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Teachers want more security

RANDY BENNETT, [email protected]

Teachers want more security

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Teachers at Grantley Adams Memorial want the Ministry of Education to hastily address their safety concerns and start by expelling the five students who were involved in a stabbing incident on Tuesday.

During an emotionally charged three-hour meeting at the St Joseph school yesterday attended by Ministry officials led by Parliamentary Secretary in the ministry, Harry Husbands, and approximately 70 teaching and non-teaching staff, teachers shouted and cried and some had to be consoled as they recounted some of the horrors they had endured at the hands of students.

The latest incident resulted in police charging a 16-year-old, and two 14-year-olds, in relation to injuring three 15-year-old boys and a 12-year-old girl who was struck by a stone.

The school will remain closed today when a second meeting will be held, and Husbands sent a stern warning to the public that “difficult decisions” would have to be made to protect all staff.

“Difficult, hard decisions we are going to have to take and when we take them, I am not interested in any braying from any sections of the public,” he said.

The meeting reportedly came to an end shortly after president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman, and second vice-president Reverend Charles Morris and several other BSTU officials entered. (RB/SAT)

Please read the full story in today’s Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.