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School teacher calls for ban on toy guns in VI

- In light of spate of gun violence in territory
A school teacher has called for the ban of toy guns in the Virgin Islands, as she believes their use could be training the minds of the youths to engage in activities involving real firearms. Photo: Facebook
Mathematics teacher and author Khalilah Callwood shared her concerns about toy guns on Facebook via the Real BVI Community Board’s page on February 27, 2023. Photo: Facebook
Mathematics teacher and author Khalilah Callwood shared her concerns about toy guns on Facebook via the Real BVI Community Board’s page on February 27, 2023. Photo: Facebook
 Mr Nehassie Chalwell admonished parents to be careful what they allow their children to watch, play or take part in. Photo: Facebook
Mr Nehassie Chalwell admonished parents to be careful what they allow their children to watch, play or take part in. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A school teacher has called for a ban on toy guns in the Virgin Islands, as she believes their use could be training the minds of the youths to engage in activities involving real firearms.

Mathematics teacher and author Ms Khalilah Callwood took to Facebook via the Real BVI Community Board’s page on February 27, 2023, where she shared her concerns over a disturbing incident she witnessed.

Playful ‘Drive by shooting’

Sharing a photo of several toy guns, Ms Callwood said she saw a student enacting a violent scene using a toy gun.

“Recently, I witnessed a scene from a movie playing out right before my eyes.  It involved students chilling by the roadside and another student rolling up on them with one of the images shown in the picture, and opening fire on them.  Of course these kids found joy in the activity that was now taking place, with others joining”, Callwood related.

The teacher continued by pointing out increasing issues with crime and violence involving shootings across the territory, as she questioned why parents would purchase such toys for their children and why shopkeepers and proprietors stock them.

“Customs Officers, why do you allow these ‘toys’ to enter our territory? Government Officials, why haven’t you looked into banning these ‘toys’? In the past, I have spoken to students and advised them against using the same, but chose not to say anything to this set, due to personal reasons.

“There was an interesting discussion at the end of one of the debates about who’s to blame for the state of affairs of our students, and as usual everyone is pointing fingers at the other side.  But if we are to be totally honest, we all are responsible”, Callwood noted, while calling on all to assist in mending the villages.

They play it like a video game’- Nehassie Chalwell

Callwood’s Facebook post received huge support on Facebook and some persons even shared similar experiences.

“I see a lot of teens playing this game in my community where they dress up in masks and dark clothing, sneak up on each other, and open fire. They play it like a video game but I’m concerned that after they get tired of the toy gun it's possible for them to want to experience the real thing, sigh,” commented Nehassie Challwell on his Facebook page, where he shared Ms Callwood’s post.

Mr Chalwell admonished parents to be careful what they allow their children to watch, play or take part in.

“It could be more serious than you think. And stop telling me the story bout he/she is a child leave them alone. Stop taking it for granted and a joke the kids practice what they see on social media or TV. You need to pay a lot more attention to your kids day to day lifestyles.

“The Minister of Education gave some distasteful news about the weapons they have been finding in kids' possession in school. Parents a beg ayo please pay attention stop buying your kids these guns before its too late,” Mr Chalwell pleaded.

26 Responses to “School teacher calls for ban on toy guns in VI”

  • DEA (14/03/2023, 12:45) Like (7) Dislike (18) Reply
    Why have toy guns when plenty real firearms available from East to West
  • Endorse (14/03/2023, 12:52) Like (44) Dislike (4) Reply
    I endorse this a trillion times over! Stop training our kids to be desensitized to killing. Thank you Ms. Callwood and Mr. Chalwell.
    • Madussa (14/03/2023, 20:00) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      The solution is simple. Stop the vendors from bringing in toy guns. Those who won't adhere to the law will have their toy guns confiscated, destroyed, and fined for breaking the law. A STOP ORDER can be put out right now to the vendors if any of you politicians in charge have any guts to follow through. This is EASY to fix, so fix it! Let's wait and see how long this takes. This can be solved this week. The toy guns that are already here should be destroyed right now! Case closed! I'll sit back and read what the brainiacs have to say.
  • Ban (14/03/2023, 13:35) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    Most young mèn my age grew up when western movies were the thing. Every young boy .ade a gun out of board. Made a holster out of card from a box. We played cowboy and crook almost every night. My generation are not involved in shooting walk by or drive by. This tells me it is not the toy guns but the movies that are influencing the youngsters. Are we going to ban the movies as well. Are we going to ban everything that is used fur evil.

    Ban scooters, why not ban alcohol and cigarettes, why not Gan the crooked politicians, the answer is not in banning it is in parental discipline. It is in what we gave become a godless society. Parents don't go to church, you can't send the children you have to take them. Let us start banning everything that is evil. If we do the first person the ban is slowman, evil to the core. Let's ban csc came out the womb evil.
  • Vg man (14/03/2023, 13:42) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Toy guns ain’t the problem.Internet have them and television shows them everyday.So what you think?
  • GTA12345 (14/03/2023, 13:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • kpt (14/03/2023, 13:53) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    While you are at it why don’t you put a band on TV so the kids won’t be able to watch the gun crimes on TV? Kids have been playing with toy guns as far as I remember and I am over 80 years old.
  • Told (14/03/2023, 13:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I told the politicians for about 2 years now to make a legislation to ban toys guns and toy weapons they didnt study me they think I was crazy. But who dont hear feels
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin (14/03/2023, 14:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many people, especially the seller of toy guns, will not support this call for a band on toy guns, because of money making purpose. While it is true that guns can be used for a good cause, most of the time they have been used for violent reason. I am in agreement with Mr. Nahassie Chalwell's position on this topic matter.

    Are we willing to have a referendum held in the very near future on this topic matter, as much as we do on other matters not as important as this one? No! The majority of us don't. How else can we expect violent gun crimes to be curb or reduce in the BVI?
    Talk alone without needful actions is of no help towards better governance regardless of those that are or those that will be elected next general election. Agreed?
  • jah (14/03/2023, 14:27) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    So why you complain when royal British virgin island police force hire expats and cops from England? Tola got alot of people calling on government to do things which they dream overnight.
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (14/03/2023, 14:33) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Thank you also Ms Callwood fo the sharing of this important concern as Mr. Natassie has.
  • ಠ_ಠ (14/03/2023, 14:39) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    While we're at it, lets ban video games with guns in them, as well!
  • yoyo (14/03/2023, 14:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The cry is too late. When Commissioner Vernon was in charge of the Police, the toy guns were banned. Look up the laws of the Virgin Islands. The solution is much deeper than the teacher thinks.
  • Ken P (14/03/2023, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This ban on toy guns I guess is aimed against children, it is the mind set that need changing, if I someone can get a gun they will use what ever means.
  • it starts at home (14/03/2023, 15:09) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    We can ban every thing that's a threat to our children, but the problems will not be solved. It all starts with us parents and guardians training our children from infants as to what is right and what is wrong, and following through. The stores sell toy guns, if the parents and older folk don't buy them for children, how will the little ones get them. People can buy them overseas like everything else and bring them in same way. When we were children we use to play cowboy and if we didn't have the toy gun, we use to use a stick and point it. This is another generation. So parents take the lead, train your children and instill values in them and we wouldn't be on facebook calling on government to ban scooters and toy guns. Let's do our part
  • HMMM (14/03/2023, 15:27) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Listen how about upgrading the school system then talking about ban toy guns. kids will be kids is the parents to teach the kids from right to wrong. you saying by them playing with the toy one their gonna want the real one... why think so evil on a child who by chance might just be having fun not even thinking about the real gun. thing we really need to put our mouths and mind too we aint.

    the school system in the bvi is going to the dogs, Hospital need stuff. not cause a child have a toy gun makes him think or feel he need the real one, we the parents need to step into our kids life and see what happen and stop blame toys, tv or the internet.
  • Something Else (14/03/2023, 15:42) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    We will always look at things like this instead of paying attention to any of the underlying reasons that actually cause crime. Toy have never been the issue
  • KB (14/03/2023, 16:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish all drive by shootings in the BVI were done with toy guns! A lot of our family members and friends would still be alive today.
  • Said I said I (14/03/2023, 17:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    "School teacher calls for ban on toy guns in VI"
    AMEN to that...
  • Bunk (14/03/2023, 21:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We should also ban sticks shaped like guns.. and make it illegal for people to make gun gestures with their hands.
  • Suggestions (14/03/2023, 22:09) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can all Maths and English teachers volunteer some of their time in the afternoon to help kids who are failing those two subjects.
  • Truly (14/03/2023, 22:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Toy guns are least of our problems. And i doubt toy guns are a hot seller in the BVI. What she should of said and will not say, PARENTS need to watch their kids are playing on the console games at home (xbox, PS4/5) etc.

    If you the the parent in your bed sleeping and your child who have a tv or some other device in their rooms allowing to stay up playing games without time limit. TOY guns are not our problem, CONSOLE GAMES and LACK OF PROPER PARENTING is our situation ins society today.

    Parents rather be a friend or best buddy than an actually parent, and when they decide to put their food down it's too late. Why. Because your child saw you as a friend and friendship can be broken
  • Welcome to the vi (15/03/2023, 06:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welcome to the vi where people think banning something is the way to fix a problem. Let's ban scooter so the Youngs can live longer, let's ban jetski because someone got injured. Wait here an idea let's ban politicians because they all doin the same things!!
  • time will tell (15/03/2023, 16:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't agree with this at all. We are all entitled to an opinion and to vie them as long as they do not hurt anyone else. However, should toy guns be banned just because there is a fear that they will grow up and use a real gun? How many persons we have in jail who never had a toy gun? Would we feel the same way if we had an army and it was mandatory for males to serve? We all use knifes, We all know how to wheel a cutlass. Do we grow up and want to chop up each other? We train young minds not to do certain things and it sticks. So this leaves the real question to be asked. Are parents training/guiding young minds to do the right thing? Are parents even present in these young people's lives? Don't blame a toy for raising lawless children who grow up to be criminals.

    I remember Mr.Scatliffe and Noel Llyod having toy guns with the roll of pop-shots that we used to load them up with. Me and none of my friends I plays with as a child grew up to be criminals using guns. People obtain and use guns either out of fear for their safety or to right a wrong the police does not and in most cases cannot deal with in a satisfactory manner.
  • Toys (16/03/2023, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about toy cars, toy bats, etc?
  • Ppl always looking at the bad (16/03/2023, 08:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why some ppl always looking at the negative side of everything. We got kids that like to run they become track stars. Some like to play basketball they go away and became good at it,and the list could go on. But because I kids playing with toy guns them talking a set of negative about it. That same child could go in the army and b a hero. But no one can see that

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