Thursday, 19 September 2013

BRIGHT BOY KICKED OUT OF CLASS FOR NOT COVERING HAIR

NO, NO, NO, NO! NOT MR SEON! PLEASE TELL ME MR SEON IS NOT PART OF THE STUPIDITY AND SENSELESSNESS OF THE STATUS QUO!

by Old Samarian (Hanging His Head In Shame)


There was a time when poor boys had zero chance of attending St Mary's College. I know. My grandfather placed top five in the Eleven Plus exams in 1938, but he had to come back to school the next year as a teacher's assistant because a fisherman's son couldn't afford the prestigious, classist college.

But those days are over, aren't they?

Even Ras Tafarians have attended St Mary's College, no? SMC is a bastion of advancement, progressive thinking and rewarded for excellent substance over convention and style, isn't it? Especially under the intelligent and thoughtful Mr Rowan Seon who is propelling the school out of its backward ways into the 21st century.

Prinipal Seon says this little Neg Marron can't go to class at St Mary's College unless he conforms to the System, bends to the shape that Society wants him to and submits to Authority in every single way. Seon doesn't care if you're bright or well behaved. What matters right now is that Neg must chop down and be a good likkle Baldhead if he wants to be a College Boy. Principal Seon used to be so cool.  What happened to that guy?
 
 
So what  is this bright little black boy who scored over 93% on the Common Entrance Exam, ranked 23rd in the island overall and has no behavioural problems doing sitting on the bench outside the Principal's office, prevented from going to class as though he was a terrorist or a health risk to all the other children?

As unbelievable as it sounds, the enlightened Principal Mr Rowan Seon, he who has lashed out at the status quo and general stupidity in some of the greatest calypsos in St Lucia, is the one responsible. It is his opinion that the bright little black boy who just passed for SMC should not be allowed to go to class until he obeys one of SMC's most archaic and senseless rules.

The little Neg Marron soldiers on, studying the few notes that he has, trying to get homework assignments from others and trying to keep up, even though his Principal and teachers are at war with him and are denying him his Right to An Education, as set down in the Universal Rights of The Child. Because the fight for freedom is never over and the Adversary comes in forms that the Strugglers never expect.
 
Basically, Seon has ruled that the boy cannot go to class until he has covered his plaits. Days are turning into weeks. Seon does not alleviate the suffering. He is ruthless and merciless. He cannot see what it is cruel and wrong with what he is doing. He cannot see the thousand other ways to achieve his objective. He has the power. And he is using it to keep the boy out of class.

Apparently, Seon believes that if he allows this rebellious, reticent, long haired boy, who never did anything wrong at the school, to enter the classroom, then chaos will prevail. No lie fellas. Our Mr Seon actually said that to me. Long hair in the classroom will lead to chaos. CHAOS. That was his word.

Mr Seon, in spite of being known as a highly intelligent person, is acting as though his ass was so close to the back of his head that it was making him do shit with himself and the reputation of the entire school.

Imagine, a student at St Mary's College prevented from going to class for long hair, when Jesus' hair was way longer than that. Perhaps Mr Seon should force Jesus to cut his hair to, before allowing the good College boys to pray to him?
 
 
The boy's mother, unable to comprehend how a school that survives on public funding can possibly have any say in how her bright little boy wears his hair has refused to submit to the reason-less stupidity. In court, it is a no brainer that any institution accepting public funds will not be able to get away with unconstitutional bullshit by claiming any special private or non-governmental status. Unfortunately, things have gotten to the point where lawyers must get involved and Mr Seon still can't see the sense of letting the boy go to class until such time as the issue is resolved.

Mr Seon also can't see that when he loses this case on unconstitutionality, he will have opened the flood gates, instead of letting one eccentric little borderline genius to have his plaits as though it was no big deal. By resisting the simple, inevitable change, HE is falling into the trap of the being the agent of Chaos.

With the statue of the Virgin Mary standing outside the school. Seon can't see that Jesus himself had long hair. He can't ask himself, "What would Jesus do in this situation?"

And to make things absolutely worse, he couldn't answer the question, "What is the beneficial purpose of the rule that says College Boys must cover their hair?" The best he could come up with is that "The rules are the rules and must be obeyed." Yeah, like the rules that said slaves shouldn't run away from the plantations and that black people should use a different toilet and that women shouldn't get certain jobs, right? Remember those, Mr Seon?

In fact, the rules do not say anything about cutting or covering hair or  the length that hair should be cut to. They say that hair must be properly groomed. The boy's hair is meticulously clean and not a hair was out of place on his head.

So why are you making such an unnecessarily big deal out of this, Sir? Why are you making our beloved SMC look like the last bastion of British colonialistic bullshit? Why are you making this kid suffer, when he is just a symptom of the changing times?

He's a bright kid. The rule is stupid and your interpretation of the rule is regressive. And you can be the bigger person here. Please. Be the bigger man here. I don't want to have to write these stories about my alma mater. I don't want to have to treat my teachers the way I treat politicians.

I beg you.

Look at his  eyes. This is not a boy who will be beaten. He's to bright. In the long run, he will win the game of life. And all this bullshit will just be one of the obstacles in life that made him stronger. Is that how you want to be remembered Mr Seon? After all you have achieved, do you want to be remembered only as the bad guy in this guy's success story? Because make no mistake, HE IS THE HERO HERE. And he will win. Look at his eyes. He can't be broken. His ancestor broke that whip 160 years ago.

81 comments:

  1. Well I remember guys being suspended and expelled for having long hair in my days. The afro was especially offensive.
    It appears that many are yet to learn. Your hair length does not impede your worth to society. We have many examples.

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    1. You would think that a progressive luddite like Rohan Seon would know better.

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  2. What a fucking dumbass... an intelligent man...yeah right. That's why most of the brilliant minds on the island are smothered until their light is taken away. Once again fuck that dumbass and this is from a real scholar.

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    1. I want to say that he is acting like a dumb ass and not forever relegate him to Dumbass-hood, because he has acted intelligently in the past. It's like he just has a virus or something that we need to treat somehow.

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  3. I wounder what the Ministry of Education has to say about this?

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    1. Apparently, they're taking the Chickenshit route out of this mess. You would swear it's the Ministry of Dodgeball, the way they're acting....

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  4. The school has rules for a reason. Why not argue next that the color of your shirt doesn't affect learning, so Samarians should wear pink shirts instead of white....or white shoes instead of black? And for all you other scholars here, try going to work with an ice-green and gold shirt tomorrow, and see what happens.

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    1. Thats a non issue, ones's hair is apart of one's person... the same does not apply to the uniform.. its the schools dress code.. and apparently the code only says hair must be well groomed... The saddest part of this story is that The same fixed mindset that got the youth kickedout, is prevent us from growing as a nation!.....

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    2. The school rules clearly state that hair must be neatly cut and groomed.......a document that all parents sign. My question is when you teach children that they must only follow the rules that are convenient to them and discard the other what are we really doing. So he can adhere to the dress code but not the hygiene code? When I went to St. Mary's College there was only one person who had hair and it was for religious reasons, and he had no problem wearing a cover. I ask you the rebellion you wish to teach today's kids, what happens a little later when they turn that rebellious nature on you, on their employers. Its sad that you think you doing him a favor by doing this.

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    3. Thank you for some measure of sanity. They really don't see the bigger picture do they.

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    4. The school's rules say nothing about cutting. That would be unconstitutional. Seon is interpreting the grooming rule as though it was still 1833.

      As for hygiene, if long hair was a hygiene issue, all Convent girls and female teachers would have to be bald or covered.

      Start making sense, Negroes.

      This is not about religion, this is about the freedom to stay in your damned section and stop playing God with other people.

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    5. The school is not a restaurant, we can understand the rules for covering an employee hair at a restaurant it's an hygiene issue, and it applies to all employees, we had that issue here in Barbados with a front office employee at one of our hotels wearing long extensions plaits, she took them to court and won...the only thing in life that is constant is change..get with it Kurt your reason of comparison is flawed

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    6. Anthony, some people are seeing this logically and all reaching the same logical conclusion. Other people are reacting emotional. Somebody is moving their cheese....poor little mice...

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  5. Jason like I suggested in another post, perhaps, had you done the responsible thing and perused the Education Act (1999) you would have adopted a more informed posture in your article and would not have misled your readers.

    As an "Old Samarian" you ought not to have misrepresented your alma mater in such a manner. Your vile criticism of the Principal's actions has only served to highlight your understanding (lack thereof) of the legislation regulating education in this country.

    Furthermore, given the report on the Evening News of 19Sept2013, it is left to be seen whether the parent's actions contravenes the Education Act and/or constitutes any subtle form of child abuse.

    On the one hand physical neglect -a denial of access to education (non-compliance of the School Rules); on the other hand, emotional neglect -a lack of supervision (failing to set the proper example) and protection (from exposure to peer and public ridicule).

    BTW, the name of the SMC Principal is Mr Rowan Seon, not Rohan which in this particular post, happens to be synonymous with stupidity and ignorance.

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    1. Neither the Education Act nor the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Children can tolerate depriving the child of his education.

      Did you read that in your researches?

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    2. Absolutely...

      That's why in concert with his mother's reckless and defiant posture, your ill-informed article has done a great injustice to this innocent boy by bringing him into disrepute and making a public spectacle of him.

      Until such time that media in this country remains unregulated, we can expect more persons to use avenues such as this to get away with contravening the Education Act and violating the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child.

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    3. Oh great idea. Let's not just put each other's hands in each other's hair, let's also give government power over the media. You're a real genius over there. A real student of history, politics and civil society.

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  6. What is mind boggling though is that I know of a particular boy who recently graduated from SMC. His hair is longer than mine...and I do not have short hair... but what is different? This child is fair skinned, practically a lil shabin with his gold hair and his father may be well known... Need I say more?

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  7. I LIKE THIS, finally we are addressing the real situation, Shanya Evans you may have hit the nail on the head. The poor boy's hair is neat and well combed. Thank God all st lucians are black else I would cry racisim, elitism some ism. We all know half white long hair and neg long hair, are two different things. St Lucia your color bias is showing and not in a subtle way.

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  8. You guys make me laugh. So let the kids do what they please...its not about how your presently feel about whatever rule....its a fact that the rule was there before this "child" entered the education institution as a samarian. I agree that the rule itself may be long out-dated...but the point is...its a rule and should be obeyed. if not...what happens to the next hundred rules that we just don't feel make sense??

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    1. slavery was a rule ... why was it abolished? I think all people of color understand why.... Bro, The same FIXED mindset that got the youth kickedout, is prevent us from GROWING as a nation!

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    3. The niggas trying and play dumb. Trying to act like some 21st century version of some old KKK shit. And yet, every single image of their Jesus pictures him with long hair.

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  9. Noone says the boy has to cut his hair. The principal simply requests that if it is to be grown it be covered.

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    1. If the long hairs must cover their heads, so must the short hairs. All just rules are THE SAME FOR EVERYONE.

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  10. The man is modifying his story to take the spotlight off himself. As for covering the boy's hair, I agree - let's only go halfway into the future. That sounds like a great plan.

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  11. Jason, there is so much to discuss, debate, and learn from this...all good for our society and its growth. Social media has given an avenue to those without a voice, but I am dishearten by the quality of conversation, discord, debate, etc. that carry the day. Always good to read a post(s) that presents a view without being degrading.

    As this debate rages on, a young and impressionable mind is caught in the middle. Whatever the eventual outcome, it will forever have an effect on this young man, his peers, generations to come and the tradition of this storied institution. My hope is that we get it right. All the more reason that we don’t let the related discussions and our resulting actions not seek to protect the future well-being of the youth. Their success and failure has always been and will always continue to be the legacy of the generation that came before. Therefore the decisions we make on their behalf, must be sound and with great caution.

    I would like to say to the mother of this young man, accept the proposed resolution and allow your son to return to school. And may you and others so inclined continue to make your case for change in a manner that will not have an adverse impression on our youth.

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    1. I will make my case for change in the manner I CHOOSE.

      And I choose to burn down the goddam plantation.

      If you choose to go to parliament with Wilberforce, I respect that very highly. But you can't diminish the importance of my plantation burning, because I have Spartacus, Toussaint and Soujourner Truth on my side.

      Oh and some guy called Jesus, maybe you heard of him....

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  12. It is 5:00 in the morning as I am responding to this... obviously only responding to what I have read without knowing all the facts. Hair, is something which has really intrigued me in terms of how our boys desire to wear it but also in terms of how we, the general pubic, have so many different perceptions about different hair styles. As a mother, who have gone through this hair growing stage with 3 boys, in Canada, I think that perhaps too much is made of it... while there are rules, there are also children/people who have an affinity with wanting to be "out of the box".

    At 13, Ohri, my first son and I had a huge discussion about wanting to grow his hair. I took him to the barber to CUT his hair but while he was there, everyone in the barber shop said to me " Oh, just let the kid grow his hair! He will get over it." Ohri was determined to grow his afro and when I thought more about it , we made an arrangement - that he could do ONLY one of those "off" kind of trends. Grow the hair, keep it clean BUT no tattoos, no ear rings, no nose rings, no other things on his body. ONLY hair - I figured out that hair could be cut.

    Well, it did not take long after he started with his afro that my second son decided to follow the same trend and now I had two teenagers at home with "a lot of hair!" Jelan, my 2nd son was known as the "Afro" man in Ottawa - the hair was WILD and no matter what I did as a parent, could not convince them to cut. Going out with him was a nightmare as everyone wanted to get photos with him. However, we had ongoing conversations about their hair and part of it was about their identify and finding themselves. Not much later, my nephew Chauncy Boulogne joined us in Canada for University education and he started growing hair as well. Now, 3 boys in the household with long hair.

    At first, as a parent and educator, I thought I had let my whole country down in some ways as I know that if I lived in St.Lucia, perhaps this would not have been tolerated... and there were days I felt people looked at me funny and then there were other people who admired the boys with their long hair. It took me a long time to console myself that his hair journey that they are on, is THEIR journey - NOT mine. As a parent, I want them to be their best and to feel their best and somehow this hair thing seem to do something for them. Anyway, when Ohri Maxwell completed High School, he decided to cut his hair and get into College clean cut; Jelan cut his during his last year of High School (told me that he did not need hair for identity any more) and is now in College and Chauncy cut his after he completed University. True to Ohri and Jelan's word, they did not add any tattoos or rings to their body. The boys went through this stage of growing up and to be quite honest, I am glad that they had that experience in establishing their own identities.

    About a year ago, I had conversations with two grown men about 45 years old who both had long hair. They both told me they grow their hair to fulfil their dreams when they were teenagers and how much they longed for long hair.

    The point of writing all this is to really ask the questions "Are we making more of it than we should?" " What does growing hair mean for this young boy and his own soul and individuality?" "What does it mean for this mom/ family?" "In the next few years, how much will it matter?" "Is the hair clean? Does it pose a threat to others?" At the end of it all, it is only hair... let us focus on bringing out the brightness in this young man instead. There are more important things in life to focus on than to give this lad hell about his hair.

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    1. Thank you for that. A truly relevant story. Sometimes, the kids are just going through a phase. Sometimes, it leads to something more, like a spiritual commitment. Whatever it is, I think you were brave to let them have their journey, in spite of your misgivings.

      I admire that. That's the kind of parent I want to be when my Noah rebels against me and decides he wants to be a shaven faced little bald head. Lol.

      We have to stop robbing these kids of themselves and taming them so the world can exploit them better.

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    2. Thank you, Recently I grew an afro and a mustache that put Simon Boliva to shame. I'm, to put it lightly, not a "spring chicken" anymore and my profession as a nurse may have well demanded that I get rid of the mustache and cut the hair short. Despite many pleas by family and coworkers I decided to keep my hair as it was (after all how many men my age can still grow an afro?) until I decided that "I" wanted to cut it off. I am a former SMC student, served as a Prefect, and is a staunch deciplinarian but there are some things that I think belong to the person. One's hair is one of those things

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  13. Mr. Seon is not asking the young man to cut his plaits but at least cover them up as the school's rules and regulations state. The mother also signed agreeing to those rules and regualations plus her own hair is well cut and groomed so why all the unnecessary chaos? Whether we like it or not, the school's rules state that his hair should be covered to enter the classroom, he is willing to cover his hair to continue his studies, cover the poor child's head and let him continue on with his life OR transfer him to a school who will allow him to do as his mother pleases.

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    1. According to your logic, all the lawyers who screwed people out of their land were right because 'they signed the contract.'

      According to your logic, growing long hair leads to unnecessary chaos.

      But if we just obeyed all the rules, we'd still be slaves. And if long hair led to Chaos, Christianity would have destroyed the human race instead of saving it from itself BECAUSE JESUS WAS A LONG HAIR.

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  15. SHAME ON YOU FOR WRITING THIS ARTICLE IN THE WAY YOU DID !
    Have you taken a good look at the world lately ? If we don't stand for something ,we fall for everything . In life there are rules and you MUST abide . I thought any parent would be happy to instill that to their children . The courts have rules ,jobs , teams . A standard has to be set or else will SMC just become another failed statistic . What you are doing is wrong to be little this principal . He has a job to do , a hard one I can imagine and for you to publicly do this it's a SHAME . Children need discipline , they need STRUCTURE . I am sure you can't go to the nuns and say its your freedom to wear hair out .. so don't follow their rules !! This is absurd and you are setting no example for the youth .They need strong leaders !! Especially Boys ! Do you not see what is happening outside . Mr . Seon hold on , the devil is a Liar . You will be in my prayers .As a mother I appreciate the hard work that you do in order to keep order ,peace and discipline . What you are saying here is LIES , they asked that he covers his head . Simple .. everyone wants to be above the law !! I say throw the mother in jail for impeding her son from not being able to go to class ! Ridiculous !!

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    1. Leadership has relied on us to be good little followers for too long.

      They have abused their powers and taken us for granted. We must not mollycoddle stupidity. We must ridicule the ridiculous in order that our leaders learn to remain the great men and women that they are and NEVER, EVER deviate into the foolishness that egotism always tempts them to.

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  16. I feel sorry for this young man but rules are rules! I'm sure the mother, as a teacher, knew the rule so why change it for her? I hope she lets her students do as they please...smh

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    1. Rules are rules is THE DUMBEST LINE OF LOGIC EVER.

      If courageous slaves didn't break the rules, you would still be on the plantation today.

      If courageous women didn't kick their rules in their ass, you would still not be allowed to eat and talk at the same table as men.

      Stupid rules MUST be broken at EVERY opportunity.

      A Black Woman should never find herself on the side that is against more liberty. Her ancestors shed too much blood....

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  17. I never knew Jason Sifflet to display such cynicism. That, at the end of the day, is all this article is. Nothing objective and unbiased, just spurring a bunch of half truths. He may be interested to know that in England, black people have more liberty than white people when it comes to hairstyles, ESPECIALLY in the army, very much the opposite to what is going on in St Lucia. So while he patronises and degrades Seon, exposing his own ignorance, he fails to realise there are more to these social issues than his own condescending opinion. I'm just saying. To top it off, Sifflet is way more professional than this article and its impertinent language and distasteful manner make him out to be, and I hope he doesn't ruin his reputation.

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    1. Are you kidding me?

      Cynicism is my forte. Maybe you've been reading me wrong. But cynicism is pretty much all I do. Didn't think I needed to explain that.

      As for ridiculing the ridiculous, I did not invent Mr Seon's current situation, he did. If he didn't want to be ridiculed, he should not have been ridiculous. He should have acted like the highly intelligent, magnanimous person I know he is deep down.

      In the meantime, the ridiculous shall be ridiculed. It is only right and moral. No partial, just because it's my alma mater and I have a special personal bias toward him.

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    2. No one admits to cynicism. If you do, you're basically admitting that you're not talking truth, but you're just a bitter, negative and sad little man who is trying to show people that he is Anit-Establishment and has his own agenda of trying to be a little radical. So if you admit that, I guess the issue is with yourself and we can all ignore what you said about Seon and the status quo because you probably don't believe it, and you're just mad at the world so you are willing to twist your recount of the state of affairs to reflect your melancholy.
      <><><> On the other hand, if this 'article' was suppose to be a display of your skills, an exercise in intellect and a thorough lesson on how to bring your point across using sarcasm, well then I suppose you'll say that you're entitled to your opinion. In that case, we might agree that your scathing attack on Seon opens you up to criticism too. After all, "the ridiculous shall be ridiculed. It is only right and moral." The irony is that in trying so hard to defame one person to make yourself look good, you actually malign your own reputation by painting yourself as being a half-wit who just wants to scream and shout, no more intelligent than monkeys in the zoo who throw poop because they believe they should be on the outside with us, and here is why I say this;
      1. you FAIL to take into account wider social issues that are clearly relevant in this debate and pretend they don't exist
      2. you assume that you are right and you are "forward thinking" but you fail to make an objective case, you just more or less state a bland opinion.
      3. your article is basically ad hominem, attacking the person rather than just the principle, because again, you don't have enough to justify your position, or state WHY theirs is unreasonable or truly absurd.
      4. your conclusion is non-sequitor, and does not really follow from your simple and shallow attempt at reasoning.
      5. Your reference to slavery is what they call a Weak Analogy as you fail to show how the two situations are actually analogous rather than just a loose statement. i.e. Thou shall not kill is a social norm, so should we just mindlessly follow that too?
      6. etc...I can go on.

      In conclusion, we all support your premise of burning down the plantation Mr. Bongoman, but we are also weary of people like you and countless radical black people in America and elsewhere and their persecution complexes, who just make black people look like they should have kept us in cages cause we just like to cry wolf for the sake of it.

      What say you?

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    3. All I need to say is this:

      Every single comment posted by a reader is published WITHOUT editing or waiting for administration. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

      No other media outlet IN THE CARIBBEAN gives its readers such equals power to its publisher.

      So what were you saying about opening oneself to scathing criticism?

      The FLOGG is the most free media outlet in either the traditional or the new social media. Even facebook can ban you or take down your post. At The FLOGG, no such thing is thinkable, much less possible. I hit hard and I can take it like I give it.

      Everyone who can't handle the heat of freedom, get out of the goddam kitchen.

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    4. Makes sense when you put it like that. I suppose everyone sees you as a responsible journalist so this Blog is taken out of context. People naturally expect more of you, in other words. Nonetheless, if what you're saying is that this is just a free-for-all, then I take your point.

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  18. What those of you who argue that Seon is wrong fail to realize is that the child's hair can grow back if he cuts it now and what ever his beliefs that make him want to keep it as it is, apparently outweigh his own education to him. I grew my hair and put corn rows once upon a time and it bright my mom to tears, literally. So I zoos proud good about a week explaining to her that my hair doesn't make me who I am. But I cut it after that. gay forward to now and I keep my head as close to bald as possible because that is my current preference and I believe it keeps me out of site for those who waiting on the next guy who " fits the profile". But bottom line is while Seon may seem out of hand... what really mute important. the child's youthful preference and not yet concrete easy r of thinking or his education? Just think about it. the same thing will likely happen to him again for one reason or another. it's up to him to align his priorities and up to his mother to help him do so until then.

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    1. How would it have been if our ancestors negotiated with slave owners who owned their entire bodies?

      How would it have been if they backed down instead of shedding blood?

      Having power over another man's mind or physical person is the first step in tyranny. It is not little thing. It is not worth the compromise.

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  19. I live in Florida within 300 yards of an older golf club. Their uniform calls for white, black or oxblood shoes. Heck! Hardly anyone wears oxblood shoes anymore. Let's say I signed their enrollment form stating to abide by club rules. Imagine day one, I show up in a cherry red pair of shoes. Just imagine they refuse my entry. In typical St. Lucian fashion I would state, "Duh! the color shoes does not affect the quality of my game." It is a valid point except that I have managed to miss a greater point. The club has chosen its standards. It has not violated my civil rights or crap like that. If I want to wear a red pair of shoes then I would have to find another club. What is perplexing about that? Evidently, this is a real difficult concept not far away. I tell you what, I am going to the club tomorrow and force myself in. Remember my ancestors were kept out because of... er...er..slavery. That's it!!

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    1. You're comparing the right to an education to a golf club?

      Dread, I'm not even dignifying this bullshit.

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    2. What gross stupidity! If one substitutes Nova Prep School for golf club the essence remains the same. A person entered into a contract and does not live up to its terms. Go figure that little one out. You are full of it…time to change your diaper.

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    3. Bullshit. Golf clubs and shoes? Nigga, please....

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    4. Michael, a private golf club and a public school? Now, thats what I call crooked thinking

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  20. sigh typical lucians smh -_-
    mr seon read the school rules which indicated that you are not to have your hair very big and what not so if they mother had a prob in the first place she should learn to read the damn rules and abide by them.
    and another thing is he did not demand that he "cut" his hair, as far as i know he said to "cover it".
    rules are set in place to shape and form an individual to better them and a way of teaching them to respect authority and its rules.
    seon is in the right, there are rules to be followed and enforced.

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    1. 200 years ago the rules said niggers like you should shut the fuck up.

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    2. I didn't mean you should shut the fuck up. I was waiting for a reply.

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  21. Jason !! Are you serious ? You compare an institution with rules and regulations to slavery ? YES students begin to not listen because the educational system has keep you locked up to long .How ridiculous do you sound ? When this child grows older let him try to explain that to a judge when he breaks the law !! In life there are laws you know if you didn't know !Going to court there are rules , going to the white house there are rules ... When you get a Job there are RULES , some pertaining to your hair !! .. How dumb do you sound ?
    The child wants to cover his hair so tell why is that not enough for you guys . Shame that this woman is a teacher , she should be fired ! She sets no example to her students and more so her own child . You're teaching him well guys ! What the child is feeling is embarrassment that you guys keep putting him through . He wants to cover his hair and return to class , stop the foolishness and stop using this as a personal pedestal for your ego . If you have a personal issue with the principal ,handle it and leave this child out of it . You're such an exploiter ! Stop using this innocent child for your own personal agenda !! SHAME ! SHAME ! that it's grown people behaving this way ! Makes me sick to my stomach !! To the mother : Please stop ruining this child's life . Did you ever ask yourself how is he feeling ? Embarrassed , frustrated ,maybe wishing you stop the foolery at the cost of his education . He wants to please you and wants to do what is right . You should be ashamed of yourself for putting your child through this .. I am not sure if this is even about saving his hair , you just want to be above the law !! Buy him a hat and let him wear it BECAUSE he wants too and he even wants to CUT his hair !!! You are an abuser lady and I hope this child does not end up hating you !!! Do the right thing and STOP the foolery !!!

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    1. Give them an inch, they take a mile.

      No inches for them. Not even millimeters. Stupidity will be slapped and treated with great indignity.

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    2. Andrea, I couldn't agree with you more...

      Given all the information we now know, the actions on the part of this boy's mother can only amount to child abuse under Section 5 of the Children and Young Persons Act.

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    3. Oh please. He gets to violate the Universal Rights of the Child, the Constitution of St Lucia and the Education Act and she gets charged with child abuse?

      Even the ass of a law works better than that.

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  22. Sorry if I may say something out of context, but I got tired of reading the Ignorant comments. I strongly agree with Kurt Prospere. No wonder our society is in the awful situation it is. He was given a choice to cover it up, why not just do that? If this kid showed up at my door with his hair like that to take my daughter out on a date, I don't care if he had a Nobel prize, he would not see her. We need to see the bigger picture, it's not about the length of hair, it's about the motive behind then hairstyle and the lack of co-operation to school rules. So for all you guys who are anti socialists, lead by example, go up to the hills, cancel your FB and social media accounts. Or are you just trying to be part of something you don't even understand.

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    1. It is not another person's choice what a black man does with his hair.

      He is a minor and so his mother has supreme jurisdiction.

      The school should focus on education and not on domesticating and homogenizing bright young individualistic Negroes.

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    2. And what's so wrong with a heated conversation in the Lucian vernacular and 21st century slang? Does it make us any less smart because we argue hotly and fearlessly?

      Maybe it's time for you to get back to the country club for tea, bro.

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  24. We agree that modern society depends on rules for structure..order...to prevent the proverbial shit from hitting the fan on a daily basis...and as archaic and none sensical as some rules are...there are better ways to address them and possibly effect change. ways that do not promote personal harm, loss or endanger our youth. This child s education should b the focal point here...the adults surely can come to a compromise that suits the needs of both parties. The principal has a mandate that he must follow...parents have a moral obligation to teach our children respect for authority and compliance to the guidelines set in place for their personal betterment and the overall image and performance of the academic institution...if in truth the child agrees to cover his hair in order to be allowed back into classes momz let the kid cover his hair and if u choose to. further persue ur case do soon ur own time and expense and not that of ur sons'...#teamsmartkidswhomakebetterdecisionsthamusgrownups..

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    1. Hi Cypriana! Long time ay? ... shame! they erased your comment! lol

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    2. Nobody has the power to erase any comment on The FLOGG except the person making the comment.

      I promise you that you could make the most inaccurate, libelous, slanderous comment, I will leave it there and then crucify you to your own stupidity before I EVER curtail your freedom of speech.

      I may not agree with your opinion, but I will literally take a bullet (or a lawsuit) to defend your right to express it.

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  26. No one admits to cynicism. If you do, you're basically admitting that you're not talking truth, but you're just a bitter, negative and sad little man who is trying to show people that he is Anit-Establishment and has his own agenda of trying to be a little radical. So if you admit that, I guess the issue is with yourself and we can all ignore what you said about Seon and the status quo because you probably don't believe it, and you're just mad at the world so you are willing to twist your recount of the state of affairs to reflect your melancholy.
    <><><> On the other hand, if this 'article' was suppose to be a display of your skills, an exercise in intellect and a thorough lesson on how to bring your point across using sarcasm, well then I suppose you'll say that you're entitled to your opinion. In that case, we might agree that your scathing attack on Seon opens you up to criticism too. After all, "the ridiculous shall be ridiculed. It is only right and moral." The irony is that in trying so hard to defame one person to make yourself look good, you actually malign your own reputation by painting yourself as being a half-wit who just wants to scream and shout, no more intelligent than monkeys in the zoo who throw poop because they believe they should be on the outside with us, and here is why I say this;
    1. you FAIL to take into account wider social issues that are clearly relevant in this debate and pretend they don't exist
    2. you assume that you are right and you are "forward thinking" but you fail to make an objective case, you just more or less state a bland opinion.
    3. your article is basically ad hominem, attacking the person rather than just the principle, because again, you don't have enough to justify your position, or state WHY theirs is unreasonable or truly absurd.
    4. your conclusion is non-sequitor, and does not really follow from your simple and shallow attempt at reasoning.
    5. Your reference to slavery is what they call a Weak Analogy as you fail to show how the two situations are actually analogous rather than just a loose statement. i.e. Thou shall not kill is a social norm, so should we just mindlessly follow that too?
    6. etc...I can go on.

    In conclusion, we all support your premise of burning down the plantation Mr. Bongoman, but we are also weary of people like you and countless radical black people in America and elsewhere and their persecution complexes, who just make black people look like they should have kept us in cages cause we just like to cry wolf for the sake of it.

    What say you?

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  27. Andrea did you speak to the child?

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  28. Hey while we are at it let all the kids "Break the rules', just so that all these bright kids can be individuals at school... Let them all move away from the uniform, hair styles, time for classes. Let them address their teachers in whatever manner they please. Lets call it "Standing for our rights!!!"

    Yes we all have rights don't we? Hell, why have a uniform?? The kids would not need a uniform or rules by the time they all start showing their individualism. Everyone will wear what they want and do what they want!!! Cool!!! Isn't it?

    Hmm...Sounds a bit like CHAOS to me? But what do I know.

    When being trained as a teacher you are told to minimise distractions in the classroom. Hence why the kids have uniforms (no one paying attention to what outfits are being worn as opposed to what is being presented in class). Teachers are supposed to be dressed in colours and clothing that is not distracting. Even in the most successful institutions in St. Lucia, staff have to conform to rules which addresses what clothing and hair styles they wear.

    Welcome to the real world, Jason.

    Why did SJC do so well when Sr. Claire was the principal? Could it have been the discipline she enforced at SJC and the rules we all had to obey while on the premises? It kept us focused as much as possible on the task at hand, learning. Individualism was for performing plays, athletic meets and for anything that benefited the child's development. I don't see how this boy's hair style can help his development in anyway.

    Rules are there for a reason if not followed there will be Chaos. As adults why don't we just drive on whatever side of the road we feel like. When going to a show why don't we all rush in at the same time, instead of forming a line? Oh we do that already. But there is no chaos when this happens right?) Why we all open our shops at any time of day and each school have their own school hours?

    Even computers have rules (protocols). If there were no protocols
    there would be no internet and you would not be able to write this blog. There
    would be CHAOS and systems will not be able to communicate to create the networks that make up the internet.

    Rules are there for a reason. If the rules don't make sense then let's work on getting the school to change the rules. But there will always be boundaries and guidelines on what hair styles and clothing are appropriate; if you want to attend the school you need to abide by the rules. If not find a school that fits your child's whims and fancies. (Although I suspect this is not really the boy's fight as much as the mother using her son for her own purposes. I can't see a mother doing such nonsense with her child for such a ridiculous reason.)

    My other concern is that this mother is a teacher and she is putting her child through this, to prove what important life changing point? I hope it is worth the backlash on her child and herself. As a parent i would not want her as my child's teacher, as she is not teaching her students to follow rules or to be disciplined.

    As a teacher she should know better. For years principals and teachers have had to deal with an increasing number of parents who "give their child right" when the children do wrong and this has made discipline at the schools deteriorate, making it more and more difficult to teach effectively in the schools. Yet this teacher is doing exactly the same thing. It makes one wonder.

    With the situation in which this country is in and with the increasing indisciplined and self centered population (one of the major reasons why we have so much crime), this teacher/mother is just encouraging indiscipline. Having her child break the rules for a "Hairstyle"????!!!???


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    1. You're conflating issues that have been dealt with ad naseum.

      Uniforms are not and NEVER HAVE BEEN about discipline or chaos blahblahblah. Uniforms, in the modern era of St Lucian education are about equalizing the rich and poor.

      You're conflating the issues on purpose to confuse actual reason and logic and for that, I thank you. There's nothing like evidence to the stupidity of an argument to kill the argument itself.

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  29. Contd. If she wants her son to be an activist, why does she not get her son to stand up for something more worth while, like refusing to go to class until the authorities ensure that there is no guns or drugs at school. Organize a rally to encourage our population to start standing up against gangs and criminals of all levels of society, or something else worth this boy's intelligence, reputation and time lost from attending classes. Teach him something more productive and meaningful.

    This protest is really ridiculous!! Come on people.

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    1. Black people forgetting how hard the ancestors fought for the little that we have and taking the same redneck positions that racists used to justify the inequalities of the past.

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  30. By the way, I appreciate every single comment made on this post.

    I appreciate the passion, the honesty, the courage and even the bullshit stupidity.

    I encourage all those who are frustrated with my unrelentingly liberal position on the issue, NOT TO TURN AWAY, but to fashion more accurate and effectual intellectual weapons against the position I and all my liberal, right-thinking, reasonable friend have stake out.

    Don't just back down. That's even worse than taking up a retarded, antiquated, egotistical position in the first place. Fight for what you think is right.

    And please, do it here. The FLOGG is the right place to give it all you've got and HOLD NOTHING BACK.

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    1. Well I thought I did but you never rebutted my accusations that your reasoning was not reasoning at all, but just fanatical bullshit exposing your own deluded concerns. How do you refute the points I proposed that show that your reasoning is false and that what you saying makes less sense than Joey who used to preach in Constitution Park?

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  31. I currently attend the school and my view on this is that the school has rules! You simply follow the rules. If they request that the young man covers his hair (which is a basic rule for one with hair) you should just follow. Mr. Seon wasn't the one who made the rule... it has been there for years now, so why disobey the ancient rule? The school is not trying to kick the youngster out or anything close to that, but we just want him to cover his hair and look more accurate. There isn't even much work involved here. Many boys are currently at school with me and i see them covering up and this young man can do it as well.

    I am very glad that he did it!

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  32. In the nurturing of society we must understand that rules are to be adopted so as to groom our youth into law abiding citizens. I have no qualms with the school rule of covering or cutting your hair as part of the code of conduct, but as a past student of St Mary's College I must highlight that this rule is very discriminatory as the negro students were always the ones being pressured to cut and trim our hairs whilst other ethnic groups inclusive of Indian and Caucasian decent usually grew long hair and would simply slick it down using gels etc. In my days at St. Mary's we adopted a habit of dabbing down our hair so that the length would not show and teachers as well as the Vice Principal at the time Mr Seon would pull on our hair and direct us to cut on it afterwards if not to face suspension. These procedures were not used for the students with straight hair so i believe that this rule should either be fully implemented or disbanded. Thank You

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    1. True, but in England it seems that black people are given a lot more leeway than white people, the exact reverse of what you said. Seems to me social context- for lack of a better phrase- needs to be considered here. Maybe it's all about what a particular society considers to be "presentable." Your next question will be 'why is the white man's hair more presentable?' ...but for that, we need a deep lesson in sociology and social evolution I suspect, rather than a deluded rant about The Man always trying to **** us black people up.

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