The Alexandra School in St Peter has not been spared the growing trend of worrying violence, which seems to be attacking the island’s schools.
Today, a male student was forced to seek medical attention after he was stabbed by another male student during an altercation there.
Efforts to reach Principal Olson Alleyne were unsuccessful but Barbados TODAY understands that the incident, involving a fourth and a fifth former, occurred just after lunch.
When contacted tonight, President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union Mary Redman said she was neither aware of the Alexandra incident nor unconfirmed reports of a “choking” incident involving a teacher and a student at another Government-run school, whose principal also could not be reached.
However, just yesterday President of the National Council of Parent Teacher Association Shone Gibbs called on the authorities to put a stop to rising violence in schools.
Gibbs told Barbados TODAY he had been informed of four reports in recent weeks of students assaulting teachers as he 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 then. (KJ)