Forde calls for schoolbag search squads Courts to become more accessible
School principals and staff have been called on to enforce the power to search.
This call came from Cynthia Forde, Member of Parliament for St Thomas and former Minister of Education.
Forde said that unless schools had a delegation of senior staff searching the children’s bags and making sure they did not bring in any weapons and contraband, the situation was going to worsen.
She was speaking to the media yesterday against the backdrop of an incident last week in which three Frederick Smith Secondary School students allegedly attacked and injured a public service vehicle (PSV) conductor with a cutlass.
Forde, who participated in a presentation at Sharon Primary School yesterday, said: “It would be an interesting thing if the Ministry of Education would start to look seriously at pursuing the power to search aspect of the legislation, because a lot of children would have been taking to school those weapons; if this is now a call that it is happening on a regular basis.”
With regard to the move by some PSV operators to ban schoolchildren from the vehicles, Forde said this was too sudden and there was room for dialogue from all the stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, PSV operators, the Transport Authority and the Ministry of Transport and Works.
“There may have been more but I don’t think that, that is the way you deal with it. I believe that proper investigation needs to take place and you cannot just come overnight and make that kind of radical expression without giving it proper investigation and thought,” she said.
She encouraged parents to dig into their children’s bag before they leave home and when they come back from school. She advised drivers that when there was disorderly behaviour on their vehicles they should go to the police station. ( LK)
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This morning he will find out if he loses his freedom after police hauled him before the High Court yesterday for allegedly breaching one of the conditions of his bail on October 28.
His attorney is crying foul, saying Jackman was being singled out since he was not the only person to breach bail conditions.
Jackman, 38, of Stroud Bay Road, Crab Hill, St Lucy, is on $175 000 bail in connection with the May 10, 2016 murder of Charly Dume.
The accused appeared in the No. 4 Supreme Court yesterday before Acting Justice Alrick Scott who heard arguments from defence attorney Arthur Holder and his team of Shadia Simpson, Danielle Mottley and Rhea Layne.
Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas asked the court to