‘Ten piece’ of ganja in school
Thursday, October 17 2013
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A 15-YEAR-OLD Form 5 student of the Waterloo High School was arrested by police yesterday after he was found with a “ten piece” of marijuana wrapped in foil paper on the school compound. The drugs were found in a bag which also contained some doubles.
It was discovered during a random search at the Central school yesterday morning by a MTS guard who immediately contacted the Freeport Police. The student was taken to the police station where his mother was contacted. The student was later charged for possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Police sources told Newsday the teen made an appearance before a Chaguanas magistrate late yesterday afternoon. The student is supposed to write examinations next year. Police sources said although the quantum of marijuana found, would usually warrant a charge of possession, anytime any illegal drug is found on a school compound or within 50 metres of a school compound, the more serious charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking is automatically laid against the accused.
This is the latest in a series of criminal and deviant behaviour perpetrated by students at this school within the past few months. In May schoolboy Renaldo Dixon, 14, was stabbed to death. A 16-year-old student of the same school has been charged for Dixon’s murder.
Last month, joy spread through the school following the announcement that two students had secured additional scholarships. Waterloo High is not the only school reeling from crime and violence.
A little over two weeks ago, five students from Cunupia High School appeared before a Chaguanas magistrate charged with beating a security guard and a teacher at the school. Days after the incident four female students of that school were charged with beating a 16-year-old female student.
Supt Johnny Abraham of Police Central Division yesterday declared that the time for counselling was over and students who intend to break the law will now feel the full brunt of the law. “We have tried to talk to these students over and over. But it’s like their head hard. They have not listened. A school is a place of learning. Who don’t listen we will deal with them. I am trying to prevent another murder taking place inside a school and that is why we are going to arrest them and send them to court,” Supt Abraham said.
President of the National Parent Teacher Association Zena Ramathally said she remains very, very concerned about violence, bullying and deviant behaviour taking place in school. “We have to be able to put some programmes in place. We have to look at the culture inside schools, the administration, we have to look at the teachers...are they on the compound, are they in the classrooms? We have to look at parenting and community programmes as well,” she said.