Police keeping close eye at the rise of school fightsPOSTED: 04/10/15 12:05 PM
St. Maarten – The rise in fights in the St. Peters vicinity has the attention of the Police Department. In the past months fights have been taped by the students and uploaded to social media sites causing the videos to go viral instantly. The high schools in the vicinity of these schools have adopted a zero tolerance policy expelling students who fight on the school grounds, however this is being used by students as an excuse to take the fight in the streets near the school. On Friday March 27th police arrested an 18-year-old female student who was involved in a scuffle with a 14-year-old girl. The students were seen on video fighting until the 14-year-old student passed out on the ground.
One video shows students running after one girl who is clearly walking away from being pushed off and cursed, however the kids continue to push and to tape the encounter. The student is seen crossing the street and they follow her hoping to incite a fight worthy enough to be uploaded on their social media page. In the video, vehicles can be seen passing like nothing was happening. Police spokesman Ricardo Henson says community police have been monitoring the situation closely. The schools have been in close contact with the community police official.
Henson says patrols have been visible after school hours to curb the situation. He does however feel that the incidents are isolated but still need to be reduced. The police inspector also called on parents to speak with their kids and advise them to think about school rather than being in fighting incidents. The schools have also been doing their part by addressing the student body and parents, giving them warnings as they are made aware of the fights.