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Petition against school sex videos

A member of Drug Education and Counselling Services bearing a placard outside Parliament Buildings yesterday as the organization seeks signatures for its petition for measures to combat sex videos in schools. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

By Lisa King | Wed, November 06, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Enforcement of the cellphone ban at schools, increased surveillance and the presence of guards are being proposed as measures to curb the proliferation of school sex videos in the island.

These are the measures being demanded in a petition drawn up by Roger Husbands, chairman of Drug Education and Counselling Services, who wants 5 000 signatures on the document that he plans to present to Government.

Husbands, a youth pastor and counsellor, said his petition was prompted by the discovery of two more videos depicting secondary school students engaging in sexual activity.

This follows the story and picture published in the SATURDAY SUN of October 26 with a boy and girl of a secondary school engaged in a sexual act. The picture was a still taken from a video that had been published on Facebook

Husbands said the banning of cellphones would stymie the filming of such acts and curb the worrying trend of the sale of videos over mobile phones. 

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Posted by ego evaluation 11 months, 4 weeks ago
Patient: doctor I am bleeding
Doctor: Just wrap it up and hide it, the blood will go away, don't worry about it.

This pastor and many others need to see that banning phones/ipads/laptops or any other technology is not the solution. Spend the money or start a petition to get counsellors in primary schools, more sex education teachers in primary and secondary school and professionals to identify abused& sexually active children in primary and secondary school.

You can have 1 guard to each child and if they want to have sex they would do it in front of them. This is a waste of resources and a bunch of people who do not understand the issues at hand but are blessed with lots of spare time and plenty f followers.

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Posted by Amanda L 11 months, 4 weeks ago
I agree with everything Ego Evaluation said, especially this:
"You can have 1 guard to each child and if they want to have sex they would do it in front of them."

Very true when you consider that the children in the video publicised by the Saturday Sun literally did have sex in front of others even though they had to be aware that others were there since the article reported that the other children cheered.

The cellphone cameras are not the problem. They are just making the problem more visible.

Sex in school is happening in every secondary school in Barbados from the older to the newer, from the urban to the rural.

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Posted by dirtyokra two point o 11 months, 4 weeks ago
Banning cellphones? In this day and age. Lol . Good luck with that Mr. Husbands. Those kid would probably prefer to skip school than to not bring their cell phones with them. Your suggestion while genuine in motive is lacking in execution. These videos are made as ways to rebel against authority. I find it hard to believe that imposing more rules on these kids will have any sort of positive results.

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Posted by Anita Delph 11 months, 4 weeks ago
Typical knee jerk reaction, while you ar it why don't you ban ipads, android tablets, computers/laptops, digital cameras and the internet. Lets not stop there, we should also ban pens, pencils & paper because we know how mischievous children can be.

We need to teach kids responsible ways to use technology. Keeping them "safe" by refusing to expose them to technology is irresponsible on our part. Students are using cell phones whether we ban them in school or not. They are communicating, sending pictures to each other, using social media and social networking, and consuming information. We need to be teaching them how to do this while protecting themselves from both mistakes they might make that will follow them for decades and others who want to do them harm. The dangers and pitfalls of using mobile devices aren't going away. Isn't it our responsibility to teach our students to be safe? It is also time for sex education to be on the primary and secondary schools curriculum. It is time to have assigned counsellors in schools to work with troubled students and a wider counselling network to assist both parents and children. Banning technology is not the answer.

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Posted by Kenneth King 11 months, 3 weeks ago
So, what I would say is, that banning cell phones will not solve the problem. I will say this, that maybe a system of all children entering the class rooms must give up their cell phones until recess. The reason for this is that no interference during school activities and only be turned on after you left the premises of the school. There are reasons why I would not ban a cell phone because that same device might save a child's life some day; we are becoming a World of evil acts of every kind, rapes and hold-ups etc and I think we have to look at this more carefully. It's unfortunate that these students in question have embarrassed themselves, parents and most sadly their school. I hope some serious measures will be taken for those who practice such vulgar acts in and around the school compound. The disrespect is so gross that there must be a serious message sent out to all the" wanna Be's". Parents need to take the Parent Teachers meeting seriously to know what is happening around the school and also their children. You try to understand what some parents priorities are, because many would not miss a party or event but the welfare of their kids are not that important, then blame others for their children's failure.

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