes of the teachers towards them. The things these teachers say to them , cut their eyes at them and marginalize them. That is why the school child behaving bad. They are not getting discipline at home nor at school and both are because of that female element dominating.

    Much of our problems stem from how we are treating others. We in the black Caribbean treat each other bad. Look at cricket. The players go off to India , England etc and get treat properly. Bout here now, people treat them scruffy. Do you think that given options they are going to choose West Indies over anybody else. The players get treat really well over in away. Even a DOG know when you like he and does treat he well.

    Check a DOG.
    If you treat he bad , beat he, pelt at he and tell he nasty things , that dog does run from you. He is not going to come round you.
    I know a dog that used to chill out wid the men every night, he would get something to eat and something to drink. When the men dispersing , the dog would leave and go home just like a man. Everytime the men congregate the dog would come around , speak to everybody and lay down an relax wid the fellas.. So the point is that even a DOG knows when he is loved and appreciated and reacts accordingly. How about a human ?

    • jennifer February 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Some dogs faithful yeh. Believe you me.

    • jennifer February 10, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      Excellent, 3rd paragraph is on point.

    • Jennifer February 10, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Do u know boys r not allowed to wear beards at school. This is the biggest and most common form of emasculating (identity deprivation) men.

  15. jrsmith February 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Lots of young black kids in Barbados is running out of excuses, they are quite aware of what they are doing , because they are playing catch up as to be as lots of they parents …. As I said before in Barbados we have young whites and ethnic young people , why are they not behaving as like black young people …..
    To blame Mr ,Jones what difference that’s going to make none , he is a politician how dare you people blame him… He is not Accountable to anyone……………….
    Things in general would change tomorrow in Barbados , but the people who matters is not really concern…………..

    • jennifer February 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      He makes the rules, that’s why he should be blamed. I am sure in these private schools the operations/rules are very different.

      Then don’t blame the AG for the upsurge in crime either. These black leaders have mixed dove and crow together catering for the dove, well the crows will eat them alive. Keep watching. Nobody here don’t want to be accountable for anything.

  16. jrsmith February 11, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Realizing the fact that in Barbados our politicians is not accountable to our black masses … This is dangerous to the security people, they will have to wear protective vest and may be carry a gun ,these are rough times , this is how the politicians pass the buck………………………………
    My take kids go to school to learn some who wants to , others carry with them the criminal gene , attitude , bad behaviour …
    Mr Jones do you ******g job , stop playing games with our bajan people lives , when kids fight call in the police arrest and charge them , ……..
    The kids who want to play boys in the hood and be ghetto minded need to be taught a lesson ……………..
    Mr Jones need to show he rally cares … Bajans parents need to be put on notice , reign in they kids control they kids behaviour or else they would pay a penalty, stop kid gloving the kids and parents…………………………………….
    Coming down on the kids side ,look how our politicians is showing themselves up to world , they themselves is totally out of control…

  17. archy perch February 11, 2018 at 6:25 am

    But this is what happens when women have a lot of say or the only say in a society or organization or a serious business entity. Women are not cut out for certain things. We need MEN to resume their roles and position. The experiment with females is OVER – Failed !! These are the above words of BLP yardfowl, luther thorne the “I am going on hunger strike until they call elections”man.
    Need I say his sentiment I share when it comes to the nightmare idea of Mia as Prime Minister. She is not cut out for it.

  18. Helicopter(8P) February 13, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Armed children mean uninformed and neglectful parents. Point blank! Parents will be responsible for their children’s actions!!


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