The spate of violence surrounding schoolchildren in Antigua is on the rise and the police are not having it
This video has been circulating on social media which shows policemen picking up students at a secondary school.
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All this comes as two popular gangs calling themselves 2Drilly and 700 Bones have been put on notice that the government will soon make amendments to the Child Justice Act in to deal with people like them.
The gangs, which are made up of students from three schools on the island have caused serious injuries to other students in recent days, some resulting in their hospitalization.
The groups are very vocal on social media and do not shy of displaying their identity to the world. They are seen with cutlasses, machetes, and knives, vocally threatening their next target.
But Legal Affairs Minister Steadroy Benjamin said the government has taken a zero-tolerance approach and will amend the law to give the police more power to deal with such students.
“So, I am going to make it simpler for the police to deal with these types of people…I will go back to parliament very soon to change it…I will deal with that and I can assure you will stamp it out and stamp it out now,” he said.
Benjamin said parents will also be held accountable for their children’s behavior.
“You parents who have children whom you cannot control, whom you have on the streets conducting these violent acts, I shall amend the law to make you responsible as well. We will deal with you as well…that is a promise. You have got to control your children.…” Benjamin warned.