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Soldiers accused of abuse

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

PRIME MINISTER Bruce Golding has fired off a warning shot to "rogue elements" within the security forces after receiving reports yesterday that students of Tivoli Gardens High School were being abused by soldiers now deployed in the community.

"They (students) have credited some (soldiers) with professional behaviour and what that means is that some people are doing their jobs and some need to be rooted out and retrained," Golding told The Gleaner as he left a meeting with school administrators.

"Evidently, it is not a consis-tently good professional conduct. We do have some rogue elements to deal with," he added.

When The Gleaner visited the school, some students recalled incidents in which they claimed to have been verbally abused and forced to lay on the ground with high-powered weapons pointed at their heads.

Head of the school's police youth club, Wayne Francis, said the students, who are preparing for end-of-year examinations, are terrified.

School principal Wesla Nolan refused to speak to The Gleaner.