The tragic circumstances related to the passing of Kelvin Fraser, 15, are being carefully followed, according to the Rights of the Child Commission (RCC).
The Commission stated that of particular concern is the conduct of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in a school environment.
According to Deputy Chairperson of the RCC, Rosemary Benjamin-Noble, children and their parents have a right to reasonably expect that a school environment would be safe and would offer fair protection.
She stated that even in instances where for various reasons this is not achieved, caution ought to be applied by lawful authorities in restoration of order.
“While we consider it imprudent to comment on what should be the result of what we assume are ongoing investigations and criminal proceedings instituted, the RCC shall he requesting the Ministers of Home Affairs and Education, and the Commissioner of Police to oversee a review of the approved protocol for intervention in matters at schools.”
The Deputy Chairman further said should none exist, the RCC expects that one would be rapidly put in place, and training and sensitisation be immediately undertaken by the GPF officers and ranks. “In particular, the presence, type and use of weapons must be clarified.”
The RCC is of the view that there must never be a recurrence of incidents such as this and the likelihood would be minimised if officers and ranks of the GPF are mandated to follow protocol, and, in a school setting, conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of children’s rights.
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