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Jun 15, 2011

12 year old primary school graduate barred from attending ceremony

Lashanda Crawford

During this graduation season, there are often jitters and bouts of nervousness experienced by students as well as their families. Graduations are considered important milestones, especially when children are transitioning to adolescence and high school.  Unfortunately, there is a twelve year old child in Esperanza Village in the Cayo District that has been banned from attending the ceremony at her primary school. Her family has attempted to get the issue resolved and since they have not been able to reach anyone that can help, they decided to contact this station. According to Stephanie Crawford, the family will still dress twelve year old Lashanda Crawford for the graduation ceremony at St. Francis Xavier School.

Via Phone: Stephanie Crawford, Cousin of Lashanda Crawford

“Another young lady, she’s not from the school and the young lady’s brother who is attending the school had a confrontation and the young lady hit her and she hit the young lady back. And the brother came in and fired punches after her. But the principal came and the young lady told the principal that Lashanda hit her. Lashanda told the principal that she wanted to tell her her side of the story and the principal said that she didn’t want to hear what she had to say. She told her to shut up and she is the principal and she has made her decision that she will not graduate. That was right automatically the same morning that the incident happened. She said that right away.”

Jose Sanchez

Stephanie Crawford

“I understand you’ve been trying to find a way to get Lashanda to graduate. What steps have you taken?”

Via Phone: Stephanie Crawford

“Lashanda’s mother went to the principal first; on Monday nine o’clock was the meeting. The decision still stand that she would not have graduate. So we went to Miss Avila who is the district manager of the catholic schools in San Ignacio. So Miss Avila told us that she would have gone to the school and investigated the matter and took down the number of parent and said I am going to get back to you on the matter. She didn’t get back, so on Tuesday morning, we went to Ministry of Education and spoke to Miss Williams. And Miss Williams said she will speak to Miss Avila and then she would get back to us. So we should call the ministry. We called in the afternoon on Tuesday and she said that they are still in the meeting and let me go back this morning to see what was the result. So I went back this morning and nobody was there. Tomorrow, our intention is that Lashanda will still march up for the graduation because we believe if they are saying that because of the altercation that she won’t graduate, then both children who were involved shouldn’t graduate. That’s our opinion on it.  And if the other child is graduating then Lashanda will walk up tomorrow too because the principal went as far as saying that you already got your dress and shoes but you won’t get to wear them. She even went and said your parents can go to Channel Five like the other child that was on the news and we don’t care.”

The graduation is scheduled for Thursday morning in Esperanza Village.

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12 Responses for “12 year old primary school graduate barred from attending ceremony”

  1. Gazombadam says:

    In my opinion, the girls would’nt have reach to this point if they have had the right upbringing. If they are fighting like hooligans, obviously they are used to do it and have seen it in their families. Parents should be careful how they defend their kids because they are sending the message that despite their wrongdoings they still are being awarded.

  2. Friend says:

    I wonder over what these girls were fighting over????????? Can sombody say what the name of that principal???

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Bs like this shouldn’t even get to the media.This issue could have been resolved between the teachers and these kids parents.

  4. loverboy says:

    If that is the way the principal is behaving it makes me wonder if she herself did march up for any graduation. Principal go back to school and do PR and make sure u gradute this time

  5. ANGEL says:

    TO ME MAYBE THE OTHER GIRL HAS MORE MONEY THAN THE OTHER …….. IN SACRED HEART SCHOOL I HAVE A FAMILY MAMBER THAT HE WANTED TO REPEAT STD6 THE TEACHER TOLD THE MOM “” WE ARE TRYING TO GET RID OF ALL THE BAD STUDENTS SO WE CANNOT TAKE HIM AGAIN “” SO I BELIEVE THING HAPPENING IN THE SCHOOOL AND NOBODY OR SHOULD I SAY THE MINISTER IS NOT LOOKING TO THE PARENTS OF THE SCHOOOL CHILDREN I THINK THEY SHOULD PUT MORE INTREST IN THE SCHOOL .

  6. countrymouse says:

    well if these kids were being watched appropriately while still in the school compound from the moment the fight start someonw would have known how it did start and not just take one side of the story. it’s obvious then at at this school children are not being monitored at all times.

  7. Loren Delgado says:

    I think that this principal is an @$$ the first thing she should have done was to get all three persons into her office in order to get to the bottom of what was happening instead of just punishing that one young lady. NOW I can see why our children are not learning and behaving the way they because the people they depend upon to protect especially at school just don’t give a rats @$$ about the children all they worry about is their paychecks. Shame on that principal. Stephanie I am proud of you for standing up for your daughter if you don’t then who will. I remember you when you were a little girl going to school at Sacred Heart my mom was your teacher and your aunt Mrs. Jones was my teacher in st 4. Good luck to you and your family.

  8. responsible parenting says:

    It is a pity that in today’s society parents does not take responsibility for their children behavior. If your child is a trouble maker, you as a parent must discipline. If it was the school that disciplined, the parents would complain. The school can only do so much. They must set precedence that such behavior is not accepted. In some parents eyes, there children can do no wrong. But b reminded that school is for a child’s education and not the other way around. If you don’t like the teacher or the principal, then take your kids to another school. There are so many choices. If there were continuous complaints about teachers and principals from parents then u know there is a problem. But if it is only one parent, then you know they are making it personal.

  9. Karma says:

    Its funny how people quick to judge with only knowing little details about the issue. I have learnt from experience that not ever child who is misbehalf didn’t have the right upbringing but rather base on their own individuality and level of mature that they possess. The principal should not think about punishing a child or spiting that child in such a matter, because what happen to the parents that work very hard for their children. After the child graduate the principal will not have to deal with her anymore, so in my opinion its thru spite and not a proper disciplin. I don’t like a rude child, but will not judge the parent unless I know them, cause working mothers really and truly don’t have enough time to monitor all their children’s actions.

  10. Karma says:

    Teachers and principal are at school with children every day and they should do thier share of disciplin when it gets to the point of being too much, send the child home to the parent and not to return until the parent come….. what happen to emergency contacts?? Contact the parent so they can know wha their child is doing. Don’t know the parent, don’t know the child, don’t know the principal but everyone has to fair and just when they have these types of job

  11. Eda Chavarria says:

    Holyyyy! We should not GENERALIZE. Some parents try very hard to raise their children right and don’t succeed. Then there are some that did absolutely zip for their children and they turned out to be productive citizens.
    The principal as a professional should not have made those remarks. (if she did) I think that it is more the remarks that made the parents/family react. That and the fact that it is only one person that is being penalized.
    All the children involved in this incident should be dealt with in the same manner.
    About the child not graduating??? HMN I do not think that I would deny him/her that. Not because of a fight.

  12. Belizean Diaspora says:

    Hmmm……, I could see why the principal would come down on the student, rather than the outsider.
    However, the principal should have called the three of them in, called the parents of the students involved, and if need be, the police. That young lady who went to the school to cause this confrontation should be accountable for her actions, but she’s not a student at the school, but her brother is, and both students should have been punished. As far as not graduating, I’d just tell them to come for the diploma the Monday after.

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