By Aaron Humes: Like many, the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) is “alarmed and shocked” at this week’s events – marijuana-laced candies sold to students by those they trust.
As guardians of the education system, the Union calls the situation “nothing short of an attack on our most vulnerable” and confirming “parents’ worst fears” that the safe and protective learning environment of a school turned into everything but. And worse, according to the Union, more than one school was affected and it is not yet clear how widespread the problem may be.
An investigation is needed – intense, comprehensive, and with the end goal in mind of bringing perpetrators to justice and terminating any organized system of production and distribution.
As for school security, the BNTU calls on the Ministry of Education and Managing Authorities to review current security measures and protocols in place at schools with the aim of stopping the distribution and consumption of drugs, and to parents, students, and the wider community to heighten their vigilance and support the efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
They conclude, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and school affected.”
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