This is how Minister of Education Ronald Jones is categorizing a recent viral video showing someone identified as a local secondary school teacher masturbating.
As a matter of fact, Jones is calling on the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and the Ministry of the Civil Service to conduct a full investigation into the matter, stressing that public officers, especially those who interact with children, must he held to the highest level of accountability.
“It is very worrying and extremely disturbing to me because anything which brings the teachers or the public service into disrepute is highly problematic,” Jones said.
“This is highly unfortunate that this seems to now be the case and it means the Personnel Administration Division and the Public Services Commission would have to do what is necessary in relation to the teacher. I am also sure that the Royal Barbados Police Force and other agencies would want to see if there were other issues or persons involved. Obviously the Computer Misuse Act would be brought into question to see if there was any intent to pollute public morality,” he told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.
In the video, which was seen by Barbados TODAY, the man, believed to be a physical education teacher at a St Michael school, could be seen exposing his private parts and blowing kisses, apparently at the intended recipient of the video.
However, Jones said even if the video was a private exchange between two consenting adults, it was still a demonstration of poor judgement on the part of the educator.
“I hope he sees the seriousness of what he has done because we have to look at the damage that this is now doing to the psyche of children and other people who have seen it. Any exposure or pornography, any sexual play captured over the Internet is absolutely dangerous, and to me it is a criminal offence. There is a greater responsibility placed on caregivers even if they are at a lower level. We all have to be super sensitive to our ethical and moral responsibilities,” the minister said.
President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd said he had also seen the video and, like Jones, he too was deeply concerned.
“I saw the video yesterday and I think that adults need to be more careful with what they do, especially given the advancements in technology. It is sad that the person happens to be a public officer, someone who works for the public and who in my view ought to show more responsibility whether it was done in private or not,” Shepherd said.
The BUT president said while details surrounding the recording were still sketchy, he was positive that it was now virtually impossible for the teacher in question to regain the respect of his students or colleagues.
“With any incident like that it is going to be close to impossible for the individual to regain the respect of those who would have respected you. I am certain that persons seeing the particular video would have felt as though they were let down by the individual. I keep saying to people all the time that we as adults have to set the example for the younger ones to follow. We are the ones who are seen as the positive role models in society and we have to behave as such. So it is very unfortunate but after seeing something like that I don’t think anybody can respect you,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the RBPF Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler said while he was not aware if a report had been lodged, the video had attracted the attention of lawmen.
“The Computer Misuse Act clearly makes it an offence for anyone to post videos of a pornographic nature on social media. Anybody that does that can be prosecuted for that,” Cobbler said.