Friday, January 23, 2009

Violence in Jamaican schools.

Wow, look at these pictures, and tell me the difference. Look at the kids, look at what's on and what's not on. This is ridiculous.
Mostly White.

Mostly Black.

I got up this morning to check my mail and I saw this.
I was somewhat surprised, because this school is one of the best schools in Jamaica and the people in charge of the institution have to deal with this. It's an embarassment to people like my father, and maybe my brother (because they are 'old boys'-meaning, they attended the school). As the years go by I've been hearing about other students that attend other schools getting into fights and so on. The students that participated in such violence were only suspended. But because the school is Kingston College, and they have a reputation to hold. So this guy that use to attend the school thinks that it's best to expell them.
According to them, a reputation is so much better than to help the students.
P.S. Jamaican schools are starting to remind me like American schools. I remember the days when I use to attend school in Jamaica and walk in freely without going through any metal detectors. I experienced going through metal detectors at airports. The way how they treat you at the airport, is the same way they treat the students who are entering High School. We have to take our shoes off, empty our pockets, take our jackets off,etc. I felt like a prisoner, and I know that I wasn't the only one. The way how they treated us was terrible. We felt like prisoner. Now they are planning on putting them in the Jamican schools. Do they really think that's going to help? As a teen, going through metal detectors just made me want to bring things in the school. At times I accomplished. I know I'm not the only one. The limit I see students go through to bring things in the school is so funny. The detectors won't lessen the situation, it will just make it worse in my opinion.

Oh, another thing. I use to attend a public school which consist of all races; whites, black, hispanics, etc. I had a volleyball game and the school we were going to play were in this all white neighborhood. When we got there we didn't have to go through any metal detectors. We were all surprised. What does this tell us? Oh because in our school we have blacks, hispanics, chinese and whites we can't be trusted? That's bull..... Because of the way they treat us (the students), most of us retaliate by behaving unruly. Start fights, give out threats and so on. Doing that (scanning), tells us that you don't trust us. So the way how they (the admistration) treat us, is the way we act.

Chaos at KC- Students attack teacher - Police, education ministry called in
Published: Friday January 23, 2009
Tyrone Reid, Staff Reporter
Kingston College students make their way home after school yesterday. - Norman Grindley/Acting Photography editor
Two students of Kingston College (KC) were yesterday taken into police custody for their involvement in a violent incident that left one of their peers injured.
The latest incident followed another on Tuesday when classes at the school's North Street campus ended abruptly after several ninth-grade students attacked and beat a teacher.
After the fracas on Tuesday, sixth formers were assigned to man the classes while the teachers staged a meeting to strategise the way forward.
The teacher who was attacked did not report for duty on Wednesday.
Eye injury
He told The Gleaner that he sustained an injury to his eye. He said the scuffle was between him and a student but then other students from the class joined in and started to attack him.
A sixth-former said that the mêlée was broken up by fifth-form students who stormed into the classroom and rescued the teacher.
The teacher was reluctant to provide more details as he said it was now a court matter.
Everton Burrell, KC's principal, was out of office during our visit yesterday and Juliet Wilson, a vice-principal at the institution, refused to comment.
When The Gleaner visited the school's North Street campus, there was a loud roar as students rushed to a section of the schoolyard.
After the shouting and confusion subsided, our news team was told that at least two students had attacked another boy with knives. The boy, in defending himself reportedly struck one of his schoolmates in the head with his T-square. He had to receive medical attention.
On Wednesday, teachers, with the help of officials from the education ministry, school resource officers and guidance counsellors, conducted training and guidance sessions for the entire school day.
Margaret Muschette-Phillips, Jamaica Teachers' Association contact teacher at KC, said the boys were taught about ethics, how to deal with conflicts and the need to show respect to persons in authority.
Muschette-Phillips said the police warned the boys about the consequences of their actions and also briefed them about life behind bars.
She said teachers were not pleased with the student's misconduct.
Former president of the Kingston College Old Boys' Association, Dr Winston Davidson, said such aggressive behaviour displayed by the students should not be tolerated.
"With behaviour like that, those boys can't continue in the school. They should be expelled forthwith," he said.
Miranda Sutherland, president of the National Parent-Teachers Association of Jamaica, condemned fighting in school. Sutherland also said she believes that the violence in schools can be corrected, but not overnight. "It is not a situation that cannot be returned to normal but it will take time."

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