Police commissioner meets with stakeholders to discuss student loitering

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Police commissioner meets with stakeholders to discuss student loitering
Vernon Francois.
Vernon Francois.

Commissioner of Police Vernon Francois and other high ranking officials of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) met with educators, police officers and a few business owners in the city today to discuss the ongoing issue of loitering and indecent behaviour being portrayed by school students.

The top cop said the emergency meeting was necessary because it has been an ongoing one and requires a solution.

Francois said that all stakeholders should have an input in helping to reduce or stop the loitering, which most times lead to criminal behaviour.

He told the gathering that a number of school-aged children are known to be loitering in Castries and entering stores and businesses.

Francois said the RSLPF believes that trend is worrying and this type of behaviour can lead to stealing and poses a major threat to city businesses.

Francois told the meeting that a research was done regarding the issues a few years back by the Community Relations Branch of the RSLPF and a few recommendations were made. One of them was to increase police presence in the affected areas, starting at 3 p.m daily.

The team had also recommended that there be greater public awareness about the issue and plans should be made to amend the Education Act to allow principals to punish students who loiter.

Speaking on suggestions that were made to have a curfew, the police chief said that will not be the best option. He explained that it would mean police will have to arrest and charge students, which is something he is not too keen on implementing.

The police plans to continue to dialogue with stakeholders and hopefully come up with a plan to address the issue.

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  1. MANDATORY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES for the children, that’s my suggestion because they obviously have time and energy after school hours.

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  2. how about mandatory after school programmes at least twice a week. the other two days parents have to decide on something to enroll them in.

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  3. We always try to treat the symptoms without first looking at the root cause of our problems. Our kids don't want to go home because there is nothing to go home to. Our families are broken; our kids find more comfort and security with their friends than they would find at home. Jean Vi Ange post was a long read but interesting (minus the point that he/she called our children stupid - they're not stupid, just misguided). Jean found love at home which is what a lot of these kids don't have.

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    • Yes we did find love at home and our parents kept us busy so there was no space for outside influences and pare pressure. If anyone in the community had disciplined or beaten us for any reason, with our parents so be it! I wish the kids of this country all the best.

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  4. There is a need to speak with students to find out why they frequent the streets of Castries in that manner. We must hear them, this is important so that we can know the reasons for their actions. Why are we not speaking to the young people, after all we have some very discipline, ambitious and well behaved young people. Were any students invited to the meeting with the Police.

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  5. You can't really blame the kids, most of them go home to misery. Why would a principal punish one for loitering I really thing that will just cause more violence.

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  6. IT IS NOT for the good of our children. It is a deliberate move to super-impose the beast as an authority over innocence. WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE. Some say it dangerous to wake them if they are too far gone. I ain't mad..

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  7. These children have parents who should be putting measures in place to deal with their children. The police cannot be expected to be babysitters. Parents have a responsibility. Charge the parents you will see whether all these children will be liotering instead of going home to do chores and study. We all were children once, and we participated in sports, attended lessons, did chores, did homework, studied, learned to play an instrument or learned a trade. Parents take care of your children.

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  8. St . Lucian's let's give it a try and see how it works. Let the Police officers with the help of Business persons and espically PARENTS work something out that will be productive at the end of it all. Some the students are very very rude and disrespectfull.
    IT'S FOR THE GOOD OF OUR CHILDREN

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  9. A bunch of stupid children who are not focus and has no direction. The central Library is open at that time why don't they go there? Read a book do some research on what was taught for the day. The Cathedral is open at that time why don't they go there to pray? Even if their parents are not home they can go home do their homework, prepare something for them and their parents to eat for supper, go look after their uniforms for next day! Put their books in other. These children has no respect for themselves that is why they are doing this in the City.
    My parents had Seven of us we all went to secondary School, some at schools in Castries and others in the south. We all were home before 5:30 in the afternoon. We had our shores to do in the house, my brother was the first he and my two sisters did the cooking, the younger boys went to the field to play because we lived next to the field; after our supper everyone would sit and do homework, we helped each other in drawing and projects. Our parents both worked at hotels. When they came in at nine daddy would put his bag and shoes away and sit with us to check on our homework. Mom would go straight in the kitchen to get some supper on the table for she and dad to eat. After that mom would get meat to season for next day tell my siblings what to cook. The only reason it was my siblings who cooked is because some of us didn't like overnight food, but for mom and dad they would cook at nights for next day. Daddy would leave us to finish our home work after checking on it and go have his supper.
    After supper is done mom would clean up put all dirty cloths in other for washing, thank God we had a washing machine the cloths would be wash and hanged in our balcony at nights, everyone took turns for their baths, my sisters would press cloths for next day one press all the shirts, the other press all skirts and trousers. Mom would press her cloths and dads. If they were not too tired we would watch a video as family daddy always had a friend who would bring him movies.
    When we were up 5:00 in the morning everyone's b/fast and lunch was ready for school by my mom. We all had our lunch container, local juice and water bottles.
    On Saturday afternoon was our games time, dad, mom, all of us, we played cricket, football, randers, netball, whatever we were in the mood to. We were all involved in school sports.
    Sunday mornings church for all, Sunday afternoon we always had friends come over to read new books, have debates, learn new words play dominoes, cards ects, we had a full life.
    We choose our own profession on what we were capable of doing. Our parents never told us what profession to choose we're all into different fields the discipline mom and dad gave us paid off. Thanks to Our Mom & Dad they're both almost eighty, we celebrate their Birthdays every year since they were 50 yrs old. Thanks again to our love birds mom & dad.!!!!

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    • That is thee ideal.

      Today many parents are at work when the children get home. If you are in the hospitality industry - worse!

      In an effort to get the $$$ to send these same kids to school, some parents are not home.

      Many of our kids are raising themselves.

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  10. A curfew would work effectively to stop the negative behaviors in their tracks. Violence is already so rampant in the city. Measures must be tough.

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  11. A curfew although harsh, would be the most effective strategy to employ. just limit it's duration. Students in breach would pay a fine plus a stiffer curfew. We have to stop this loitering because it breeds negative behavior which is already so rampant in our midst. Stop it in it's tracks.

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  12. Leave the kids aloneeee.. let ppl be freee and happy .. plzzz who wnts to run home after a whole boring school day .. atleast gv them a free day or days .. adult you guys need to chill .. yh sum youth do dumb stuff like fight nd wt not but other now pay. let ppl be free the world is ourss not anyones own .. gv the kids a break .. jst keep polive around to keep the place safe. if ur upset its your right 🙂

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  13. The chief of police is calling a meeting to deal with student loitering, am wondering is that a threat to the nations security to warrant the chief the throw resources at? Why don't the buses continue to meet students at school and take them straight home? Why don't those delinquent parents take responsibility for their children after school? Why is it there are no sporting activities to keep the children occupied after school? Why can't the children be given an area where they can have access to WiFi to make use of the laptops the govt gave them?
    The commissioner shouldn't entertain that let the parents, min of education, min of sports and local community activist handle that.....the commissioner should be discussing how to prevent the kinds of atrocious crimes that are being committed, the movement of drugs and illegal immigrants that threaten the security of the nation....
    What can the police do arrest over 400 students in the city. I want to see police make the kids board a bus and go to school or home.....papishow.

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  14. First, an independent committee should be set up to enforce a one and half hour curfew in order that they may find their way home. Each school principal should reiterate such, that offenders will be arrested and brought to the school the following day, if a valid reason cannot be produced from parents or guardian with a copy of a picture id. Penalty will cost points for academic year. Second offenders will have their parents summoned to respond to the lack of responsibility in parenting, cause too many irresponsible people are breeding the nation. Third offense will result in the suspension of the student, which will be at the discretion of the principal. Repeat offenders will be forced to do community service.

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  15. Something must be done about this problem. We cannot have our youths roaming the streets that way. It isn't a healthy habit. I think it's a good move by the police and they should have the support of all stakeholders, which include parents, teachers, churchleaders, youthleaders, government ministers etc .

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  16. loiter is just one problem,kids going out to party and drinking..drinking is a very big problem already among our kids ,but guess what ?we pretend not to see the problem,at the age of 12-the time they graduate ,what business does the kids have to be in a dance hall and drinking..st lucians wake up.check your children.how many children do you see in church on sunday morning?

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  17. Feeding the beast is exactly what goes on in St. Lucia. The majority of the population are christian. That means a lot of people have bought into the matrix and are awaiting help from a saviour. The majority think it is OK to pretend that we are virtuous in the way we interact with society while we silently allow the Catholic Church to commit acts of satanism on our young boys. We allow so called Gov't to imprison men without fair due process because we all know that the system is corrupt and wanting. The education system is complicit and explicit in the way they prepare the individual for entry into the work force as slaves and serfs. The banking system has been caught laundering drug money. And yet we pretend to be all loving and holy, and one nationly. The majority will not stand up against any abuse on himself or his fellow human. But that is world wide they say. So we continue feeding the beast...

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  18. this is a very sensitive issue i believe.Parents have a greater role he helping students to stop the loitering.y is it that some students can home right away and others can't? there may be situations like both parents are at work and wouldn't want the kids home alone and so they have to wait on them till 4-5. The other thing, if that is the case for some students, y can't their parents have them come to their work places to wait on them like some parents do.i just hope that the police do their jobs skillfully and professionally.