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Saint Lucia National Students’ Council Concerned Over Student Violence Spike

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The Saint Lucia National Students’ Council has expressed concern over a surge in student violence and reports of gangs at secondary schools.

“We are all concerned. We see the uptick in violence among our adults and we see the same trend among our youth,” Vice President Ethan Leandre told St. Lucia Times.

Leandre explained that the situation demonstrated that young people imitate how adults handle conflicts.

He advocated an increased police presence between 3:00 and 5:00 pm, after-school programmes for young people, including athletics, and participating in volunteer groups.

The Students’ Council Vice President also agreed that mandatory conflict resolution instruction in schools would be helpful.

Nevertheless, he felt that if no proper parental and adult examples accompanied the conflict resolution instruction, it would be similar to building with one hand and tearing down with the other.

“We need to let our adults start using conflict resolution so that our children, students, and youths can see how to deal with disagreements,” Leandre told St. Lucia Times.

Headline photo: Crowd gatheres in Castries last week after a student in uniform sustained stab wounds, allegedly inflicted by another student.

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  1. What can the Student Council do to about such upsurge? They need to talk to their peers and report to the heads where the delinquent ones are falling short. You want to be concerned about the situation now when it could have been avoided. All of the students knows about each other who is doing what etc etc. Who is bring drugs and other illicit things onto the school compound and no one does nothing until it get out of control. If students continue to carry on saying ” i dont know” then prepare for the outcome. I have also said the policies or laws needed to change where the student parents are not only warn but also fine, both parents not just one so we can bring back some level of normalcy and produce qulity human being for all. Also report the teachers if so be it.

  2. The SLNSC now has quite a task on their hands. Let’s hope they work fervently towards their goals – especially where some foolish and ignorant parents/adults are concerned.

  3. Let me first state — there is no new thing under the sun — having said that – let me now state the following:
    -Most kids suffer from low self esteem issues
    -They are not critical and realistic thinkers
    -They are consumed by images and scenarios on television and they think this is reality
    -They are not happy with themselves – and tend to want everything someone else has
    -Some parental guidance leaves much to be desired
    -They are going nowhere FAST

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