In the town in which you live, imagine the police gently but firmly telling schoolkids to tuck their shirts in. It happens here in Barbados and is one reason I love this place. Decorum and deportment matter.
Everywhere in the world, citizens decry the increase in crime. This is true here in Barbados as well. But, overall, this is a kinder society than most. Witness what occurred last Thursday, the last day of school.
The Nation newspaper reported that it’s become a tradition on the last day of school for the older schoolkids to descend into Bridgetown and hang out. Some of the kids looked, according to the paper, “most unkempt.”
The paper said that personnel from the Royal Barbados Police Force were “hot on their heels, in an attempt to keep them on the move, ensuring there would be no liming and blocking of store entrances.” (Liming is hanging out with friends drinking.)
“The officers made sure they brought a sense of discipline to the children,” the paper reported, “many of whom were made to tuck in their shirts, take out earrings, remove excessive jewelery, take off hats, and be appropriately attired in their school uniforms.
“Some students heeded the call instantly, but there were those who attempted to walk away from the law, and had to be given a stern word or a ‘hands-on’ approach to get the job done.
‘Excuse me, push in your shirt for me, please,’ was a frequently heard call on the street that evening.
“Bridgetown store owners welcomed the law’s approach, while sentiments such as ‘I’m glad to see you making them look tidy; you right to make them push in dem shirts officers’ were expressed by parents on the scene. … At the end of the day,” reported The Nation, “kudos must go to the Royal Barbados Police Force for a job well done on Thursday in The City.”