14-Year old Death Prompts School Safety Bill

2
2267
Montserrado County District 6 Representative Samuel R. Enders: "The bill will also empower schools to search every child, and to ensure that we work together so that no other student will die mistakenly."

Rep. Samuel R. Enders of Montserrado County District #6 Representative, is expected to propose a bill called the ‘Precious Pearl Ireland School Safety Bill.’

The expected bill, according to Rep. Enders when proposed, will give schools authority to students beg as a means of avoiding the reoccurrence of the shooting incident at Cyber-Ed School of Excellence.

The late Precious, a student at the Cyber-Ed Christian School of Excellence, was killed by a bullet wound sustains on the premises of the school. This act was committed by Jovanus Turay, who snuck into the school premises and in the process of showing it, shoot Precious Ireland twice.

“Before, I laid the wreath on the casket bearing the mortal remains of Precious Pearl Ireland. I’m going to propose a bill that will be called the ‘Precious Pearl Ireland School Safety Bill,’ he announced with tears set in his eyes. “I say that on behalf of the over 65,000 people living within District #6, Montserrado County, a community in which the Ireland family lived. I have come with nothing but to say we are deeply sorry. Words cannot express how bad we feel.

“I heard that the student was shot that morning and I thought it was something that the Irelands could recover from, but to our greatest surprise, it turned out to be the first school shooting in the Republic of Liberia,” Rep. Enders added.

Rep. Enders furthered that the bill when taken to the Capitol Building, an addendum will be added that, during school time, if anybody is caught with drugs, the police will be immediately informed to move and search and, “if you have a scissor or any harmful weapon it should be taken away.”

“This bill,” he said, “will also empower schools to search every child, and to ensure that we work together so that no other student will die mistakenly.”

Representative Enders made the disclosure on Friday, April 30, 2021, when he paid an emotional tribute to the late Precious Pearl Ireland at the Harvest Intercontinental Cathedral in Congo Town.

According to him, the Irelands did everything well. They found the best school and put their children in; they did everything that they could but their expectation was not met.

Earlier, Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor also called on Representative Enders to include search for drugs in schools and whenever they are found they should be prosecuted.

Rev. Fr. Michael T. Sie, Rector of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, did not mince words in his tribute, saying that drugs will always be here in Liberia because the security apparatus are the ones allegedly selling them to the kids.

He recalled that, during the early years of his generation, they were trained by their parents so that not a single day they were ever introduced to drugs. “Today, our young people are spoiled and if nothing is done to curtail it, the country will be taken over by drugs.

Rev. Fr. Sie, however, called on Representative Enders to ensure the bill is introduced, which will be of great help.

2 COMMENTS

  1. An obvious knee-jerk reaction to an isolated incident not warranting all this political pandering. Either that, or attempting to transplant ideas from other societies to Liberia, without understanding the full implication of the idea.

    Apparently this representative has not considered the sum total of the mechanisms including the logistics and financial implications of his imagined bill, before running public with it. In order to search students’ backpacks or book bags daily, for example, will require security officers at all schools in the country. You wonder how will that additional expense be footed by each school? Here we’re talking schools that can hardly afford to pay their teachers, then this additional security expense and for something only likely in the least of statistical possibilities?

    Rep. Enders could instead use his brilliant mind and aversion for crime by proposing bills to curb corruption which is hampering so many areas of human capacity and development in Liberia, starting with the capitol building. Monies saved from such anti-graft safeguards could now help to facilitate his dream bill plus other pressing areas like healthcare, food security and education in general. Monies saved by deterring corruption could now be used to furnish our hospitals with needed equipment and the requisite personnel including doctors and nurses. That alone could save so many lives than this sentimental bill will do.

    Rep. Enders could also propose a bill instead, to reduce the exorbitant and unjustified salaries of our do-nothing legislators as one area to start with. That will save a huge chunk of money to impact so many lives and areas. Then on to judicial reform, so that the average Liberian can have hope in our legal system again, rather than constantly resorting to jungle justice which has become the order of the day in Liberia and because of lack of confidence in the system. There are so many needy areas requiring bills for resuscitation, than Rep. Enders trying to impress his constituents with this sentimental bill and obviously for nothing else but reelection purpose.

  2. Look here, it is about time school safety is of concern to parents of children of Liberia. I work at MOre than me a acdemy, where the worse school safeguarding was overlooked and students were raped. Today, the safeguards that has been put into place guarantees that what happened before will never happen again. All schools should have a safeguarding policy and strategic plan like ours, it is costly but is worth the safety for all. Great idea Mr. Sanders, just make sure funding and support is in place.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here