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Informal survey finds most boys carry knives to school in Kingston

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2016 | 11:37 AM

An informal survey has found that seven out of 10 schoolboys in Kingston carried a knife to school.

It also found that a similar number say they have seen and held an illegal gun.

The survey was conducted by Orlando Hamilton, a facilitator at the Dispute Resolution Foundation’s (DRF) School Suspension Programme, which gets an average of 100 students from Corporate Area schools monthly.

He says it was done because of concerns he had about the number of students being suspended from school for getting involved in fights or because they were found with a weapon.

According to Hamilton the survey, which involved boys between the ages of 14 and 17 years old, found that the main reasons for taking a knife to school included defending themselves from bullies and students from other schools.

Some boys also admitted that they have used a chair, a cricket bat or a piece of board to injure someone at school.