BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – An Anglican priest in Barbados is due to reappear in court in January next year after he was remanded into custody on ammunition related charges.
Police said that they seized 60 rounds of ammunition at the home of Reverend Frank Gill, 79, at his St Michael home earlier this week.
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I am using as focus the recently reported undesirable public behaviour of some Maggotty High School students at a place labelled Apple Valley. And I am troubled. I am even more troubled by the swift talk of possible expulsory as a remedy by the management of the school.
I find that our schools generally are too quick to vindicate themselves to show the school as upstanding and not tolerant of aberrant behaviour. When a school expels a student it's exactly equal to a family ejecting an errant member. Where does he/she go?
From my own experience as a former headmaster, I find that schools need to develop mechanisms to encourage loyalty to institution as well as self-respect. Schools need to see themselves as inadequate if their only response to problem is expulsion. Where is their redemptive role?
In my six years as headmaster at deCarteret College, one student was expelled. She literally expelled herself by her inappropriate behaviour in the presence of the chairman, I couldn't save her. Many current miscreants in society, no doubt, are expelled students who are merely reacting to what they interpret as injustice.
All our students will never be angels. And what are students worth if they do not possess a bit of mischief alongside the glint in their eyes.
Schools are not there to segregate angels from non-angels, but to create angels (or half angels) out of all of them.
Come on Maggotty, call in your blemished angels and redeem them. Give them a chance to feel sorry for what they have done and to repair the damage.
But how exactly is this to happen? First the principal has to put on his/her full leadership regalia. Summon your staff to line up with you. For the 'touch of class' the school's representatives must include the ancillary and administrative personnel. Request a board meeting, lay your plan before them. Invite parents and students to a session. Lay before them your distress and the bleak future of the offending students. Ask them to suggest what we shall do (Quid faciamus? What shall WE do?) Get the students to see and admit the error of their ways. Get them to agree on a path forward; a very disciplined route. Faculty must be willing to be not merely supervisors, but be prepared actively pursue the progress of each student.
At the very outset there must be daily feedback from each candidate, then weekly, and finally a total redemptive session with the entire school. Amen.
Herbert L Brown, JP, MA
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