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Dancehall star knocked for doing lewd song with primary students
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia has launched a probe into how dancehall artiste Ruckia “Bubbles” Webster was able to enter a primary school to sing her popular song “It Bunnin” to a group of primary school children.
Garcia called for the probe in response to an avalanche of criticism on social media after a video surfaced of Webster’s interaction with the students.
The video showed the children in uniform singing the song, which is said to be very explicit (suitable for 18 years and over).
The video sparked outrage and utter disgust on social media, with some questioning who allowed the artiste into the school in the first place and one blogger asking who “in their right mind allowed her to perform such a rude song to under-aged children.”
The video, which was viewed 380,000 up to press time, was described as “very offensive” by Garcia.
“It was not suitable for children or teachers or anybody who operate in a school community,” Garcia said, adding he has since instructed the school supervisor to conduct a thorough investigation and submit a full report to the ministry’s Chief Education Officer on Tuesday.
He said for visitors to enter into school compounds there are protocols to be observed, adding if any videos of the children must be taken parents must give consent.
Contacted for comment yesterday, Webster, despite of the outrage on social media, said she was very proud and excited at the response she got from the children. She said she drops her younger sister to school on mornings, but had gone to attend a Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meeting on the day in question. She said while there she was recognised by the children and subsequently mobbed.
“The children spotted me walking in and they couldn’t contain themselves. I love children, they are a blessing to me. I signed over 100 books and they were singing the song to me and begged me to sing for them,” Webster said.
“So I decided to give them a little piece that was censored. I lifted my hands to video tape them as they were singing along. I had on a long jacket and a jersey underneath and a long jeans so I was not inappropriately dressed.”
Asked her response to an investigation being launched by Garcia, Webster replied: “He should get to know the facts first and not do anything until he does. It would be unfair to the teachers and to me.”
CARISA LEE & RHONDOR DOWLAT