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The Tobago House of Assembly s
(THA) Division of Education, Youth
Affairs and Sport is currently investi-
gating a video, which has gone viral on
social media, of two teenaged secondary
school students having sex in a class-
Parents and viewers on Facebook have
expressed outrage at the video, noting
the students were brave enough to com-
mit the act in their school uniform and
it seems to have been videotaped by
The school is based in Tobago's capital,
Scarborough. In the video, the female
student is sitting on top of the male stu-
dent on a chair in a corner of a class-
Several viewers posted comments such
as: "They should be expelled." "This is
disgusting, they should be expelled or
suspended." "Adult jail please. She looks
like Form One."
Contacted on the issue yesterday, THA
Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs
and Sport, Huey Cadette, said they were
currently investigating the matter as it
had been brought to their attention
"I am aware of it and it was being cir-
culated before," he told the T&T Guardian
in a telephone interview
Also contacted yesterday, T&T Unified
Teachers' Association (TTUTA) first vice-
president Antonia de Freitas said they
were unaware of the video but promised
to look into it.
"It is a cause of concern and it will
be investigated by the division," she said.
This is not the first time such sex acts
by students have been caught on video
and posted on social media.
Addressing the issue yesterday, pres-
ident of the National Parent Teacher
Association Zena Ramatali said a lack of
supervision could be one of the under-
lying factors which help to facilitate such
"Besides social issues, when it comes
to school there is a lack of supervision
and we have to reach out and teach the
children about having sex at an early age
and diseases you could contract from
having sex," she said.
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"Be careful of what you put on the internet.
It will never go away."
This is the cautionary tale every web user is
given the first time they use the computer. However,
many times, for whatever reason, images or infor-
mation surfaces on the internet that portrays
people in an unflattering light.
As well, with the advent of smart phones, which
act as both a camera and a computer, information
can be spread at the speed of light without the
victim being aware.
Leaked "sex tapes" are no longer a new phe-
nomenon. Many people, some well known and
some who are not, have experienced their sexual
encounters being shared widely around the web.
Locally, famous fashion designers and media
members were among the many victims of leaked
"sex tapes." And internationally some celebrity
sex tapes may have inadvertently or intentionally
However, with the constant exposure to so many
sexting incidences, some young people feel pres-
sured to engage in acts that they are not ready
for, and then they get filmed. Among children and
adults, leaked sex tapes and sexting images can
lead to cyber bullying, "slut shaming," loss of jobs
and in extreme cases, people commit suicide.
In 2011 two students from Fatima College were
filmed in the bathroom engaging in a sexual act.
That footage was later uploaded to YouTube. The
video circulated around Facebook, along with a
rumour that one of the boys committed suicide.
However, the rumour was not true.
West Indian cricketer Lendl Simmons is currently
in a private lawsuit with a woman with whom he
used to be intimate with. The woman is suing him
for sharing intimate photos of them via the mobile
apps WhatsApp and Viber.
Sexting and sex tapes are not the only problems
people encounter while online.
Former Chaguaramas Development Authority
(CDA) board member Jaishima Leladharsingh was
recently fired for racist statements he made a year
ago on Facebook.
While Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp
and Viber have become staples in the phones of
the everyday Trinidadian and Tobagonian, new
apps such as Snapchat, Tinder and Secret - Speak
Freely are becoming more popular.
The Education Ministry has engaged in debates
about banning camera phones from the schools
to avoid the filming of sexual and violent acts
among students. Recent camera phone viral videos
showed students engaging in fights and large brawls
both during and after school. However, students
still engage in sexting and sex videos.
In the past, the Education Ministry has stated
it cannot ban cellphones because a student is enti-
tled to their property. However, Education Minister
Dr Tim Gopeesingh has mandated an inter-min-
isterial team to come up with a new cellphone
policy for schools to end illicit school ground
over bold act
never goes away
Students' sex video goes viral
Ramatali said they had already planned an
anti-bullying walk in Tobago for May 1 but will
now have to factor in this latest incident as
part of their drive.
"We have invited and partnered with the
THA and there will be some of the students in
the walk and business people and we are
looking at motivational speakers. We will be
going with members of the PTA from Trinidad.
"We are hoping to sensitise our community
about the issues of discipline, sexual
exploitation and violence and values of their
bodies and making right choices," she added
Lana Boodoo-Maharaj, founder of the Stop
the Bullying Facebook page, said sex in school
was a very serious issue and parents support
was needed to solve the problem.
"The Ministry of Education is doing nothing
to solve the problems and parents need to
stand up and say more. We want all this to
"Since the ministry can't find a solution to
the issues, we the parents have some ideas
that can help them. Counselling and
suspension cannot solve the issue. If we the
parents don't act now our children will be lost
to this dreadful place," she added.
CAMPAIGN ON MAY 1
on the second
day of The
"Think Big, Start
Hotel, St Ann's,
students on the
topic "Sport, the
best friend you
can have." PHOTO
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