Police Force hopes for crime-free school year | THE DAILY HERALD

Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson.

PHILIPSBURG–As the new academic year 2018-2019 begins on Monday, August 13, the Police Force extended words of encouragement to all students, parents/guardians and teachers for the upcoming academic year.

   Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said on Thursday that the 2017-2018 school year had been very challenging for everyone. During this period, a number of serious physical confrontations among students took place which were later uploaded on social media. These confrontations were at times so serious that students had to be treated for their injuries and even hospitalised.

These are criminal offences and the police will not tolerate this type of behaviour. It is unacceptable, and the police will deal with this type of negative behaviour and handle all situations in accordance with the law.

The police look forward to working hand-in-hand with all parents/guardians and teachers to guarantee safety and security for all students, to create an environment of learning and to make sure these incidents do not happen in this new academic year.

“A good beginning makes a big difference. Make sure you begin this academic year with new hopes and positive mindset to make a brighter chapter in your school life full of knowledge and learning.

“We all know that life is full of challenges and challenges are full of opportunities to learn. … Never get scared from challenges and always welcome the chances to learn new things in life in order to grow and prosper.

“May students understand that learning isn’t just an in-class exercise, but that it requires initiative and effort outside the classroom,” stated Henson. “May parents and guardians understand that learning continues at home, and look for ways to assist in, encourage and nurture an atmosphere of both knowledge and wisdom for their student children. May parents and teachers find ways to bridge communication gaps to not only share information but to listen as well.

“Wishing you all the very best in this new academic year.”

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