The Half-Way Tree Transport Centre in St Andrew has been the source of much concern lately, with several complaints of students loitering at the facility; however, there are plans to now use the edifice located in the heart of the parish capital as a symbol of unity between two prominent high schools.
The parents of students at long-standing rivals Kingston College (KC) and Calabar High School have embarked on a partnership, which they believe will go a far way in mitigating the decades-old strife between the all-boys' schools.
"The parents of KC and Calabar have decided to remove the stigma that there is some ongoing, long-standing dispute between the schools, which is really strong, friendly sporting rivalry," said Stewart Jacobs, president of the KC Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
Students of both schools have, on several occasions, clashed at different locations across the Corporate Area, including at the transportation centre, resulting in injuries; however, Stewart said the initiative would help the boys at both institutions to understand the concept of friendly rivalry.
Mark Bowen, president of the Calabar High School PTA, said the effort would help "both schools understand that rivals don't mean enemies, and the young men need to understand that the schools were friends before and friends after".
The partnership will see approximately 700 pupils from the schools forming a circle around the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre as a sign of solidarity on November 8.
In addition to this, the parents say they will be taking their message to both schools during the following week.