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JUTC denounces inappropriate student behaviour on bus

Published:Friday | December 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) says it is taking steps to stem any loose behaviour among students on its buses, describing the recent sexually suggestive actions by students from Jamaica College and Ardenne High School as "undesirable and bad for business".

Responding to concerns raised by a member of the public in a Letter to The Editor on December 5, Reginald Allen, marketing and communications manager at the JUTC, urged adult commuters on the buses to "do something about such unacceptable behaviour on the units, including alerting the drivers to the relative situations".

Allen said it was unfortunate that the JUTC was the venue "of this reported act of vulgarity by the students in question, and for that, we take some responsibility". However, he pointed out that within the context of a single operator unit, it is very difficult for the driver to control the activities on the buses.

"We, however, hope to bring enough public focus to this reported incident to impact the education sector into the realisation that children live what they learn, whether at home or in schools, which, in this case, they, unfortunately, opted to play out on a public bus," Allen reasoned.

According to Allen, the behaviour of the students on the JUTC bus as described by the letter writer was not acceptable from neither adults nor children.

He said the JUTC was seeking to harness the support of the administration of both schools that were identified in the letter, along with the Ministry of Education, in a bid to get to the bottom of the clearly unacceptable student activities.