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"Many times when this happens they fall into the
wrong hands. When they re-enter school they are
worse than before," Teelucksingh said.
The initiative has already been approved by the
ministry and the Mediation Board is hoping it will be
introduced as early as January 2016.
Asked whether there was a concern that the peer
mediation efforts may fail because the students may
attack those seeking to help, Teelucksingh said, "The
school prefect system works, students have respect
for their peers in that scenario, so there is no reason
why this should be any different."
He said under the initiative, students will be identified
and trained by mediators and they in turn will work
alongside the experienced people who are already in
the system. There are currently 400 mediators in the
The Mediation Board s Education Committee also
wants the ministry to ensure that the Bachelor of
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An education committee of the Mediation Board
has recommended to the Education Ministry that a
project involving peer mediation be introduced into
the nation s schools to address the growing problem
of school violence in secondary schools.
The recommendation comes in the wake of the
latest incident in which 16-year-old Jodel Noel, a Form
Four student of the Brazil High school, was chopped
by a cutlass thrown by another student during a brawl
at the school on Wednesday. The brawl was allegedly
sparked by incident of bullying at the school.
It is just one of the many incidents of school violence
which has occurred in recent months, and in many
instances the fights
were captured on
video by fellow stu-
dents and posted to
social media sites.
Member of the
of the Mediation
Board, former mod-
erator of the Presbyterian Church Reverend Daniel
Teelucksingh, told the GML Enterprise Desk that the
most recent incident begs the question of how you
deal with problems like these. "Where did the fella
get the cutlass?" he asked.
Videos on social media sites in recent months have
also often shown schoolgirls fighting each other.
On this issue, Teelucksingh said, "It is worrying. It
is no longer just boys, the girls and gangs interacting
with each other, hopefully we will get into the schools
and try to get students to mediate where you have
The idea, he said, "is to get mediators from within
the bowels of the schools to deal with problems before
Whether this will be a solution to the issue of school
violence, which has been around for decades and
which is now seemingly reaching new heights with
the advent of social media, remains a burning question?
Teelucksingh says Education Minister Anthony Garcia
should do everything he can to curb the problem.
"It is worth a try. We have tried everything else and
it is certainly a better option than suspending students
for a week or two and then sending them home where
Brazil High School student Jodel Noel shows the cast on his leg at his family's
Arima home last week, the day after he was chopped by a cutlass thrown by
another student during a brawl at the school. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
As school violence continues
Calls for student
Former moderator of
told the GML
Enterprise Desk that
the most recent
incident begs the
question of how you
deal with problems
like these. "Where
did the fella get the
cutlass?" he asked.
Reverend Daniel Teelucksingh
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