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Jun 3, 2011

Stabbing of 2nd former at Sadie Vernon High

Sadie Vernon Technical High School is once again in the news tonight following a mid-morning stabbing incident on school grounds involving a second form student.  While details of the incident remain sketchy, News Five understands that a former student of the high school entered the compound during the morning break and stabbed the teenager in his upper torso with what is believed to be an ice pick.  The student was immediately rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.  This incident comes on the heels of a physical altercation at the school on Thursday when PTA president Darrell Humes was allegedly assaulted by a teacher following a complaint made against him.  This most recent episode succeeds a series of events at Sadie Vernon amongst its members of staff, parents and students.  Today Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, met with the faculty in an effort to resolve some of the issues plaguing the high school.

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

Patrick Faber

“We really did not get into the nitty gritty of the incident.  What we were more concerned about were what causes these incidents to pop up so frequently.  The situation on Wednesday for instance occurred because a person, an individual just came unto the compound and that has to be as a result of not having proper security plan and that’s the kind of thing that we’ve been trying to work out. What are the procedures for people who come and it should not take the ministry of the minister to come in and try to resolve those things.  It‘s an issue but when you have so many other things, when you have that tight back and forth between administration and principal or even administration and teachers sorry or even teachers and the board and that kind of thing it does not make for an environment where these structures that are very, very necessary for the everyday running of the school to work.  A group of teachers came to me this morning and as you know my position has always been that it is the managing authority which is in this case the board of directors of Sadie Vernon that should deal with matters, all matters dealing with this school.  It is true that the government and the Ministry of Education is the proprietor of this institution but according to the current book of policy and procedures the Education Act of 2010 the rules that we are using at this time, the managing authority makes those decisions and for all intents and purposes that is the board of directors of Sadie Vernon.  I have tried not to get involved, you know that my name is called quite frequently on the airwaves and of course they call on the ministry to intervene but we have purposefully tried to allow the situation to develop in such a way or to work in such a way that it is following procedure.  We have had a number of incidents that are unfortunate and some of the teachers came to me this morning to ask me “Minister could you come and meet with us?”  I made clear to them when they asked for that meeting and I agreed that it would not be a kind of thing where they would come to me and I would guarantee them some kind of immediate action.  I came here mainly to try to talk to both the administration and the teachers to see if we could arrive at some understanding that we could go back to business as normal for the sake of the students who are of course at this time are taking examinations, are preparing for their exams next week, who are engaged in CXC examinations for their betterment.  For us to have some peace and calm to the situation so that we can work on plans to improve the situation here at Sadie Vernon.”

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6 Responses for “Stabbing of 2nd former at Sadie Vernon High”

  1. Moron Country says:

    hahahaha, this whole farking country falling apart, from top down, children simply mimicking adults, whom obviously cant conduct themselves in a civil manner thus the kids follow suite. …… mentality in this here land, everyone wants to !**(% up everyone else no one has a clue of conflict resolution and zero zero respect for life and property.

  2. Fairman says:

    It is pathetic that problems continue for years among educators at Sadie Vernon High School and no one seems to be capable of bringing it to an end. The teachers are collecting pay for fighting with each other at work while the students who are paying for their education are losing.
    Is it impossible for Patrick Faber to investigate the matter properly and get rid of the problems? If the board of directors are not good, not capable of doing their job, just get rid of them. There are many Belizeans qualified to do that job.
    I personally would have settled that problem a long time ago.

  3. I Have Awaken says:

    Turn off the t.v. people, turn off the computer, throw away the video games; I beg you, people have no idea the power of these human indoctrinating mechanisms. I admire Lupe Fiasco, for he is one of the very few people in main stream, as well as Lauryn Hill, that speaks about the ‘system’ the ‘elites’ whatever you want to call the men who want absolute power over this planet.

    Gil Scott Heron, the musician, poet and author famous for the saying “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” passed away on May 27th 2011. Here’s a poem written by Lupe Fiasco in his honor:

    “The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized”

    Idiot boxes of the world unite! To fight off the effects of intelligence, replace smart quotes with fart jokes, substitute sense with scenes from Martin, let the baby’s bathe in that glow and learn all manner of things they don’t really need to know!

    The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

    Channel the content of some rambling nonsense deep into the annals of yo’ subconscious, deprogram and depress chasing some televised success, be them, that, they and those be everything but in control,

    The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

    Small claims Court drama, teenage baby mamas, Osama watching Osama, Celebrity Endorsed indoor saunas, the perfectly cooked piraña and other cannonfodder for you to ponder, all at the speed of imitations of life while the smoke of war gets inhaled thru the peace pipes, be still my beating heart and scare my brain from thinking thoughts as i sit intoxicated by the delights, sarcasm and 3 strikes thrown by my favorite pitcher in a sound surrounded, 3 dimensional, high death, full color mixture, wholly unsocializing and completely uncensored,

    The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

    By this one-eyed monster most of the world was raised, and by this hero most of the world was saved, and to this master most of the world is slaves, it factors your fears with actors and cheers from a live studio audience pushing you to engage in a heroic act of thoughtlessness for the grand prize of a little bread, fleeting fame in the circus and every thought in yo head,

    The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

    “Ain’t no changing me” said my flat screen TV, No More Che’s to the rescue, or Black Panthers to correct you, just coaxial cables and satellite signals to connect you to a world that doesn’t really look like it does on TV, where everything is much shorter, fatter, uglier and in disorder, where u have to do it now because there are no digital recorders where if the present gets boring you can just fast forward,

    The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

    So there will be no revolution, or paradoxically ironic televised public execution of the entire worldwide televising institution, there wont even be a celebritized, televised trial of old baby blue, cuz you see my dear friends the television will not be revolutionized but what about the revolution that should taking place inside………………….of you?

    By Wasalu “Lupe Fiasco” Jaco in Dedication to that guiding light of a human being Gil-Scott Heron

  4. BZNinCALI says:

    Mr. Faber, do not sell yourself short or worse, spew legal jargon & use protocol as an excuse to do nothing. So far following Protocol has been an abject failure at this school. Grow a pair or borrow Dean’s & start firing cronies & dead weight. This is the 2nd incident in less than a month on our school grounds, a young man died in the last incident in Corozal. We no longer have the luxury of waiting for a major hurricane to wipe out the criminal element & baptize us in common sense.

  5. OriginalWoman says:

    @ I Have Awaken…Well said…May Gil Scott Heron R.I.P., he was one of the Last Poets I believe, because they recorded this poem….these guys were WAY AHEAD OF THEIR TIME!!!, Yes indeed these pple like so many you mention like Lauren Hill and a few others are not being bought into the system of corruption & wealth…they are concious minded artists, who refuse to sell their souls for fame and fortune…thank God for ppl like them….

  6. Justice says:

    Mr Faber you now you are =just one of Barrow’s puppets! This country is in the stae it is in because we have a poor excuse for a government. Sometomes you do find good persons ina party but your party stinks but can actually go in the Guib-ness world book as having the entire members as incompetent a%& H*#*!

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