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Expelling from school will make children criminals – Edmund Maduro

November 29th, 2013 | Tags: Edmund Maduro expulsions ESHS criminals Teachers
Talk show host Edmund Maduro has expressed his disapproval of expelling students from school and said the consequence could be that those same students may be led to become criminals. Photo: VINO/File
Seven (7) students were recently expelled from the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) while others were suspended for several misconducts, which included disrespecting the Principal (ag) Mr Wade W. Tobin and allegedly issuing serious treats to him. Photo: VINO/File
Seven (7) students were recently expelled from the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) while others were suspended for several misconducts, which included disrespecting the Principal (ag) Mr Wade W. Tobin and allegedly issuing serious treats to him. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “I am personally dreadfully against suspending children from education.” This is according to talk show host Edmund Maduro who heavily criticized the act of expelling children from school during his radio programme last evening, November 28, 2013.

Seven (7) students were recently expelled from the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) while others were suspended for several misconducts, which included disrespecting the Principal (ag) Mr Wade W. Tobin and allegedly issuing serious threats to him.

Teachers at the school had led the call for the errant students to be expelled. Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn reluctantly acceded to their request but had also voiced his personal disapproval of such a move.

According to Mr Maduro, if a student becomes difficult to deal with, the answer is not to send him/her home but rather look for possible options of dealing with that child. “You don’t send them home to sit down, you look to send them to special schools, special classes, that that child must go for discipline,” he said.

He described the act of expulsion as “making criminals out of our own children” and recollected the action of sending a young man to another country to a special school and upon his return he was well groomed.

“If we cannot afford to build those schools here for children of that behaviour then we need to get into working relationships whether it be in Antigua, Barbados or whereever but our children need discipline. The punishment of dismissing them and sending them home to sit down is itself a crime.”

“Those who are doing it should go to Balsam Ghut, I don’t care what anybody says. I learnt one thing from my mother, she said if we cannot reach inside of a child you cannot teach that child and if you have enough education you’ll understand what she is saying,” he continued.

According to the talk show host, it is the task of teachers to study each child especially those with difficulties to find out what are the root causes of him/her being difficult. “Sometimes the difficulties come from the home, sometime you have to sit down with the mothers, the fathers. A brain is a terrible thing to waste,” lamented Mr Maduro.

He said a teacher should not just be thinking about their salaries but must be a dedicated citizen, dedicated to the future leadership of the country.

“It is criminal to suspend a child from school, just like that and send him home to sit down.” He said it is constitutional that children are guaranteed an education.

Maduro insisted that the government of the day has the responsibility to provide programmes for difficult children to recover. “Who knows? Somewhere down the line that child might become the premier!”

35 Responses to “Expelling from school will make children criminals – Edmund Maduro”

  • Edmund (29/11/2013, 10:00) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop seeking attention- VINO giving you too much publicity- yes- send the hooligans home for good
    • Ghettson (29/11/2013, 16:35) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Expell the hoods from school and expell their parents from the VI then the family would be a total epulsion and free to roam and to raise their current hoods and any furture hoods elsewhere.
  • Gia (29/11/2013, 10:08) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    People will be come criminals if they are in school or not. How many educated criminals are in balsam Ghut ? Expell the bad apples. you have to have some sort of stardards.
  • .... (29/11/2013, 10:20) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's time for the parents to decide what to do with them. If the parents can't discipline them then the society has a problem. The parents are the ones who need to look into sending them to a special school not Government. Here are some recommendations sign them up with the Cadet Corp, see if night school will put up with them, or send them Balsam Ghut to give them a taste of how they would end up if they don't change.
  • Eh? (29/11/2013, 10:22) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply

    And not taking your meds will make you TALK $h!T ALL DAY AND NIGHT! Schups!

  • two faced (29/11/2013, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope they can afford to send deeds kids to boarding school like some have done with dem son
  • parents wake up (29/11/2013, 10:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Expelled or not their behavior is outrageous am living in long look am the amount of teenagers that usually be on the street at any time and their parents are home the children mouths need to wash out with soap the amount of up seen language they are speaking
  • facts man (29/11/2013, 11:01) Like (1) Dislike (22) Reply
    another of mvw ill advise decsions killing oppertunites for the youths
  • Umm (29/11/2013, 11:12) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    My guess is they are already criminals!
  • reality (29/11/2013, 11:38) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I've got news for you........they're already criminals with criminal attitudes and actions!!!
  • Hmm (29/11/2013, 12:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Edmund go sit down with ur outer control self b**ting w*man in a bar

  • Hmm (29/11/2013, 12:08) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    How they are acting they are already criminals. The reason they may have been acting this way is because until now they have been getting off. I respect you Mr Maduro but you are talking nonsense.
  • Eagle (29/11/2013, 12:28) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr maduro have u stopped taking your medication? Can't u see they are already criminals?
  • Go on (29/11/2013, 12:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Maduro, these hoodlums are ALREADY criminals. You soft in the head if you think otherwise. Take them in to your home and show us how you save them. Take away their cutlass and 2x4 first though....
  • Isaac (29/11/2013, 13:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    How will expelling them from school make them criminals when that is aready what they are? Edmund clearly missed the boat.
  • rock man (29/11/2013, 13:55) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    (To go on) the older ppl say edmon is a ***** so send your son to live with him. Lol

    • why you gone dey (29/11/2013, 16:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      well Edmund would not be the first look we have an @#$%^ politician who so too
  • hmm. (29/11/2013, 14:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    But they already are!!! They should now be sent to a 'boot camp' to have them reformed.
  • school children (29/11/2013, 20:22) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    we miss Fahie and sick of this next one. The VIP years were the good ol' days.
  • Champ (29/11/2013, 20:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    mr Edmund now I must say I listen to you show and like it . but now you have me off track here . hon Myron w. did the best thing he really did,nt want to I respect it cause if he did,nt others would have try the same thing good example thumbs up hon Myron w.
  • bad boy (29/11/2013, 20:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    this fool again madhuro if it was your children what would you have done the parents need locking up at balo the chips is not far from the block
  • sush (29/11/2013, 21:36) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Edmund just sush!.. I don't know who talk more or Donald decastro... yall seem to live to disagree with everything. ..send them out of control a$$es out the gate if they can't act right..
  • boy (29/11/2013, 22:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dis man head good? Could neva...
  • Buff-Baff (30/11/2013, 00:19) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    "He described the act of expulsion as “making criminals out of our own children” ". These gangsters are already criminals while in school. The fact that they are in school and behaving like criminals is saying that school is not doing them any good. Kick them out; don't let them spoil the whole school. They chose to be bad men, let them deal with the consequences of their actions. And I am disappointed with Mr. Maduro for even thinking of sending our delinquents to some other country to be "reformed" as if we are incapable of dealing with our own problems. What he should be saying is that the BVI should make provisions for dealing with reforming these youngsters.
    • Bull (30/11/2013, 06:18) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      OBVIOUSLY we are not capable of dealing with our problems if our solution is to expel the kids! They are kids! It is our rightful duty to bring the kids up in the way they should go. We should NOT give up on them because people can change. The younger ones are the future leaders of our country! Who are u to take away their right to an education whether or not they choose to be bad men at this stage of their lives. Who knows, they might actually come out to he something. They just need some guidance, a mentor but I guess everybody thats too hard for the older people of our our community to do! And parents are also to blame but we as a community should not give up on them
      • Buff-Baff (01/12/2013, 20:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Are you saying that Mr. Tobin and his staff, and the security staff MUST put up with the verbal and physical abuses from these unruly youngsters just to save them? Why don't you take them in to live with you and provide the necessary mentoring since you have so much faith in them? If you were facing a gun or knife or a piece of pipe (as Mr. Elmore Stoutt had to endure) would you be saying the same things and feeling the same way? I doubt that. If the parents and guardians failed to bring them up correctly, let them face the reality that our society WILL NOT put up with their nonsense.
  • wise up (30/11/2013, 02:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    maduro need to go sit down; maduro can only talk bull about problems BUT offer no solutions just chat bull on tv and radio.....for an elder in the BVI he brings nothing to the table BUT he has the right to free-speach !!!!
  • Premier in the year 2095 (30/11/2013, 03:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The iron lady minister cares nothing about our youths just a photo and a press release
  • Real Talk (30/11/2013, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Edmund is this your excuse for being soooo rude? Were you expelled from school too?
  • John doe (30/11/2013, 19:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If those young criminals wanted an education, they would have shown appreciation when they had the chance. My child deserves to be educated in an environment that is safe. Those boys were obviously a threat to teachers and other students. Remember Edmund, if you need to cut off your limb in order to save your life, you just have to do what you have to do. I supported the teachers' protest 100%. I also support mandatory reform programs for the expelled boys.
  • mAN uP (02/12/2013, 13:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when is the next election? I see the campaign start already.I am reminded of the same way the GOP started early but got whipped by Democrat, Be careful
  • power (03/12/2013, 11:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Regardless whatever anyone says I am still fully convinced that we just cannot govern ourselves.

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