Government proposes response to Gang Violence in Schools

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CABINET:

Last Wednesday, the Cabinet received a report on violence among youth in several schools, related to gangs; it ordered the Ministry of Social Transformation to have its experts provide the Cabinet with guidance.

Although the Director of Education, the Commissioner of Police and the Chief of Defense Staff were in consultation today (Wednesday), the Ministry of Social Transformation provided a short paper to the Cabinet in which six proposals were put forward:

To develop appropriate legislation that will make joining and functioning with a gang illegal.

To monitor closely the abuse of substances—such as alcohol, marijuana and non- prescription drugs—by students. There was no evidence presented to show an increase use of marijuana, as some have speculated.

To strengthen community groups through training that would include officials from schools, churches, civil society, public health services and criminal justice agencies.

To provide support for children in conflict with the law which would include the Boys Training School and a similar home for troubled girls.

To increase the number of probation officers and truancy officers.

To commence a national public relations program to encourage good behaviour among youth.

The Cabinet also agreed to consult with a former solider of the ABDF who has consistently run a boys training program that has transformed the lives and direction of boys who were going astray.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. We have created the problem in the first place decriminalising marijuana instead of educating the youths to say no to drugs and drug abuse and not just decriminalising, now we are trying to fix a problem we caused. All we wanted was the youths to support us, I hope the youths will not turn against us. Our administration is responsible for this.

  2. Jumbee_Picknee says…this fits the narrative, of being #reactive vs #proactive.
    While some of the factors which are contributing to the proliferation of “gangs,” the recommendations will do, and I repeat, they’ll do very little to stymie the problem of “gangs.”
    Gangs/Posse/Orders are all subsets of Governments(military and religious orders).

    According to their proposal…

    1…to develop appropriate legislation that will make joining and functioning with a “gang” illegal.

    (a)…first you’ll have to legally define what constitutes a “gang,” since, all orders, fraternities, sororities, political parties, prostitution/pedophilia/homosexual, law enforcement etc., are all forms of gangs.

    2…to monitor closely the abuse of substances such as, alcohol, marijuana, and non-prescription drugs.
    (a)…what a bunch of crock. The sanctioned bars/brothels/whorehouses are some of the biggest contributors to the abuse of the aforementioned.
    (b)…the fete/entertainment Industry, the pharmaceutical industry contributes vastly to supporting the “gang” culture.

    Whether, many of you want to accept it or not, attempting to eliminate the gang problem, by going after the low hanging fruits(street gangs, school yard gangs) and giving the WHITE COLLAR and QWERTY BOARD GANGS, political parties, church orders a FREE PASS, as they sit at the top of tree 🌲/pyramid).

    One thing is certain, if the problem is not addressed in its entirety, you’ll be in the same position even worst, ten, fifteen, twenty years from now.

    PLEASE ADDRESS THE LAX IMMIGRATION POLICIES AS WELL.

    GET REAL, and STOP the knee jerk reactions.

    Jumbee_Picknee aka Ras Smood
    De ‘ole Dutty_Peg_Foot Bastard
    Vere C. Edwards

  3. Simple toughfer punishment. 1735 is a joke and Skeritt opps sorry BoysTraining is even more of joke. These kids have no fear and that’s why it’s so easy to do the things they. Growing up i remembered seeing these guys in white shirt and short blue jeans pushing that old wooden cart and that alone scared the hell out of me. In Primary school you reach school late and guess who is waiting at the door with a belt? you would never be late again. Yes these are different times and to me better times, school meals, laptops, uniform vouchers, endless scholorships, steel pan in every school, better all around sport, rest in peace Pat White, yet our kids seek the gangster life. Yes parents should take most of the blame, but our society on a whole plays right into this and God bless the youngster that trys to live right, because it’s hard. You got to have that walk, pants must be down, natty head, language, music and number one smoking that joint. So all these talks and conferences will lead no where. We reference gangs targeting other kids, later on it teachers will be the target.

    • I am not a supporter of Marihuana smoking BUT, the decriminalization of Marijuana is not the cause for youths smoking Marijuana. Marijuana is and always the choice of Drugs in Antigua long before the Decriminalization of Marihuana. Sad to say the choice of Drugs in St. Lucia is Alcohol. The only thing the Decriminalization of Marijuana did is that you no longer have to hide to smoke. Antigua have a Marijuana smoking problem in children long time. Decriminalization is nothing when the world is heading to full legalization. Education about smoking and all sorts of Drugs have been taught, lectured and and all sort of education on drugs in school. What we have is a rebellious set of youths who make life miserable for other youths. There is nothing else the probation officers, the social workers, the police or any other group can do in schools for children to decease from violence. The only thing to be done is to change the law where the juvenile law is concern and tried them as adults in a court of Law when they committed big people crimes. The children these days know that the law is on their side and they don’t care. They don’t listen to news on radio or on social media. They all have on headphones listening to stupid Jamaican Violent music. What I see in the Making is that soon from Now parents will arm themselves with the same types of weapon the gang children are using on their children and inflict the same injuries on the child or children who inflict injuries on their children. It’s sad but true

      • “Big people crimes” I would call them Hideous Crimes.
        But, I share some of your thoughts on this.
        When you have a social problem that finds its roots in so many different areas, it is not an easy thing to solve. One certain would wonder why my children exposed to the same things can turn out good, while other people’s children turn out bad. Then there is the philosophy that some of us are just born ‘BAD”. or that every family has a bad egg. Having said that my family does have one. And we are nine siblings. Can you understand that Mom and Dad raised all of us the same, but one just had to rebel against any and everything. But we all loved him to death. Sadly, he left us much too soon. All because of the life he chooses to live. I was hard on my sons but soft on my daughters. Thank God all of them turned out right. But i still believe much of it has to do with a strong family and family values. And I find myself contradicting myself, cause Mommy and Daddy made absolutely no mistake and yet one bad one. All I can say is “Pray for our Youth”. Not just your own children. Prayu for others. And whenever we have all these social ills to deal with, I put much blame on the church society. They are the ones entrusted to pray for the nation with sincerity. Petition to the Lord our God on our behalf. The devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. And our children are easy prey. Unprotected by their parents. That’s why I have always prayed for my children for the Lord to protect them against the evil one. To build a hedge around them. And keep them safe. And we need to pray for the whole of Antigua and Barbuda children. Parenting is a great responsibility that some people don’t really care to understand. They breed children like dogs and care for them like dogs. Makes you wonder what makes them different from dogs. Our young men, fathers, are much to blame for that. Laws need to be passed to hold them accountable for the children they have neglected in society. The children that now have become a burden on the very same society have a mother and a father. They cannot let them abandon their responsibility of the child or children. They should be made to carry and feel the consequences of the child’s deeds. You know if the child does something good, they would proudly claim that it’s their child.

  4. I am not a supporter of Marihuana smoking BUT, the decriminalization of Marijuana is not the cause for youths smoking Marijuana. Marijuana is and always the choice of Drugs in Antigua long before the Decriminalization of Marihuana. Sad to say the choice of Drugs in St. Lucia is Alcohol. The only thing the Decriminalization of Marijuana did is that you no longer have to hide to smoke. Antigua have a Marijuana smoking problem in children long time. Decriminalization is nothing when the world is heading to full legalization. Education about smoking and all sorts of Drugs have been taught, lectured and and all sort of education on drugs in school. What we have is a rebellious set of youths who make life miserable for other youths. There is nothing else the probation officers, the social workers, the police or any other group can do in schools for children to decease from violence. The only thing to be done is to change the law where the juvenile law is concern and tried them as adults in a court of Law when they committed big people crimes. The children these days know that the law is on their side and they don’t care. They don’t listen to news on radio or on social media. They all have on headphones listening to stupid Jamaican Violent music. What I see in the Making is that soon from Now parents will arm themselves with the same types of weapon the gang children are using on their children and inflict the same injuries on the child or children who inflict injuries on their children. It’s sad but true

  5. The ALP imported thousands foreign criminals and now the yard fowls are coming home to roost. The only solution is deportation. There’s nothing to be done with these thugs.

  6. Walter, a wash U a say?

    Jumbee_Picknee say, he can recall landing, as an emboldened #Alien in Raven City.
    Today, some five(5) decades later, I sit atop my perch, at Greenmount Cemetery overlooking Johns Hopkins HUEman Laboratory, home of the Henrietta ‘Hela Cells’ Lacks Tribe to George “Gangsta Freemason – Knights of Columbus” W. Washington first Monument/Shrine on stolen land, now known as Baltimore City, Maryland, United States of America(lands stolen by European Ganstas, Pirates backed/financed by the CHURCH).
    Speaking of CHURCH, the first Catholic Basilica also sits, at this #CROSSROAD ❌🙅🏾☦️☦️☦️⚔️⚔️⚔️💰🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️🌲🌲🌲🎌✝️✝️✝️⛑☠️☠️🎌 of, in the HISTORY of GANGS….
    …by the way,

    A… there are HUNDREDS of SWASTIKAS which are depicted on buildings from the Peabody Institute to the Walters Art Museum to the Engineers Club, which all sit at this very important CROSSROAD, in the American History of, the GANG CULTURE.

    B…this same SWASTIKA is now considered, the symbol of GANGSTERS who’re opposed to the Jews and their attempted control of HUEmabity, by using RELIGION and POLITICS, to conduct WHITE COLLAR GANGSTER CRIMES on targeted neighborhoods from America to the Middle East.
    The Jewish Defamation League is a #Gang!

    C…by the way again, #GANGS are simply the trees, of seeds planted many eons ago, and this is why, I can challenge anyone of you, to prove otherwise.
    Therefore, as I mention some of the GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY of Baltimore City; it’s size is approximately that of Antigua. It’s history is similar to Antigua. The HUE, of the People and percentages are similar to Antigua. Yes, presently six(6) times more people live in Baltimore versus Antigua, Barbuda and REDONDA, the lifestyles(hmmmnnn similar with varying degrees of involvements), in TERMS of STREET GANGS, SCHOOL YARD GANGS and ORGANIZED GANGS(political, police. fraternities, cultural etc). are the same.
    The murder rate in Baltimore is almost 80 times higher than Antigua, Barbuda & REDONDA.

    Our Nation is a Gang Tree, in full bloom from seeds planted many, many moons ago.

    These thoughts, of mine, will most definitely fly under many peoples heads, fly over many peoples heads, will hit the nail on the many peoples head straight like that of the RAVEN/CROW.

    While, The Wire on HBO was fictional in its adaptation, its PRESENTATIONS were by no means fictitious!
    Please watch and learn, The Wire!
    I’ve lived, The Wire. I still reside on Mura Street, Baltimore City, Johnson Square, I still port to Wash ‘n Basin in Point, aaaahhh, the fresh Atlantic sea breeze, is quite refreshing as I perch atop the Tamarind Tree in Freetown, Antigua.

    Antigua, Barbuda & REDONDA dealing with the present problem of GANG VIOLENCE is not simply attached to the youths; for, while the youths are playing a role in this ensuing TORNADO, they are simply caught up, like debris fueling it.

    Jumbee_Picknee aka Ras Smood
    Son of Mami_Wata and Papa_Elegba
    De ‘ole Dutty Peg Foot Bastard
    Vere C. Edwards

    #drop the mike, Tupac is in the vibe!

  7. To the “youths” who’re being labelled as Gangsters, here are some #warnings, and #advice…

    1…never, ever, ever, give up or let go of the comradeship which sailing on the same boat, on rough seas brings. Stick together, in any kind of weather.

    2…let go of the violence, the energy of anger and its frustrations MUST be harvested, harnessed, and channeled in a positive manner. However, due to your lack of knowledge, wisdom, experiences and the lack of systems in place to hone and mold your anger into positivity, it’s easiest to lay blame at your feet, similar to a rapist laying the blame for their actions, on the victim. You are being #Victim #Shamed.

    3…yes, you have choices, but when you’re caught up in the storm, you’re considered fodder just as a sexy, gorgeous, girl/lady is preyed and prayed upon to be initiated and indoctrinated, as a prostitute with promises of a glamourised life, who later found out after much abuse mental, physical, spiritual that, all that glitters on Broadway, under the Neon lights are not gold. By then, he/she is old abs left out in the cold for another set of vultures and vampires.

    4…the GANGSTER GAME is just like the PROSTITUTION GAME. They(the System) have to have, a steady supply of victims to support their lavish lifestyles. Note that, Law Firms, the upstanding profession would be brought to its knees, like a FTX Crypto Currency calapse, PYRAMID/PONZY SCHEME. Dealing with ‘Crime and criminality’ is one of their biggest and highest money earners, yet, they rarely pay any price to society for their actions.

    5…begin to educate yourselves on such things as “client attorney privilege” to “taking the fifth!” The system which is abusing and using you have #loopholes to wriggle, slither, crawl their way out of the same atrocities which they are accusing you of…

    Jumbee_Picknee

  8. When the police are missing in action, we have to deal with all kinds of social ills. Crimes go up and people do as they like. I have said it before. One of these days, a fight will break out in the traffic, just because drivers do as they like, and the police are nowhere to be found. Just imagine you park somewhere to go and buy something and when you get back someone has blocked you and gone about their business. You don’t know who that is and have to wait till that person comes back and removes their car. It happens daily in town. Or people parking on a spot clearly marked “handicap” in the parking lot of Wood or Epicurean and no one that can tell them, “Well sir the spot if marked for disabled person”. or you are backing out of a parking lot. You are almost half out the lot when a driver refuses to give you time to get out and drives straight through behind of you. It’s only because of your good reflection that you press on the break to avoid a collision. This happens all the time. The traffic police are nowhere to be found. Lack of proper policing is the cause of crime getting out if hand. And as Manager for many many years, I always say, if the top is slack the middle and bottom will drop off. The other day I noticed the traffic police on bicycles in town giving out tickets. I smiled and said to myself, finally they are doing something. But guess what, that is not a daily thing. Cause the next day, cars were parked everywhere on market street again. Either the tickets didn’t get paid, or people just don’t care. I would like to be a traffic police with the option of getting commission for every ticket I issue. I would make so much money in a very short time. Just on Market Street. And when I’m done, Market Street would have a reputation as the street where you will get a ticket for sure, even if you park for one minute. We need the police to be present where the crimes are committed. It’s simple as that. If you know the children, come from school at two and need to be escorted to the bus station until they reach home. Please put police officers on the routes for a couple of months to walk with them until the bus station until they reach home. And when you see a group of children liming around, break up the group and chase them away or bring them to the station charge them for loitering. Let the parents come and collect them from the station and give the parents a strict warning should that happen once again. We need to have police targeting the problems where they occur.

  9. Baldwin Spencer needs to repent for inciting violence

    “SHARPEN U CUTLISS BACK AND BELLY. CHAP DEM UP!!!”

    “Me hab plenty gang”

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