ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison says her office will be probing a matter in which a teacher at the Newell High School in St Elizabeth was caught on video threatening to murder a student.
The video, which has gone viral on social media, was secretly recorded by another student while the teacher told a boy in his class that he has killed before.
Gordon Harrison says her office has taken note of the video and will be seeking answers.
“For a teacher, someone who is in a position of authority, to be threatening to murder a student in the classroom or anywhere for that matter, is the heights of an unacceptable behaviour,” she told OBSERVER ONLINE.
“Also, we have this teacher, who says he has committed murder before, so the question arises as to the suitability for him to even be in a classroom among students. You know, just in terms of their social exposure to someone who is so willing to share that information and the aggression that we saw in the video, it really means that there is more that is required.” Gordon Harrison added.
A section of the video also shows the teacher chasing the schoolboy, who ran from the classroom.
“Of course, due process is important, it is critical to get to the bottom of the circumstances that surrounds anything that is portrayed, but certainly my first impression, having viewed the recording, is that there was a lot of inappropriateness displayed in that video,” the Children’s Advocate said.
She also encouraged people to remember that with the advent of technology what was normally hidden can now be viewed by all.
“What has become very apparent to me as Children’s Advocate is that I don’t think some persons in our society have recognised that many of the things that we would normally be able to do and get away with are being recorded without us knowing and really are surfacing in a way that’s put us in a compromising position, even on a first viewing,” she added.
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