Mixed views on school­child­ren us­ing PSVS

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - The Courts -

ON­LINE READ­ERS had mixed re­sponses to the de­ci­sion by some op­er­a­tors of pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cles (PSVS) to ban school­child­ren in uni­forms from their ve­hi­cles.

Speak­ing af­ter three stu­dents of Fred­er­ick Smith Sec­ondary School al­legedly at­tacked a con­duc­tor with a cut­lass, the op­er­a­tors said it was an at­tempt to nip bad be­hav­iour and van­dal­ism in the bud.

How­ever, chair­man of the Al­liance of Own­ers of Pub­lic Trans­port, Roy Raphael, said their job was a pub­lic ser­vice and they were man­dated by law to trans­port the chil­dren.

While some read­ers backed the move, oth­ers pointed out that PSV driv­ers and con­duc­tors of­ten did not set the best ex­am­ples.

Nickk Moore: How is this against the law? If I owned a PSV and I ain’t want no school­child­ren to board, I won’t stop for them.

So­nia Stephens: Driv­ers and con­duc­tors are ask­ing for re­spect? How you all ex­pect to get re­spect when most of you all dis­re­spect and abuse our chil­dren with lewd mu­sic, reck­less driv­ing, smok­ing and drink­ing al­co­hol while on the job? Re­spect is earned. The chil­dren are mak­ing a mir­ror view of what they see on these vans.

Denise Layne: They should have done that a long time ago.

Carolyn Nulty: Clean up and make safe the roads and pave­ments so stu­dents could feel en­cour­aged to walk to and from school. Schools should be set in places that are easy for them to reach.

Olivia Lin­ton: So Ba­jans were against school­child­ren catch­ing vans, and now the van men want to take ac­tion and stop them from board­ing their vans. It’s against the law. I’m sure some­thing can be ar­ranged.

Child Nice: School­child­ren have as­saulted Trans­port Board driv­ers with no just cause on more than 20 oc­ca­sions and still they have to trans­port them. I say make them pay bus fares and pun­ish them as an adult when they at­tack any­one. Re­mem­ber these are to be our lead­ers of to­mor­row. So I say set them straight now.

Wayne P Hoyte: Keep them off the bus. Force the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Min­istry of Trans­port to en­sure ad­e­quate trans­porta­tion is avail­able. Put spe­cial of­fi­cers on the buses to mon­i­tor be­hav­iour.

Celia Hare­wood: A lot of these chil­dren are out of con­trol. There are school buses and the reg­u­lar buses that are free for them. Why do they have to pack up the mini­vans and make it hard for other peo­ple? Some peo­ple use these vans to avoid the buses that are crowded with school­child­ren. Now they are in­vad­ing these as well, and have no be­hav­iour.

Hunte Omar: Well, do not for­get some of you all en­cour­aged this be­hav­iour and now it seems to be get­ting out of hand.

Ryan R.A. Charles: Fi­nally. They should never be on the vans in the first place. That’s the rea­son they were given free bus fare to be­gin with.

Denise Bourne: Wow. They are afraid of the mon­sters they had a hand in cre­at­ing.

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