Bullying Incident in Santa Cruz Escalates to Confrontation Between Families

Bullying Incident in Santa Cruz Escalates to Confrontation Between Families

The story we ran yesterday of the primary school student who was bullied in Santa Cruz Village escalated last night.  Despite the intervention of the Police, family members of both the victim and the bullies interfered in the matter and we understand that both sides initiated confrontation at each other’s’ homes.  Two videos surfaced showing the confrontation where relatives of the bullies went to the victim’s family home and hurled profanity and threats.  The matter got physical but was quickly deescalated.  Police Commissioner Chester Williams traveled to the Stann Creek District this morning to personally address the situation.  Meanwhile, Prime Minister John Briceno has weighed in on the matter condemning acts of bullying.

Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “Actually I just saw the video when I was on my way here and I sent it to the Commissioner and I said I’m sure you probably have seen this but we cannot allow anybody to be terrorizing innocent people and hard working people and this kind of behavior is unacceptable and needs to stop and I’m asking the police to do everything possible to deal with these people and get them off the streets. If that’s the behavior they want to have then they do not belong on the streets, they should not be allowed to be roaming freely. Belize is known as a peaceful country, a peaceful society. Belizeans, we are friendly, we are helpful, we help one another, and we will not tolerate anyone to be bullying and to threaten any citizen in this country. I think for too long we have allowed them to do as they wish. And as I said in cabinet on Tuesday we discussed this kind of behavior. And we said we’re not going to tolerate it, we’re going to go after them. We cannot allow these people to behave lawless in this country. We’re not tolerating it.”

We understand that criminal charges were filed against the bullies.  As a response, the Police Commissioner noted that he will request the court to order a visit to the Belize Central Prison so the bullies can see what prison entails.  Additionally, the Police Commissioner plans to ask the court to require that the bullies be the faces of an anti-bullying campaign.

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