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Remember back in the day
when a fight would break out
and everyone would rush to
see but only the two people fight-
ing would get involved? People
wanted to see what was going on,
but there was a code of ethics that
you didn t double-team a person
and you didn t pick up someone
else s battle if it didn t have any-
thing to do with you.
Kids had fights, pulled hair,
kicked, scratched and punched,
but when the teacher or coach or
principal came to break up the
fight no one was left dead on the
ground and often when it was a
fair fight, that was the last you
would hear of it except for the
trouble with the principal for get-
ting into a fight in the first place.
Today, the classroom in many
schools is the place where stu-
dents decide to take matters into
their own hands. They retaliate
against other students for any
action they feel was unjust and for
any reason, from simple dislike, to
gossip, to rival gang members.
This is not to suggest that every
classroom is a war zone and that
no student can safely go to school
and get an education. However, it
is to suggest that school violence
has continued to increase and that
many are being harmed by this
Finger pointers are quick to
blame television with the increased
violence that is portrayed in pro-
gramming, even for small children.
Cartoon villains with a vendetta
for blood and plans to destroy the
world are prime time viewing
choices on channels that are sup-
posed to be kid-friendly.
Although parental guidance
should dictate whether or not
these programmes are appropriate
for children of a certain age, this
is not always the case.
Many believe that the increase in
violence in the schools is a direct
result of the increase in violence
Television alone cannot be
blamed for school violence any
more than students can be consid-
ered the only ones who are
harmed by the violent acts that
happen in and around schools.
The truth of the matter is that
students are being affected nega-
tively by the violence because the
majority of it is aimed at them or
students they know.
Students, though, are not the
only ones being harmed, particu-
larly when the violence results in
permanent injury or death.
Perhaps the most important way
to help your child avoid school
violence is by showing them lov-
ing and peaceful solutions to their
problems; encouraging them to
partake in religious activities that
will aid the development of spiri-
tual and morals values.
Try to lead by non-violent
example which does not involve
being a pushover but by using
logic and constructive ways to deal
with problems that arise.
Check your child s school bag
regularly and observe their behav-
ioural patterns. Make sure that you
are aware of your child and don t
ignore changes in behaviour---that
may be the first sign that there is
some violence taking place at
Let them know that if they are
being subjected to violence, you
are there to help resolve the issue
right away. Regularly check with
your child s school to see what
measures are in place to assist
children who are subjected to vio-
Parents should maintain a
healthy rapport with teachers and
make regular visits to the child s
school. Indeed, all stakeholders
need to come together and put all
hands on deck with a view to
finding lasting solutions to this
horrible menace that is turning to
be a nightmare, and timely inter-
vention is the only solution to
A day to honour the ancestors
As we celebrate Indian Arrival Day, let us take a moment to
reflect on what this day means to us a nation. The bravery,
courage and hope for a better future that led to an amazing
oceanic odyssey created many stories of undeniable hard work
and sacrifice that built a nation.
And not just the contributions of the East Indian indentured
labourers we should reflect on, but each and every one of our
ancestors transcending all racial boundaries, who toiled and
sweat to create a bright future for our beloved Trinidad and
All those unsung heroes who survived all manner of hard-
ship and overcame insurmountable odds, are the one we
should honour and cherish on this day. Through their sacrifice,
we now have a nation we can be proud of.
However, there are those hell-bent on destroying our ances-
tors' great legacy in the blink of an eye. Some in our society
are like a rudderless ship, much unlike the ones that brought
our heroes of the past to these shores. They drift aimlessly,
without purpose and without values, engaging in activities
that destroy the moral fabric of our nation.
I urge these individuals to not trivialise the efforts of those
gone before us. Please continue the efforts of those that came
here looking for a brighter future and doing everything to cre-
ate it. Give up the belief that you can get something for noth-
ing, that great rewards can be had without great effort.
Please stop the lies, half-truths and innuendos pervading
our everyday existence and let us continue with the struggle
to be a truthful nation. For it is this that will set us free.
I recall a letter of commenda-
tion recently in the press about
the military precision with which
the road from the Endeavour
Overpass to the Caroni Savannah
Road was milled and resurfaced. It
was reminiscent of the work by
French company Vinci Construc-
tion at the Uriah Butler-Churchill
Roosevelt Highway, which
amazed us all with the construc-
tion of multiple overpasses with
minimal traffic disruption in the
This brings me, unfortunately,
to the stark contrast of the work
by other local contractors---a case
in point being the recent work at
Rodney Road, traversing Lange
Park in Chaguanas.
If the previous examples were
cases of precision, the Rodney
Road resurfacing was a tribute to
On at least two separate days
there was utter chaos on the road.
There was little or no co-ordina-
tion of the effort which resulted in
homes and businesses along the
route being cut off with ab-
solutely no prior notice.
How on earth, in this day and
age, can access to one's property
be denied without so much as an
explanation, timeline or notice?
Patients visiting the doctor's of-
fice were told by police that they
would be allowed in, but not out
again! Roti shops in the area lost
their sales and food for the day.
Residents were simply told that
they could not access or leave
At the end of the exercise in
frustration, the road itself seems
hardly worth the effort and dis-
ruption---with large rough portions
and several unpaved areas.
I would like to invite the Mayor
and Minister of Local Government
to visit the scene and do all within
their power to ensure that the
contractor involved never receives
any further contracts for work
There must be oversight and
planning of these works. Failure to
monitor the quality and courtesy
of delivery amounts to throwing
taxpayer monies down the drain.
NIP SCHOOL VIOLENCE IN THE BUD FAILING FLAG
The national flag is hoisted incorrectly at the Defence Force
Building on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
Bad planning, poor work at Rodney Road
Mc Bean, Couva
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