The mother of a student of the Tagore Memorial Secondary School who had her religious attire pulled off her head during a bullying incident at her school wants the issue of bullying in schools to be properly addressed.
The mother, Rosanna Mohamed feels that the entire school system in Guyana should be revamped and policies put in place to act as checks and balances so that they could be early detection of violence and bullying in schools.
She said there is a need to reduce the growing incidents of violence within the school system.
“My personal mission is to spread awareness of bullying and school violence and to help the youth of this country to be good model citizens…I firmly believe that our school system needs to be revised to be better equipped to face the daily challenges our young people are facing today,” she stated.
Mohamed, who is also a teacher, said it is a sad reality that violence is an everyday thing that has now seeped into the school system.
The mother of two said she wants to see the problem hammered out because it has no place in the education system.
“No proper counseling was done with these children. These children need professional help and counseling. My daughter is the victim of this incident is traumatized and I am pleading with the Ministry of Education to send the mobile psychosocial unit to counsel her and the other children.”
Mohamed explained that while the police did a separate investigation into the incident and the file was sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), she is yet to hear from that office.
“I never want another child or another mother to experience what we went through. It was an awful experience. As a mother, I am deeply hurt and disappointed that the system failed us,” she remarked.
According to the mother, “in my opinion, there must be a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of violence. Cyberbullying is becoming more a problem too. The use of cell phones and other electronic devices to harass, intimidate, bully and text messages and posting of videos is now prevalent”
With these advanced forms of bullying, the educator said the schools are incapable of dealing with these issues.
With elections coming up in March 2020, the mother said she will be throwing her support behind the recently formed Change Guyana party.
The party is headed by businessman Robert Badal.