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While bullying continues to rear its
ugly head in schools, Monsignor Chris-
tian Pereira believes it is part of the
national problem of violence.
In an interview yesterday, Pereira said
the high crime that has been plaguing
T&T for sometime was now affecting
the school system.
He added: "It is certainly part of the
whole problem and it is trickling down
into the schools. Children live with that
when they get home on the televisions
but we have to deal with this in the
schools as well.
"There is a general breakdown in the
society. There is lawlessness in this soci-
ety, together with the unwillingness of
adults to set the tone and to guide the
young ones. The adults, parents and
teachers themselves are afraid of taking
T&T Unified Teachers Association
president Davenand Sinanan agreed that
what took place in schools was a reflec-
tion of society. Labelling T&T as a violent
society, he said the school alone could
not implement the proper value systems
required for children's development.
"The fact of the matter is that in 2014,
we are a very violent society, some of
us would choose to ignore that.
"We have to look at what is happening
in the home and how children are being
socialised by their parents, how they are
being socialised by other members of
the community, the role that the com-
munity is playing or not playing in the
upbringing of children and the creating
of values. Violence has now become an
accepted part of our culture," he added.
He said the media was also culpable
in creating a violent society by the con-
tents they publish and broadcast. He
said while teachers tried to instill the
proper values, violence, sex and alco-
holism were being glorified in the media.
Sinanan added: "We really have to
re-examine what is happening with us
as a society and I have to give licks where
licks is due.
"You all in the media are not helping.
As teachers, sometimes we tell ourselves
we are fighting a losing battle.
"Sometimes you are trying to teach
children certain value systems and when
you look in the media, you realise that
there is a different value system being
"Violence is glorified, sex is glorified,
alcohol consumption is glorified and the
music that fills the airwaves very often
is glorifying violence."
One of the students involved in
Monday s bullying incident at
Presentation College, San Fernan-
do, said yesterday he believed the
stabbing was an over-reaction to
an innocent prank.
The incident, which developed
when a Form Four student placed
a cockroach in his schoolmate's
bag, ended in violence and both
students had to be taken to the San
Fernando General Hospital, with
one of them being warded in a seri-
ous condition that required sur-
Sitting with his father on his
hospital bed yesterday, the 15-year-
old student of South Oropouche,
who cannot be identified due to
his age, admitted to playing the
practical joke. However, he said he
expected a revenge prank in return
"I am really concerned about
why he did it," the student said.
"I don't really think it was the
right reaction to what I did. I am
kind of concerned about him, with
what he did and his mental health.
It was not anything too serious, I
didn't think he would have taken
it so far."
He added: "On Monday he came
up to me and the first thing he said
was I want to tell you something
"I assumed it was some stupid
revenge to the prank so I said well
ok,' because I figured that was going
to happen. He told me to close my
eyes and put out my hands so I
assumed he was going to put
something stupid in my hands but
then he stabbed me."
The student said he became
afraid and overwhelmed when he
was stabbed and someone took
him to the principal's office. A
teacher took him to the hospital.
He said although he and the
other student were not friends,
they would speak to each other
With regard to his health, the
student said there was no severe
pain although he was stabbed in
the back and chest, adding he was
only waiting on an X-ray before
the doctors gave the go-ahead to
His father said his only concern
was the physical health of the boys.
The parent said he intended to
meet with the Catholic Education
Board, police and the other stu-
dent's parents. He said he had
already spoken to the other stu-
dents parents soon after the inci-
dent and their conversations were
manager at the Ministry of Edu-
cation, Alicia Busby, yesterday said
both students remained warded at
hospital. She said the student who
allegedly inflicted the injuries on
his schoolmate also underwent sur-
gery and was last reported to be
in a stable condition.
Busby said the ministry's Student
Support Services and the school's
chaplain, Monsignor Christian
Pereira, concluded counselling ses-
sions at the school yesterday.
Yesterday, students were also
taken to mass at Our Lady of Per-
petual Help Cathedral along Harris
Promenade, where Father Joseph
Jubrasingh made a special prayer
for the injured students.
Pereira said he counseled stu-
dents to help them with methods
of dealing with conflict.
"I just asked them to learn how
to take control of themselves, how
to be appeased with themselves,
how to deal with the pressures of
life, the pressures of the society
and how to integrate these pres-
sures into their development as
young men," Pereira said.
According to police reports, two
students were involved in an argu-
ment at the school basketball court
on Monday, where the 14-year-old
student accused the 15-year-old
student of placing a cockroach in
his schoolbag last Friday, knowing
he has a phobia for the insect.
The younger student allegedly
had a blade and attacked the 15-
year-old, cutting him on the right
side of his back and chest. After
seeing the blood, he became fright-
ened and slit his own wrist, fore-
arms and the side of his neck,
A 28-year-old man, who was pre-
viously convicted of robbing former
president Sir Ellis Clarke, was shot
dead on Monday night at Dibe, Long
Circular, St James.
Police said around 10.45 pm, Donatus
Glasgow, a construction worker, was
walking with his sister in an area known
as the "Creek" when they heard several
gunshots. The siblings began running
towards their home and Glasgow jumped
into an abandoned chest freezer at the
side of the road to evade the gunfire.
Glasgow's sister told police that after
the gunshots ended she returned to the
area to check on her brother and found
him lying inside the appliance bleeding
from several injuries. He had been shot
several times in the chest and was pro-
nounced dead on the scene.
His sister told police that less than
an hour before the shooting, her brother
was liming with a group of men from
the area when he had an argument with
one of them. The man left and threat-
ened to shoot Glasgow when he
returned. Glasgow left the lime, his sister
Investigators said they know the iden-
tity of the suspect and his arrest is immi-
nent. Glasgow's murder has been clas-
sified as gang-related.
In October 2004, Glasgow and his
16-year-old friend, Ray Paul Julien, both
pleaded guilty to robbing Clarke and his
then chauffeur Keith Bastaldo.
On September 25, that year, both men
went to Pine Grove Villas, Golf Course
Road, Maraval, where they robbed a
security guard on duty.
Clarke and Bastaldo were driving past
the guard booth at the same time and
were also robbed of their cash, cellphones
and Clarke's Audi car. Another resident
of the complex, Sonya Raffoul, was also
Clarke's car was later found aban-
doned a short distance away. Glasgow
served three years in jail for the crime.
Senior Supt Ishmael David and Insps
Henry Dann and Thomas are continuing
Prank blamed for
school stabbing T&T's violence trickling
Dibe man shot
dead inside fridge
Murder victim Donatus Glasgow of
Dibe, Long Circular, St James
Students of St Crispin's Anglican Primary School smile as they applaud during the thanksgiving service for
the 75- year anniversary for Preservation and Progress at the St Crispin Church, Woodbrook, yesterday.
PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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