Father apologises for school fight

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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 00:15

The fa­ther who was video­taped slap­ping and punch­ing school chil­dren from the Spey­side High School has apol­o­gised. The video was wide­ly shared on so­cial me­dia.

“I have apol­o­gised to the chil­dren’s par­ents and told them to take them (chil­dren) to the doc­tor and I will pay the bill,” the man, who does not want to be named told Guardian Me­dia, on Thurs­day.

 

His daugh­ter, who at­tends the Rox­bor­ough Sec­ondary School, was sus­pend­ed for sev­en days for her in­volve­ment in the brawl, which took place in Rox­bor­ough. He said he did not agree with his daugh­ter’s sus­pen­sion from school.

He said peo­ple could say what they want­ed about him, but they didn’t know what hap­pened, to cause the fight.

“I am talk­ing the truth. If they had slapped my daugh­ter for a rea­son, I would not be vexed,” the fa­ther said.

Adding:” All I want­ed to do was part the fight, but when I got there, I see the girl slap my daugh­ter and three of them (chil­dren) were on her. I slapped the girl for her to cool her­self.”

 

He said he did the “right thing” and “did not set out to abuse any­one.”

He said he “does not care” what peo­ple were say­ing about him and won­dered if they would have act­ed dif­fer­ent­ly, faced with the same sce­nario.

“They not watch­ing school chil­dren’s ac­tions. They be­hav­ing like I have done the worse crime in the world,” the fa­ther said.

Mean­while, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia has con­demned the man’s ac­tions.

He point­ed out that the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry has im­ple­ment­ed plans to ad­dress in­dis­ci­pline in schools and so far, have suc­cess­ful­ly re­duced the num­ber of in­ci­dents of school vi­o­lence.

Gar­cia told Guardian Me­dia that while he un­der­stood the fa­ther’s need to pro­tect his child, his ac­tions must be frowned up­on.

The min­is­ter is en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to get in­volved in their chil­dren’s school via par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tions or par­ent sup­port groups.

He said it is im­por­tant that par­ents, teach­ers and school ad­min­is­tra­tors, have a sol­id work­ing re­la­tion­ship to en­sure a safe en­vi­ron­ment for the na­tion’s chil­dren.

To­ba­go po­lice and the Di­vi­sion of Ed­u­ca­tion have launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­to the brawl.

 Camille McEachnie & Carisa Lee

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