A teacher at one of this island’s Government-run secondary schools was today forced to seek urgent medical attention after she was reportedly spat on and kicked in her vagina by a 13-year-old female student.
Barbados TODAY understands that the incident stemmed from an attempt by the teacher to verbally discipline the student, who was asked to step outside the classroom.
Up to the time of publication neither Principal Major Errol Brathwaite nor top officials of the Ministry of Education, including Minister Ronald Jones, could be reached for comment.
However, so shook up was the 42-year-old teacher following today’s incident that she was said to be contemplating not returning to the Black Rock, St Michael learning institution, which has reportedly been grappling with problems of illegal drugs and theft.
“I have had enough, something is wrong at that school,” said an irate spokesman for the teacher, who described the student involved in today’s attack, as “troubled”.
He also expressed concern that the principal did not immediately suspend the student, but said the matter had been reported to police.
The incident is not the first one at the urban secondary school. Just recently, a student was reportedly suspended for one day after a teacher was “pushed right down”. That teacher, who is in her 50s, has since been sent on two years’ sick leave.
Attacks on teachers by students are a worrying but growing development, according to President of the National Council of Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) Shone Gibbs, who called on the authorities to put a stop to it.
Gibbs told Barbados TODAY this evening that he had been informed of four reports in recent weeks of students assaulting teachers.
The NCPTA head called on schools boards and the Ministry of Education, who are ultimately responsible for the welfare and security of the schools, to send a “clear message” to students that this behaviour was unacceptable.
“It is one too many. Two, three, four; this is a no no. We need to deal with it and be very clear that it will not be tolerated in our schools. Send a clear message that this will not be tolerated,” Gibbs said. (AH/KJ)