Saturday 14 December, 2019

THA Chief Secretary: Students in school fight will face consequences

Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Kelvin Charles, is denouncing the "criminal behaviour" displayed by some secondary school students in the sister isle.

His comment follows the circulation of videos on social media, depicting a group of students from the Signal Hill Secondary School, gathered at various points outside the Bishops High School on Wednesday.

These students reportedly intended to start a fight.

The THA Chief also noted that a separate video has been shared online in much of the same context. However, he praised an MTS security guard at the Bishops High School who managed to contain the situation. Police was also contacted to quell the disturbance.

"It is quite disturbing and uncomfortable to learn of these incidents, especially less than 24 hours after the burial of a Tobago stalwart, Mr Donald 'Sonny' Parks. Only mere hours after the burial I received the news of the first incident at the Bishops High School. There seems to be considerable erosion of discipline in some of our homes and communities."

 Meanwhile, Charles called on parents to discipline their children as he blamed the ones who failed to do so, for the ill behaviour displayed. 

"Some parents are trying very hard to teach their charges the right way but there are a few who have neglected their responsibility and the time has come for you to take back the reins of your households. We do not want the few deviant ones to spoil our piece of paradise"

The Chief Secretary and Secretary for Education, Innovation and Energy confirms that the Division of Education is currently investigating both incidents that occurred and gave the assurance that the perpetrators will be dealt with accordingly.

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