TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: Bullying at ‘prestige’ school - EntornoInteligente / News day / As the video is about to end, a boy is seen flying through the air to land a kick on the victim, who unable to see the blow, takes it unflinchingly and squarely in his back.

The attack resembled that of a mob tearing into its victim. Students not involved in the attack either stood by and cheered on the violence or took out their cellphones to record the images.

Past students who contacted Newsday, said this form of bullying is a right of passage in which a student must endure physical violence in order to be welcomed as a full member of whatever group or clique of students that is operating in the College at any given point in time. There is a group, the past students said, for each form right up to the A Level classes. Students who represent the school in the secondary school football leagues are sometimes, leaders of these cliques and order the violence on students wishing to join the ‘tribe’.

The other video shows a student hitting another in the face while the latter sat on a chair in the classroom.

The situation escalated into a fight which was quickly broken up by another student.

When contacted, a school official acknowledged knowing of the incidents and the videos circulating on social media but directed all queries from Newsday to the Ministry of Education.

President of the TT Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) Lynsley Doodhai said although he did not see the footage on social media, the union is strongly condemning any and all act of violence and bullying in the nation’s schools.

“If the incident took place at CIC, it demonstrates that indiscipline and violence is not only confined to government secondary schools but even these so-called ‘prestige schools’,” Doodhai said.

“Any incident such as fights among students in or out of school, is condemned by TTUTA and at the same time we hope that a zero tolerance approach will be taken from within schools and the perpetrators dealt with in a very decisive manner.” Efforts to reach Education Minister Anthony Garcia on several occasions yesterday proved futile as calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: Bullying at ‘prestige’ school

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