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.