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More recommendations for conflict resolution in schools

The stabbing death of Kingston Technical High School student Michion Campbell has sparked fresh recommendations for more conflict resolution to be taught in schools.

President of the National Association of Deans of Discipline Samuel Smalling is also urging school administrators to use early intervention to respond with minor conflicts before they escalate.

Counsellors and teachers held grief counselling sessions at Kingston Technical on Friday following the killing of the student on Thursday.

The Police are now preparing to lay charges against the 17-year-old attacker.

Mr. Smalling, speaking Friday on Radio Jamaica’s Beyond the Headlines, stressed that school personnel must be vigilant in detecting minor incidents which have the potential to cause resentment and anger and erupt into violence.

Shaniece Ming, Mediation Services Supervisor at the Dispute Resolution Foundation, observed that the school system needs widespread change in culture and attitude.

She believes more training is necessary to prevent similar incidents.