– students confess to possession, headmistress denies incident occurred
Earlier this week, the “house-parents” of President’s College located at the Golden Grove Village, East Coast Demerara, conducted a raid on the dormitories of the school and discovered a quantity of marijuana in the schoolbag of a Sixth Form student.
According to a source closely related to the school, the search was carried out on Monday, last, when the house-parents found “over a handful of marijuana” in a schoolbag at the Male Dormitory.
Reports are that the owner of the bag was a Sixth Form student, who shared his dormitory with two other male students, all of whom are over 17 years old. The young men were sitting the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) at the school and are scheduled to write a few more examinations.
At the time of the discovery, the owner of the schoolbag along with his room-mates admitted to “having and using the marijuana” and even submitted written confessions and apologies.
Kaieteur News understands that the parents of the students were called into the school to meet with the headmistress and the only penalties the students faced were to offer an apology each and to return to their homes until the days of their examinations. They are expected to travel from home to school when necessary.
Some board members and parents of students who currently attend the President’s College are very much disturbed at this course of action by the head-mistress. They explained that on numerous occasions serious problems have arisen at the school. The students “basically just have to say sorry and probably get suspended for a week or so” and this is not healthy for the school.
One board member told this newspaper, “If they keep up, children will always commit crimes and issues will arise rapidly because they know they don’t get serious punishment for their actions”.
Yet another member of the board stated, “Only last week a second form boy, only 13-years-old, was texting a teacher about how he want to sex her and he had to bring his parents in, and offer an apology.
“The head-teacher going too easy on them and they will keep doing bad and worse”.
This publication contacted a senior official of the school who admitted that the complaints made by the board members were accurate and confirmed that there was indeed a raid and discovery of marijuana in the student’s bag.
Also, it was reported that the marijuana which was found was handed over to the head-mistress of the school, Yonette Chichester, who was expected to call in the relevant authorities to handle the situation.
When Kaieteur News visited the President’s College to speak with Chichester concerning the incident, a female in her office stated, “Ms Chichester is not allowed to speak with the media”.
After being told about the allegation, the woman stated, “Ms Chichester doesn’t know about anything of the sort…nothing about anything.” She then proceeded to close the door.
Another source who works at the school explained to this newspaper that Ms Chichester “usually denies anything and hides a lot”.
The man said, “When it was about the sex scandal recently with the video, she (Chichester) said it wasn’t true even though the video proved it was. She said how we must believe the children even though there was solid proof.”
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