Armed cops called to school fight

| 06/10/2017 | 79 Comments

(CNS): The head of John Gray High School has confirmed that there was a series of violent incidents at the school at the end of last week and the beginning of this that have resulted in arrests after armed police were called to the school. But he said the situation has been dealt with “firmly and fairly” and that overall the school is winning the battle against anti-social behaviour. Police confirmed that officers from an armed unit on patrol in the area responded to a call about a fight among children at the school on Thursday, 28 September, just before 1:00pm where a knife was involved.

The neighbourhood officer for the school attended alongside the armed officers and found one student in need of medical attention for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. Three other juveniles were arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm and are currently on police bail, the RCIPS said.

Jonathan Clark, the school principal, said the school had made huge improvements in reducing the number of major incidents during the last eighteen months, but when incidents do occur they are dealt with.

He said that in this latest serious incident, a lunchtime dispute between two student boys on 28 September spilled over into a second fight on Monday involving boys that did not attend the school.

“Both conflicts were dealt with quickly by senior staff and security on site, with parents being contacted, police and senior staff questioning those involved and appropriate sanctions being set,” Clark confirmed. “On Monday three students that don’t attend JGHS jumped a fence looking for one of the boys involved on Thursday. Security and senior staff were quickly alerted to this breach, however one student was struck by one of the intruders before fleeing the campus.”

He explained that students were visibly agitated but police and senior staff calmed the situation quickly and normal lessons resumed. Parents of all of the boys involved have been contacted and all concerned have met with the school head, and “restorative work” was completed Wednesday afternoon.

“Incidents like this are rare at JGHS but will always be taken seriously,” Clark stated, adding that fighting at JGHS would not be tolerated and, along with the police involvement, the school imposes its own sanctions.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The schools should never have been allowed to separate the expats/well to doers from the local/just making it on current wagers.

  2. Sucka Free Cayman says:

    Caymanians worried about crime need to pay attention to those trying to bomb US Land Marks in New York. Those pushing population increases definately aint acting in our best interest either Cayman. We need to put a stop to them before they destroy our home. Do not support any politician,government or these foreign private sector pimps who are aiding and supporting this foolishness. Time to put a curb to all these economic migrants who are coming to our shores.

  3. Big City View says:

    This is the Cayman unnah want this the Cayman unnah wiil have to deal with. Slow down this foolish expansion before it overwhelms us all. Its time to put a cap on these work permits and increasing our population. The jewel of Caribbean is turning inrto a seedy dangerous little place just because of a greedy few. Time to take back our island from the hands this foreign menace and their iglings

    • Anonymous says:

      What? Speak English.

      • Anonymous says:

        Clearly you na from here.

        • Breadfruit says:

          It’s crazy how people (not to be prejudice/racist but it’s almost entirely from expats) demand proper English 24/7 in Cayman. And to clarify, it isn’t because Caymanians lack grammatical knowledge. I’m university educated but bobo if you think say I ah change up da way I talkin jus to please unna’s ears and wants, you ga a surprise coming.

      • Anonymous says:

        Err… you mean, ‘write’ English. And I am a Caymanian by the way.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hmm, I think you’ll find the kids involved are Caymanian, whatever that is.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go to the public beach if you want to see the foreign menace invasion . These hawkers will drive away the tourist same way they did in Jamaica, and it is the same with people invading our schools.

      • Anonymous says:

        10:55 AM.
        Bravo, someone with the guts to expose the truth. I predicted this for Cayman 40 years ago after visiting Jamaica and seeing how disrespectful and and unfriendly they were toward the hotel guests You hit the nail squarely on the head.
        Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      I love the “unnah” this and “unnah” that. But you realize it would be easier to just type “you” right?! To speak it is one thing but to type your slang is just stupid. You don’t have to use the slang to let us know you are Caymanian. Your hate filled racism is a dead give away.

  4. satirony says:

    Rodney Dangerfield?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Those troublemakers will just grow up to be outstanding Cayman citizens who will hang out in parking lots, jam their bass and awake sleeping babies and kids, and drive recklessly to put us all in harms way for a few laughs. They are our gems of the Caribbean and we should be thankful they grace us with their presence. We all want to be them secretly, the village idiots, right?

    • Anonymous says:

      Some may be like that and some may grow into citizens you would find perfectly acceptable. Life’s like that.

      • Anonymous says:

        So lets waste an enourmous amount of resources on a crap-shoot on future criminals and ignore all the rest who play by the rules. Sounds like you yourself have cheated the system in some manner in the past and so you sympathsize with the perpetrators and not the perpetrators victims. Its bizzaro world.

        • Anonymous says:

          What is wrong with you? Paranoia, hatefulness, a compelling urge to write content? My statement is true. Relax.

      • Anonymous says:

        Life like that has long gone.

  6. Anonymous says:

    We need to apply restorative justice to the bullies and given them whatever they want, and also apply Routine Activity Theory so that students who are serious about their studies have to learn that they will just have to accept having their head on a swivel at all times and should avoid these bullies at all times -thats how our society has fixed the problems of crime, right?

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s the acceptance policy the government schools must have by law that allows for this kind of behavior to develop in the system. They mix some feral raised kids with a majority of well behaved and hard working students because they have no choice in the matter, maybe that needs to be addressed. Keep a seperate area of JGHS and segregate those students and offer them the same education. Private schools would not accept these kids and would and have expelled students for this behavior .
    I also agree with the thought that if only the MLA,s Had the testicular fortitude to put their kids in government schools , only then would they give a hoot and try push for change.
    Well done Ezxard for all your efforts so far as shadow minister.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I went to a tough school. When they asked a student to demonstrate gravity he threw the teacher out the window.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Worst school ever in Cayman!! Don’t send your good kids to this school. Even some of the teachers do things to tarnish your children’s character. Trust and believe. There is one female teacher at the school, you would think she’s a student herself. She’s very petty and very vindictive!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Go back to your cave, troll.

      “Don’t send your good kids?” But, what, do send your bad kids???

      Plenty of adults are petty and vindictive, but how that is a matter for JGHS is beyond me.

  10. Anonymous says:

    As a young Caymanian parent whose child attend private school I can tell you there’s no magic formula within the private school system. The simple reason why private schools are successful is because the PARENTS are involved. Any issue raised by the teacher to the parent is remedied immediately, no finger pointing or violent threats are given, just adults working together in harmony for the betterment of a child. Until parents give a dam about what their child is doing, no amount of money or strategy will work.

    • Anonymous says:

      The difference is really the socio-economic status of the parents of the kids. Kids whose friends have high socio-economic status perform better in exams, earn more, have longer lasting marriages, commit less crime and live longer.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Being in a position to comment with some authority, I will say that JGHS has some amazing students, plenty of okay students but also a hard-core minority of feral kids. The point is, don’t let these reports give the idiots the publicity they crave. The school and staff battle daily against ignorant stereotypes. Instead, a properly funded unit for these students who are pretty much unteachable in their current environment would go a long way, and remove some of the toxic elements that manifest amongst others…and for the love of god, let the principal do what he needs without interference from the ministry ‘experts’.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Attending school in Cayman during the 1970’s and 80’s was so different, we studied, had respect for our teachers and had good innocent fun at the same time, as young men football was our after school activity, it was our life and our world… youngsters today is into too much negativity…sad times indeed

    • Anonymous says:

      And everyone paid a school fee and expat children were integrated with local children…

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman High School “old school” to you PC officionados, produced the finest citizens the Island has ever seen. Doctors, lawyers, technical, bankers, captains, engineers. Has JGHS produced anything like these? I certainly hope so.

  13. Really? says:

    Ummh, yes the high school is definitely winning the battle against anti-social behaviour. Definitely. Lol, and the sky is pink. Tell us another joke please.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Increasing salaries of teachers will make it worse, they’ll care less, and focus on staying alive to put in the years

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is the same reason I refuse to send my children to this joke of a school

  16. MM says:

    Parents need to be charged, fined or sent to mandatory counselling when their child is involved in violent acts such as these. Something is going on in that child’s home-life!

    • Anonymous says:

      While that sounds great in theory, in reality these parents would more than likely lash out against the child causing that child to spiral more out of control.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Parents need to be involved with the school and their children’s lives long before they reach high school but even more while they are at high school. Unfortunately these are the years that kids go crazy. They need parents to keep them grounded. Please remember that the teachers, and other educators cannot do this without the parents buy in.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Metal detectors & security guards required?

  19. Juanita says:

    I work on a school bus it would be nice to have bags and body patdown every morning or every other days no one is to know when

  20. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know whether there are any security cameras in place around the school and especially the new gym which has just been completed and from what I have heard is already being torn apart by some students. We must be able to hold students and their parents accountable for damages to the school property and demand the respective financial reimbursement. It is disgusting that the general public has to foot the bill because some parents fail to raise their kids properly and some of those wanna be gangsters running rampant in school.

    I really can’t believe that the school is winning the battle in regards to ill behaved kids but I am happy to have someone proof me wrong.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Welcome to American Gangland! Caymanians you have successfully allowed you social system to be corrupted and corroded! How easy is to fix a school system? Well don’t just throw money at it! Actually manage the money you throw at it! Get envolve as this is your future starring you right in the face!

    • Jah Dread says:

      It is a serious issue indeed but not one where there is a need corrupt and corroded allegations. I am sure that the new Minister of Education along with her Government colleagues and the Education Council will o doubt address this and other weaknesses in our school system, So 12:05 your comments are well meant I suppose or at least I hope so, it shall be fixed.

      • MM says:

        If you can keep her on-island long enough to deal with anything!

      • Anonymous says:

        Really? Why do you think this one will fix it…..for the past 20 years none of them have fixed it. The problems keep spiraling while they sit in ivory towers and give us platitudes and photos that are staged…..Our test scores, and arrest records for young Caymanians should be proof enough that the system is broken….

        • Anonymous says:

          EXACTLY. Rather than clean up the mess the premier left when he was Min of Education some 12 years ago, he & successive administrations have continued to igore the monumental problem of the education system in Cayman. The results reflect that neglect which I would think would embarrass him into addressing it since it’s clear he has no heart. But he continues to ignore the mess, leaves millions of dollars in the ruins of an unfinished school for 12 years now to run off to destroy the environment to build a dock. What a priority. What a legacy.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually your test scores are pretty good and get better every year. How many students get arrested each year? And when are you going to stop expecting the schools to raise your children for you?! That is the real problem

      • Anonymous says:

        Wow talk about misplaced confidence 12:27

    • Anonymous says:

      I live in America and the headlines of my local newspaper doesn’t look like this. It’s not every where in America or in every school in America that has “gangsters “.

      • Anonymous says:

        There you go again, blame it on America. Well if you have avoided real informative media, you would know that Americans know all about your crime wave and feel much safer at home. Thank you.

    • Anon E. Mus says:

      lol don’t worry 12:05 pm… they’ll just build another oversized gym or an olympic sized pool.. that’ll fix the problem 😀

  22. Anonymous says:

    “boys that did not attend the school”?? What school do they attend? Truants or older gang members?

    • Anonymous says:

      Been going on for years, even since the school was the middle school but the Education Department gave no help to the principals of the time because they didn’t want to admit there were problems. They appointed a school chaplain instead which was as effective as tits on a boar hog and actually his own child is in Northward now for theft and gang stuff.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Build a bigger prison now! We’re sure going to need it!

    • Anonymous says:

      On top of the dump.

    • Anon E. Mus says:

      @11:13 am reminds me of a song
      Prison Song – System of a down

      “They’re trying to build a prison
      They’re trying to build a prison

      Following the rights movement
      You clamped on with your iron fists
      Drugs became conveniently
      Available for all the kids”

      lol just an example of that song

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