Dear Editor: I would like to share the disgust that I felt on listening to HTS News and hearing the Vice Principal (VP) of Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) on the death of the ex-CCSS student, Curtis Charlery.
First, as a supposed educator, who for five years had interacted with this young, talented, now-deceased child, I expected something a lot less condescending. Not even the worse criminal deserves to die, shot down on the street like a dog, and far less this 18-year old.
If the VP had nothing good to say, he should have kept quiet. If he could feel no empathy, and had no sense of loss, he should have mouthed the requisite words: “I am sorry to hear about the loss of yet another talented, bright, Saint Lucian young man, we grieve with his family at this time, and ask that the killers be found and brought to justice”. Would that have been too much to ask?
Instead, what did he say? That “he chose his path”. What the hell does that mean? Which path? Does anyone chose to be shot on the street like a dog? Did this young boy deserve to die like this? Is that what the VP meant?
Further, if I was the VP I would not be so quick to talk about all the things that had been done, by his own admission unsuccessfully. You failed this child by your own words. After all you said we tried everything and none of it worked. That Mr. VP gives you and the interventions described a failing grade.
Lastly, I do not know it to be the practice of the Ministry of Education for the files of students and their behaviours to be made available on the street in the manner that I saw disclosed by the VP. I have never heard such a thing before and I though it highly unprofessional and tasteless. Mr. VP should be cautioned to act with more discretion in talking about student’s information, and if I was the mother of Curtis Charley, I would move to sue the school for slander.
I am saddened that young people are dying and those who we expect to be saddened by their passing seem so cavalier.
You should be ashamed of yourself Mr. VP
Unimpressed Saint Lucian