It is with reluctance this blogmaster highlights the death of 16 year old student who was stabbed to death by a fellow student of similar age from the same school. The taking of the life caused by an argument over $20 that arose from a gambling session.
Predictably the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) have scheduled a meeting tomorrow at 12:30PM at Solidarity House to discuss the matter – the only agenda item – Deadly Violence Within Our School System.
The BU family have been discussing the deterioration in the social fabric of our society from inception of the blog in 2007 and others beyond. The indiscipline playing out in our schools is mirroring the current state of affairs in the wider society. Why then are we surprised when tragedy strikes as it did last Friday?
There are calls for greater security on school premises, more counselors, improved parenting and the cries are endless.
For over 40 years we have allowed the PSV sector to run amok on the island.
The BSTU, BTU and other unions have been silent when bad apples in the teaching service have perpetrated unprofessional acts (sexual) on students.
Most parents do not attend parent teacher’s meetings because they are ‘busy’
Politicians do not lead by example, case in point Michael Carrington withheld an old man’s money and the then prime minister refused to fire the offender.
Senior teachers appointed to the service based on political affiliation.
The blogmaster does not have the emotional stamina to continue with this blog except to suggest we are finding out what it is “to sow the wind and reap the whirlwind“.