Students using links to violence-prone communities to scare schoolmates
The Principal of May Pen Primary School, Major Paul Scott, says there has been an increase in violent behaviour among students at the institution and he believes this is as a result of the worsening crime problem in Clarendon.
Speaking to The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre special assignment team in Clarendon this morning, Major Scott said school administrators are seeing more cases where students are resorting to violence to settle minor disagreements.
According to him, in some cases, students openly boast about the communities they are from in order to drive fear into other students.
The May Pen primary principal argued that this kind of behaviour is influenced by the environment students are exposed to in their communities.
According to police statistics, Clarendon recorded more than 130 murders last year, ranking it among the highest across the 19 police divisions islandwide.
The police say Farm, Bucknor, Canaan Heights, Race Track and Havannah Heights are among the communities that have seen an increase in murders.
Meanwhile, Major Scott said despite the murder situation, student attendance remains at close to 90 per cent, except in cases where there is a flare up of violence in specific communities.
He said the violence has not impacted preparations for the Grade Six Achievement Test.