Southside schools step up to protest street violence!

by Benjamin E. Flowers

Staff Reporter


Hundreds of primary school children gathered on Central American Boulevard between Faber’s Road and Trinity Street on Monday to protest the rampant violence that has overtaken southside streets.

Students of St. John’s Vianney and Port Loyola Pre-Schools joined with Sister Clara Muhammad Muslim Primary School to form a “human chain,”  symbolic of their desire to protect the city.

Principal Lana Ahmad of the Muslim Community Primary School, told The Reporter the protest was held under the theme, “Taking back our city, reclaiming our streets, empowering our children.”

She explained that the protest was done  to promulgate the message that the community has had enough of crime.

Ahmad said the schools also intend to sponsor more activities, including a tree planting initiative scheduled for sometime in July.

In September, they will do another human chain that will call upon all primary schools of the city to participate.

Some 500 students participated in last Monday’s protest, and members of the community also lent their support. Motorists passing by honked their horns in a show of solidarity.

Ms. Kimberly Ramclam, President of the Belize District Association of Primary School Principals, told The Reporter  she  supports the message the schools are sending and encourages other schools to do the same.

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