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What’s Trending: Students suspended

What’s Trending: Students suspended

Wed, October 17, 2012 - 1:40 PM

The Nation’s Online Editor Carol Martindale looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados.

Our online readers are out of the gates early today with comments on the story that 265 students from the Graydon Sealy Secondary School received suspension letters for alleged uniform infringements.

Parents are angry and are demanding the immediate withdrawal of the letters issued by the principal Matthew Farley.

The action follows Monday’s all-school inspection, carried out by Farley and other senior teachers, which ended with the issuing of the controversial letters of suspension to members of the 942-strong student body.

Our readers have been voicing their views on this issue:

John Da Silva: “A child's right to an education should not be trampled on for such trivial issues.”

Nikita Moore: “I'm new to this debate but I think this principal is trying to distract because his method makes no sense. I really hope that after all of this a Garrison education has merit.”

Desareen Waithe: “My daughter was 1 out the 265 that was sent home saying her uniform was to big this whole situation is such a mess I think higher authorities should step in at this point…”

Jay Butcher: “What all of you should be doing is supporting the schools, and school rules. Young people aren't the problem it is the adults that set double standards.”

Kezi Watson: “Seriously, this man is just looking for attention. Those uniforms are well done and they all look respectable. I see no problem with how their uniforms look. They look the right length, their shoes are the right kind and none of them have ridiculous hair dos or anything of the sort. Yes, they are some who probably broke the rules but I doubt that over 200 students did.”

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Posted by Cheese On 2 years ago
Of course they came back to school with the uniforms longer! Why would they wear the short nippy ones for Bad Press when the Nation team arrives to print their story of being "unfairly treated'.

I agree with Jay Butcher's comment, that the parents present Double Standards!

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Posted by SANDREA BUTCHER 2 years ago
Based on one of the photos in the Wednesday Nation (print), one of the females actually had on the wrong school shoes. She was wearing black sneakers. Another female had on two bands on her hand, one black and one red, yellow and green. When these same children get into the workplace they will not follow the dress codes that have been established. This is a lesson in following guidelines that have been set out by those in authority.

Should I make an illegal right turn on the highway because I believe that the extra distance wastes too much gas? No wait, maybe I should go into a farmers' field and commit praedial larceny, because I believe that the prices in the supermarkets are too high. Better yet, when I build my house I should go into Walkers and carry away a few loads of sand because the commercial price is too expensive. Actually, I should go and build the same house on somebody's land (with a stone foundation), squat for five years and then they can't get me to move. During that time I wouldn't have paid a cent in land tax, but can paint the house, get utilities put in, and have MCTV.

Mr Farley should not change his decision. When my grandmother had my skirts made, she went to the factory with her measuring tape, and made them change the length to 2 and a half inches below the knee because I "might grow". She also insisted the style being A line, yes flared at the bottom. And that was in the 90's when everybody else had skirts above their knees at the older secondary schools. She was following the guidelines that were set out by the school.
Stupse! Parents boy!

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