Kingston College VS St. George’s College- Jamaican schools at war

Jamaica’s schools are perpetually at war, students from Kingston College (KC) and St. George’s College two prominent traditional corporate area schools are now in a full fled war to stab, chop, taunt, beat and kill each other.

A female student is allegedly boxed in the face by a student from St. Georges College after she called him names.

The girl who attends the Alpha high School reported the altercation to her boyfriend who is a student in upper school at Kingston College. The boyfriend confronted the George’s student and administered “eye for an eye” justice by slapping the Georges student who boxed his girlfriend.

Ever since the preceding series of incidents both schools has been engaged in several spates of violent clashes where there has been multiples stabbings and beating. The attacks are predominantly done in Bus Park in downtown Kingston, and of course the just opened transport center in Half-way-tree. Just this week a mob of boys chased and repeatedly stab another schooler in the busy thoroughfare. The Student later died from the multiple stab wounds. I discussed this in my previous post here and must give the Jamaica Observer props for not just running this on their front page, but the editorial that speaks to the heart of the problem.

Returning to the KC, George’s war, a group of KC students reportedly cornered and chopped a student from St George’s College in the head. In retaliation boys from Georges gang up on a KC student and kicked and punched him ruthlessly.

Rumors has been swirling that several schools are making alliances with other schools. Calabar High school has joined alliance with Kingston College (KC) to “war” St. Georges College students. It is also said that the Holy Trinity High school is allegedly at war with students from KC.

The worst part of this whole “war” is that only the innocent are being targeted. Students are now asking teachers to escort them to downtown or Half-way-tree to take bus. Some students are resorting to hiding epaulets and ties to conceal the obvious symbols that identify the schools they attend.

Threats have been made, lines had been drawn and weapons are being stock piled.

So what’s next?. The bigger heads have met in an effort to deal with the problem. I can guess that they will seek to bandage and push this problem away. I love my country and I am very concern about this but I am predicting there will be many other incidents like these and they will eventually include guns.

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~ by RB on April 26, 2008.

13 Responses to “Kingston College VS St. George’s College- Jamaican schools at war”

  1. This is really sad, the violence these children exhibit on each other. It is even scarier to know that such violent persons will be released into society after completing their violent training. Not sure what can be done about this situation, as this is now a criminal matter. As a result the police might just have to get involved with a no tolerance approach. And even that may well not curb this inter-school violence.

  2. sad indeed, although it will only get sadder if we don’t stop it in its infancy.

  3. All this inter-school(Kingston College and St.Georges College) violence is really sickening and sad!But again,why am I not surprised and immensely shocked? High schools in Jamaica can be considered a microcosm of the larger or wider Jamaican society with respect to certain values, attitudes, and beliefs. Therefore, a considerable number of violent behavior,attitude and action, is a consequence of the fact, that in recent decades Jamaican society and its people, especially, from certain social and economic strata have become totally consumed,obsessed and engulfed with violence in its sundry forms, as a means and a modus operandi of resolving various conflicts,issues,problems,illicit,criminal and nefarious activities that/which manifests themeslves daily within the society.Students/children are therefore socialized within this violent social,cultural and institutional(matrix) context by parents,families, communities,the media,the entertainment industry,the constabulary, and at times even by teachers,et al, that violence is an appropriate way or manner to resolve the daily conflicts and stresses of life,as opposed to employing and utilizing proper/appropriate paradigms,modalities and techniques promulgating conflict management and resolution skills.On internalizing the psychology of violence and nihilism,students constantly resort to violence as an integral and core part of their values, attitudes and beliefs in addressing and resolving any conflicts that/which they may encounter within the context of school and other environments.Indeed,for this alarming rate of violence at the intra-or inter-school level to abate or decrease significantly, it definitely requires all the sundry actors or major players,i.e.,the very students,parents,teachers, guidance counselors,school administrators,past student associations,the communities,churches,and the constabulary to unify in concert with regard to a plan and objective of zero-tolerance of intra-and inter school violence, while promulgating and advancing modern paradigms,modalities and techniques in resolving problems,issues,conflicts,stresses,inter alia, via public education,respect for self, respect for others and authority within the context of the respective schools and the immediate communities.Certainly,the proverbial horse has already gone through the proverbial gate with regard to violence in Jamaican high schools.Notwithstanding,subjectively,one is of the perspective that this trend can be reversed before the state of metastasis occurs.Interestingly,as a people and a society, we don have any choice.Consequently, it is extremely critical the aforementioned institutions create a plan of zero-tolerance to exorcise this cancer.

  4. what you said about schools being a reflection of society is so true. Although it was not like this before. It is a new thing with people actually killing each other, sure there are fights but people never died.

    It has to fixed now before its too late thats all I am saying.

    interesting comments by the way.

  5. Oh my goodness my brother attend one of these schools and I am now worried for him and other innnocents. I am a pass student of Alpha Academy and i tell you this is one of the time I am so ‘shame’ fi dat girl attending Alpha. Fi know sey you cause all this…… She should have dealt with situation responsibly. We all know that these two school have been in competiion for qutite a while. Let us stop the war and act as the intelligent few we are. I live in the U.S now and I really grieve on how Jamaican children are being used and distroyed! Let us stop this dreadful situation. Love M.

  6. I’m totally in shock of this embarrassing episode of real school boy immaturity. The reputations of these two iconic schools, in their history of inter-relations; should be enough stimulus to prevent such barbaric actions from rearing it’s ugly head. And what should we ask and expect of the administrations of both schools, along the lines of disciplinary civility? Should their responsive actions be swift, aggressive, astute, deliberate, firm and determined to resolve this horrendous nightmare that these devilish kids are staging? I would say all of the above! We should get more, from the heads of these two great schools, in the arbitrament of absolute discipline to curb these adolescent urchins.
    In 1925, Reverend Percival Gibson, a past student of St. George’s College went on to found Kingston College. Inspired by St. Augustine’s book “The City Of God”, he developed a goal of working for the City of God, in the training of young men of character, to lift up the morals and lifestyle of the City of Kingston. He went on to become the Lord Bishop of Jamaica in 1955. On that history alone, both of those schools, should clean up their act, to preserve and reinstall sanity to it’s reverent place. Myself, a past student of St. George’s in the 1960s, during my tenor, even a much lesser scale or the thought of this circus of horrors, was unthinkable. We had mutual respect and a bond of sportsmanship, that lasted for decades. Our “Battle of North Street” was anxiously awaited, meted and settled annually on the soccer field with respectful and correlative excitement, regardless of the results. We were a league of young gentlemen, and that is how it should always be, to the infinite future. STOP THE MADNESS, ONCE AND FOR ALL. NO WONDER JAMAICANS ARE SO VIOLENT; BECAUSE WE ARE PROCESSING THEM IN OUR SCHOOLS!

  7. Well said Earl, very, so true

  8. Thanks RB, I’ve spoken, because the high standard has been broken. The supposed irony, is that Alpha Academy’s social image, has always been St. George’s sister school, proximity not withstanding! In my day, we would KILL, for ANY Alpha girl; they were almost always exclusively ours. Kingston College and St. George’s are two schools that had always produced certified leaders. Witness, St. George’s alumnus, Jamaican born Prime Minister Bruce Golding, among others. This current crop of contemptuous embarrassments, positions us dangerously square for the bleak advent of a vanguard of board certified gang leaders, towards our immediate future, instead. Times certainly has changed, where new precedence, has been set; and not necessarily for the better. God help us!

  9. Yes, Mr. Panton, God help us !!

  10. well i am a georgiean myself and let me tell u i dont like these things.as a first former i seperate myself from the bad company and just try to get along

  11. Fortis forever
    Hopeton Ellis

  12. I attend k.c and im forever wid k.c

  13. well me nuh ave ntn fi seh cuz dem mus know weh dem a do mi nuh see the reason fi all them crap yah dem need fi handle di situation man to man or should I say school to school cuz dem a kill people innocent children

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