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Nov 4, 2009

Principal association discusses crime in schools

Story PictureIt is not surprising to anyone that the crime rate is up and youths are directly affected by its occurrence. You don’t need to look any further than the murder of Wesley College student Dylan Ayuso or Tuesday’s T-Square assault that cracked the skull of Kadeem Babb in a class at Maud Williams High School to prove that point. Since violence is now in regular attendance at high schools, the Belize Association for Principals of Secondary Schools (BAPSS) is advocating against violence. BAPSS hopes that by working with the youths and various stakeholders in the community, a remedy to the crime situation would be formulated. Today, BAPSS had a meeting with the media, to discuss its role in minimizing its impact. BAPSS member, Salome Tillett, said that the association is trying to develop long-term solutions to crime in Belize.

Salome Tillett, Member, BAPSS
“We really asked the media what can they do to contribute. We have some ideas, but we don’t think it works if we say to you don’t do this. We wanted to hear from them, what could you do? What is your part in this struggle that we are all in together? I believe it was very productive because we had from the media houses present, a sense that they already feel that this is their struggle too. They do want to put out programs that are positive, that include the young people.”

Duane Moody
“Are you asking them to ignore that crime is rampant in Belize?”

Salome Tillett
“We do realize the reality of being a media business, that there are the various elements of the readership out there or the viewership that want to know what is happening. But we are saying because of the situation that we are in, our statistics are alarming; they should frighten every single Belizean, what can you do? We didn’t say to the media don’t put it, but what can you do and the offer comes from the. We think that this would help, we think that giving it less prominence would help; not that our people are not entitled to know, but do they need to know all the details? Do your children need to see the body on the ground, the blood spot, the broken arm, the gun shot wound, the mother crying her heart out, do our children need to see that? We think not.”

BAPSS had recently undertaken a similar initiative to discuss solutions to remedy the crime situation in the community.

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