There has been another ugly stabbing incident involving secondary school students.
This afternoon emergency responders, including ambulance and police, were summoned to Daryll Jordan Secondary School in St Lucy after an altercation between students turned bloody around midday during the school’s lunch break, leaving five males injured.
Police Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss confirmed the incident which remains under investigation.
He explained that three of the five victims were transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance while the other two sought private medical attention.
Barbados TODAY understands that the altercation stemmed from a dispute between the students, which started yesterday.
“This whole thing started from the school bus yesterday. The students were quarrelling and it continued today. One student slapped the other with a rock in his face and then the fight started.
“When this happened a whole gang came and as a result some students were stabbed,” one source indicated, adding that a number of weapons, including scissors, metal and pieces of wood were confiscated.
Earlier this year, a similar incident occurred on a school bus, involving students from Daryll Jordan and Frederick Smith.
Two weeks before that, a disturbing video was circulating online showing a male student from Grantley Adams Memorial School setting fire to the hair of an unsuspecting female student, who was on her mobile phone at a bus stop a stone’s throw away from the Blackman’s, St Joseph school.
Another student quickly extinguished the fire and the affected pupil escaped injury.
However, the alleged perpetrator was later charged and sent to the Government Industrial School following the incident which drew sharp condemnation from the President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teachers Association Shone Gibbs, who described the video as “extremely disturbing” and nothing to laugh about.
Last November two teenagers were also arrested and charged in connection with an altercation at the Ellerslie Secondary School, which resulted in a 16-year-old male receiving several cutlass wounds to his right hand in what has been a series of worrying incidents that have prompted calls by both the Barbados Union of Teachers and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union for a comprehensive plan to be put in place to combat such incidents.
Back in 2016, at the height of concerns by teachers about a spate of violent incidents in schools, Minister of Education Ronald Jones had announced plans to establish a broad-based committee to investigate violence in schools, including student-on-student violence and student-on-teacher violence.
Jones had also said the committee would investigate any cases of teacher-on-student violence “if that exists” and would provide recommendations on how to resolve the issue and enhance security at schools.
However, since then little has been said and no noticeable plan has been put in place by the Jones-led ministry which is opposed to having metal detectors in school.