Lesbians and learning - Younger students under siege at Corporate Area all-girls school
Authorities at a prominent Corporate Area all-girls high school are reportedly struggling to deal with several sexual attacks on young girls by older students.
School authorities on Wednesday summoned parents to an emergency meeting as more and more young girls started reporting horror stories of cases where they were forced to perform sexual acts with the older girls.
The Gleaner understands that some girls in the upper school usually endeavour to recruit the young girls from the first and second forms.
A parent who attended the meeting told The Gleaner that a plethora of issues were discussed.
"They called the emergency meeting yesterday (Wednesday) to address the behavioural patterns of students in the school," the parent said.
The parent added that they were told the children were "circulating pornography and a lot of things".
The parent also said the acting principal and the teachers were very frustrated with what was happening at the school.
"Lesbianism is so rampant at the school in the bathrooms. I'm very, very concerned," the worried parent said.
A senior student, who spoke with The Gleaner, revealed that the pornography being circulated was that of a grade-10 student performing oral sex on an adult male.
The student, who reportedly recorded the sex act, sent it to her peers via Bluetooth.
The student said the lesbianism problem at the school was getting out of control with increasingly more public displays of affection, even in front of faculty members.
"The lesbians are just getting prime. They don't really care," the student said.
The student explained that a recent decision to move the grade-seven girls from a block that was in proximity to the grade-11 block was spawned by the fact that the upper-school girls were preying on the lower-school girls.
"When they are ready, they lock up the seven-grade bathroom and you can't get in. When you open the door, it is fifth-form girls in there," she said.
The senior student said some of the girls openly admit that they are lesbians and others say they are bisexual.
Use of force
Another student explained that some fifth-form students use force to sexually molest some first-formers and the situation is now of major concern at the institution.
"The older girls are having sex with the younger girls by force. It is not the first time it is happening. The lesbians them a go on bad," she said.
A parent who said she was aware of the situation was quick to point out that the parents need to play their part.
"The practice is getting out of control but instead of labelling the students, persons should instead try to assist. The situation is a crisis at the school but it is really a testing of faith," one parent said.
"We have to try to guide them at home. They can change, they just need our guidance," she added.
The Gleaner spoke with a group of girls yesterday who appeared to be on lunch break. They too confirmed the reports of lesbianism at the institution.
Some of the girls said it was something that has been going on at the school for a long time.
"I know about it. I am not sure of the details but it is not something new. It has been going on for a long time and the girls are not giving it up," one of the girls said.
However, some students said they did not know about the activity while others seemed too scared to talk to the media as they would neither confirm nor deny the reports.
A parent said: "Come this morning, the solution was that they would take away all the BlackBerry phones because that is what they have been using to circulate the pornography."
She added: "One parent said her daughter saw two girls making out in the bathroom."
The parent also disclosed that the acting principal said the school could not take action against the girls' activities without concrete evidence.
She said the acting principal gave a toll-free number for students and parents to call with information without revealing their identities.
"Really and truly, I don't want my daughter to get lost in the system," the parent said.
When The Gleaner contacted the acting principal for an official response, she declined to comment, claiming she was unaware of such a situation and that the meeting held on Wednesday was just a regular parent-teacher association meeting.
It had been reported last year that lesbianism was a growing challenge in the education system, especially at some all-girls institutions.
President of the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education, Dr Grace Kelly, had said the matter was significant and called for attention.