NationNews Barbados "A new phenomenon in local schools is a concern to education officials.
In fact, Acting Deputy Chief Education Officer Joy Gittens said she was “alarmed” at the reports reaching her in the past few months.
In addition to all the other issues, 15 of the 26 secondary schools are reporting cases of students causing harm to themselves in various ways. A total of 93 cases have already been reported for the 2010 to 2011 school year.
Students are reportedly self-harming through tattooing, piercing, cutting, burning, embedding and tablet overdosing. The tools include razors; blades from sharpeners; compasses and dividers from geometry sets; matches; long, sharp fingernails; and hairpins."