While noting a zero-tolerance for student indiscipline, Minister for Education Myron Walwyn has called on parents to intervene in curbing the current display of unruliness among their children.
Walwyn’s call follows the latest fight among Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) students outside the RiteWay supermarket in Pasea Estate on Monday (March 19). A video of the fight is currently circulating on social media.
“We have been having some disturbance by students. I know many persons listening to me now perhaps have seen a video going around with students fighting today,” Walwyn said on NDP Radio last evening.
“That matter needs to come to an end very quickly. It is very troubling to me”.
“I want to take this opportunity now to say to parents to speak to your children about their conduct after school … It is a very difficult time now in the country and if we could have had school for the full day, it would have been done by now,” he continued.
Students will be disciplined
Walwyn then made it clear that the students involved in the Monday’s public brawl, or any other fight thereafter, will be punished.
“We are not going to tolerate students fighting in town particularly in their school uniform,” he said.
“We are going to treat it exactly the same way as if you were fighting on the school compound, and whatever disciplinary actions are necessary they will be taken.”
He added that ESHS principal, Sandy Underhill has his full support when it comes to disciplining students.
The school has been garnering an increasingly bad reputation in relation to student indiscipline and public rowdiness.
Both the business operators and the residents have been expressing concern over these incidents.
Management at the Tortola Pier Park recently banned minors from entering the park if they are not accompanied by an adult. The park later rescinded the ban.
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