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Barbados: “Blame the gangs!”

The recent upsurge in violence among students is being blamed on a rise in gang activity at learning institutions.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands today said gangs were infiltrating the island’s schools, and were getting into territorial fights at the encouragement of grown ups.

“What the Ministry of Education has been looking into for sometime, and what came home forcefully to me yesterday, is that there are gang elements in Barbados who are attempting to infiltrate the schools,” Husbands said this morning at a news conference at the Ministry of Education.

“The people who are standing around and encouraging these behaviours in the schools are adults,” he added.

“I am of the view that when children cross that threshold on mornings they have a different experience from what is going on in their society; and right now, as we speak, especially in secondary schools, there are elements outside of the school seeking to disrupt that, and those elements must be dealt with in a firm way.”

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