From the limited ‘breaking news’ report on the RG site it seems as if there has been some ‘gang’ violence at Cedarbridge. I am sure that the full story will come online sooner or later.
There is a lot of criticism of the Cedarbridge mega-school, and I am one who also think it was a bad idea, although I can understand the reluctance of the new government to mothball what was then a newly built massive capital building. Personally I would have advocated converting it into part of a bigger Bermuda College system and building at least four quality small class-size secondary schools throughout the island.
My main concern about this latest case is that the reaction is most likely going to be a call for a return to ‘family values’ which is usually a code for (and expanded on in the same reaction) a return to corporal punishment and Christian morality being shoved down the throats of school children, as well as calls for blocking things like BET and other music video channels and banning various movies from the island. About the only aspect of that which I agree with is a return to family values, but I mean something totally different by that. When I say it I mean paying workers a living wage so that parents aren’t having to work two to three jobs and leave the children unattended because even the grandparents are busy working. In other words people are letting the TV and like babysit the children.
Its a mess, no doubt about it, and there are lots of complex issues involved here, from drug addictions, consumerism, under-age sex and a sense of alienation amongst the youth. But bible bashing is not a bulwark against unethical behaviour, it just makes unethical people well-versed in biblical passages; sort of the keeping the bowl clean on the outside but not the inside issue. Its much more important for us to look at the root causes of these problems, that is the structural issues in society, than trying to apply snake-oil moralism as a band-aid.
Oh, and the updated article is up now.