Fears of Student Violence Prompt All Saints Secondary to Postpone Glow Walk, while it Engages Clergy to Pray for Peace



The December 8th “Glow Walk” scheduled to be put on by the All Saints Secondary School has been postponed.

According to Joshuanette Francis, a teacher at the school, the decision to put off the event was influenced by the violence now taking place among the youth.

Gang-related issues have occurred over the past few weeks, at various locations – including the cinema – and students have been seriously injured.

Following a recent chopping incident that involved an Antigua Grammar School student, Francis says that an All Saints Secondary pupil was stabbed last Friday.

Accordingly, she says the school had to consider the safety of its students and other participants in the Glow Walk, which would have attracted a large gathering.

Meanwhile, the teacher attributes this recent increase in youth and gang violence to several factors – including community influences, social media, parents, and the music to which young people listen.

Francis notes that students are no longer behaving like children, adding that the content they are placing on social media is disturbing.

Videos now in circulation show young people with their faces covered and posing with weapons such as knives, scissors and cutlasses. …

Where are the parents to help to deal with this issue, Francis is asking.

She says this situation has to be monitored closely, since a number of students from her school have been singled out for attack – which has also contributed to the Glow Walk being postponed.

Francis says the Minister of Education, Daryl Matthew, has been brought into the discussion, and she reports that an emergency principals’ meeting was recently held to address this serious matter.

As part of All Saints Secondary’s attempt to address the issue with its students, Francis says that men of God have been engaged, twice weekly, to offer spiritual intervention on the pupils’ behalf.

Francis says this initiative has “somewhat helped,” but it is not enough, since counselors and other stakeholders need to get on board.

She admits she does not know how the problem will be solved, but she acknowledges that it is not going to be a quick fix and may actually take some years to handle.

In the meantime, while the Glow Walk has been postponed, Francis says that other activities will be held to raise funds for the school, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary on September 21, 2023.

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  1. Yes, by all means engage the clergy with prayer for the restoration of peace.

    However, anyone who have had any semblance of religious practice, will understand that faith without any works or deeds means absolutely nothing.

    They would do better to pray for a better engaging government that will speak out clearly, and then take action to reassure the citizens; the church; and our very own security services, that this gang culture will be curtailed FORTHWITH!


  2. Clergy What??
    Tactical Squad ..
    This I’s Real
    You Have Jail
    White Collar Crime.
    Criminal M inds.
    Look England
    Teddy Biys Style.
    Cu rb your Loins
    This a Battle to Survive

  3. Prayer is the key indeed but I ask where are the fathers and mothers who have abandoned their children and given them over to cults and demonic practices, have left them up to gangs and the wiles of the devil. I am asking one simple question to all who have read this article, what’s your influence upon all people not only children.

    Min of Education, the Police service, military and others need to be more engaged in curbing and bringing into control this and other situations.

  4. Nobody goes to church anymore. Our kids are been radicalized via social media. Just a matter of time before they turn on their parents too.

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