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Leon Hess Comprehensive Secondary School (LHCSS) has taken action against students in uniform who appeared in an expletive-filled video that appeared on social media.
According to reports, the school instituted ‘supervised suspensions’ and stripped the participants who served as prefects and peer helpers of their appointments.
The President of the National Principals’ Association (NPA) described the music video as ‘disappointing’.
Filmed in a classroom setting with other students in the background, it appeared on Tik Tok and featured several female students dancing and uttering obscenities to a music soundtrack.
Two of the young women, one of whom said she was a senior student and a prefect, later apologised for the ‘great damage’ and ‘disappointment’ they had caused.
In her apology, one of the girls said she initiated the video.
“I wasn’t thinking about the consequences and I should have known better,” she declared.
NPA President Valerie St. Helene-Henry noted that the incident occurred at a time when students were being admonished to make good use of social media, their mobile telephones, and their time.
“To see students in uniform, in school engaging in such behaviour it is not a positive development for the education system,” St. Helene-Henry told St Lucia Times.
She acknowledged that action had been taken in connection with the incident.
“I know the principal of the Hess School is very passionate about discipline and I know he is going to ensure there is no repeat,” the NPA President stated.
St. Helene-Henry expressed confidence that the children in the video could get help to direct their energies to positive pursuits.
“Those schools have built up and grown in terms of academics and discipline and to see one or two of those students trying to put the school in a bad light, it is not motivating for principals and teachers because they really work hard with the students to ensure they become well-rounded citizens,” the NPA President told St Lucia Times.