Missing: Shanice Jemmot

Shanice Jemmot

Shanice Alana Jemmot, a 14-year-old third form student of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, is being reported missing by her grandmother.

Dorris Paul said Shanice, who lives with her at Clark Hall, Layou, did not come home from school yesterday and family members are very worried.

“Yesterday morning she left home for school and when her brother returned he claimed that he did not see his sister,” a distraught Paul said. “We were expecting that after she would reach home but we haven’t seen her. We looked everywhere for her. Her friends said they did not see her at school. We don’t know what to do.”

The police and welfare departments were informed about the situation.

“We made a report at the Mahaut Police Station and also Roseau,” the grandmother stated. “Up to now we haven’t seen the child. We don’t know where the child is. Shanice is not a bad child. She is a loving child. Every child has their ways and she can sometimes be a little rude but she is a good person.”

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Shanice Jemmot they should contact the Welfare Division at 266-3080/266-3020 or the nearest police station.

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158 Comments

  1. tianna
    March 30, 2011

    welcome come back home

  2. URSKINE ST ROSE
    March 15, 2011

    From a fellow Dominican:
    My prayers go out to you and your family, having a child that is missing can cause alot of stress on their family, friends and their Loved ones. I pray that she return home safely, and pray that she’s not met with foul play.

    God stretch forth your hand and Comfort her family, in your name i pray Amen.

  3. sexy
    March 6, 2011

    stupes mamzel go and meet her man

    • nubian
      March 10, 2011

      ANYWAY my girl where ever u at……. come back home to ur family.. if sum one convince u to do dat.. they wrong.. no one but god should come before ur family.. so wrong move sweetie,… and it not to o late

  4. youth
    February 28, 2011

    people are blaming the school for the childs misssing when the have nothing to do with that. i strongly send my deepest sympathy to the childs family.her brother is part of our class and we are very sorry that his sister is missing. if i could find her and bring her home i will.i just hope bye the grace of god she returned home safe and sound.

    please dominicans if you know where the child is located inform thenation.

    and who so ever that is keeping the child in captive let her go free and alive.
    and if she is not held by anyone and is the one who choosed to go away come home to your family where you will be safe and sound. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

  5. sweet pum pum
    February 27, 2011

    Let us employ spiritual help please do not rule this out don’t be ashamed of it some people are very talented in that field the police in the more developed countries are also using the help of
    talented psychic people lets not overlook these people they really can help

  6. youth
    February 27, 2011

    During the past time that shanice jemmot has been missing everybody has been sending their sympathy to the family and school as well as blaming the family and school. People are saying all kinds of things but no one is asking themselves the real important questions. Where do you think shanice is? Who could have taken her? Where could they have taken her? How did such a thing happen? Is there anyone suspicious looking?

    And the last and most important question:
    WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO DO SUCH A THING? SUCH A HORRIBLE AND SAD THING.
    TAKING A YOUNG GIRL AWAY FROM HER HOME AND FAMILY. THIS IS NOT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

    To the young people out there be vigilant, be careful ,there are alot of sick people out there.

    We don’t know what to expect but we can’t give up. HELP TO FIND SHANICE JEMMOT!!!!!!!!
    BE ALERT, PRAY HARD AND ASK COULD TO DELIVER HER BACK TO HER FAMILY.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. dominican swiss
    February 23, 2011

    I am sooo sorry to hear this sad news.Dorris,your friend from Switzerland is praying for Shanice and sending you and your family much strenght.Thinking of you all the time…

  8. babs
    February 22, 2011

    sorry about my error, I meant to say that the teacher should immediately call the parent to inform them that the child is not at school, and if there is any reason why she is not present.

    • nubian
      March 10, 2011

      oh stop with that.. so many children stay home two days from school with no call.. until when they get back to school with a note from parents. the girl didnt come school one day how in earth the teacher suppose to know something wrong.. like it or not the child was just another ordinary student.. and DON’T BE TOO QUICK TO BLAME THE SCHOOL.. OR TEACHERS.. we are all humans

  9. babs
    February 22, 2011

    I too, am praying that Shanice is found safe and unharmed. But when I think of these things happening, I place no immediate blame on any one person. First of all The school, if not should have a system in place where they have contact numbers for all children, not the children, but the parents/guardians, so if a child is not present when the attendance is called, then the teacher should immediately call the parent/guardian is not at school. If the system is in place then all well and good. But the child was only found missing when she did not come home after school. The parents canot be blamed in this case, since the child dressed in school uniform and her parent/guardian saw her leave for school, the parent cannot know that she did not attend schhol if no one called her. Think about that. But nonetheless, I do pray that Shanice is found or returned safely to her family.

  10. Anonymous
    February 21, 2011

    I hope she is found very soon.

    I live in the UK. Parents receive a call from the teacher if the parent has not reported the child absent that day. Schools are a lot bigger here, It can be done.

  11. Kubilian
    February 21, 2011

    Please place a update picture of the girl on there .. Something where you could see her hold body

  12. Wongping
    February 21, 2011

    We are praying hard with everyone for her safe return home.keep the faith.!but where in the Bible is it written that sunday is the Lord’s day?

  13. phaucit
    February 21, 2011

    i really hope she ok .she is only a lil girl

  14. Cousin Marilyn
    February 21, 2011

    GOD, I pray that this little girl is found safe and sound. We as parents have to take responsibility for our children. When they are that young we need to talk to them constantly about the ills that are out there. We have to have our children, both boys and girls on the same level and talk to them about how to take care of themselves both at home at outside.

    We pray that you are found as soon as possible and may the good Lord be with you.

  15. Disclaimer
    February 21, 2011

    God be with you sweety wherever you are. Hope you are found!!!

  16. February 21, 2011

    i hope they find her we because her family is very sad

  17. February 21, 2011

    sad to hear that to see a girl just go to school and disappeared just like that ah man i’m sorry to hear that veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy sorry

  18. a co ncern father
    February 21, 2011

    god will put a hand we trust in hin

  19. donna t
    February 21, 2011

    has there been any serch parties, in the uk when a child goes missing hundreds of volunters come from all over the country , and the police organise massive searches, and while they do that the rest of the police force do house to house searches, some one please tell me this is being organised, the longer it is left the more eveidance disappears…
    my love hope and wishes are with shanices family xx

  20. M.San Diego.
    February 21, 2011

    if any one see’s that beautiful girl please contact the police ,or if some one have that child hostage please just put her some where she can get her way out or some one can see her because may be u have family or sisters,think of them before u harm her.lets hope & pray she is safe & sound ,God guide that beautiful child.

  21. alas
    February 20, 2011

    i share you pain my people. how she comes back safe. god is in controll

  22. Yow Yow
    February 20, 2011

    Police shud be searching houses like wild fire now looking for this child i pray to God that she is ok…Dominica just come slack them police not serious yet…i just cant understand how the country come there yeh….buh anyways i jus pray to God that she returns home safe…..

  23. gigi
    February 20, 2011

    She is still not found?

    Dear lord, i keep checking hoping to see that they found her hiding somewhere…

    3 days and a child no where to be found? Dear lord!!!!!!

  24. pat
    February 20, 2011

    IF SOMEONE KNOWS OF THIS KIDS WHEREABOUT PLEASE CONTACT HER FAMILY OR THE
    POLICE. I HOPE SHES OK. MY HEART IS ACHING FOR THE FAMILY. IF SOMEONE IS KEEPING HER IN HOSTAGE.FOR GODS SAKE SEND THIS CHILD BACK HOME TO HER FRIGHTENED GRANDMOTHER.

  25. no name 2
    February 20, 2011

    i come here hoping to see an update that she is safe. hold strong family…God bless….

  26. Anonymous
    February 20, 2011

    What is the u[date on this case. I remember back in the 80’s when there was ban on military atire. The police was going from door to door and even searching for these atire. When a minor is missing, why can’t there be the same effort be placed in a human life. Everyone needs to get involved in finding this child. This could happen to any of your family memebers.

  27. former ITSS Student
    February 20, 2011

    I have been reading all these comments and have to add my views:

    1. This is really sad, I have known shanice since she was a little girl and I also know her family well, My entire family and I are praying that she is well and will be found soon
    2. There is no need to blame teachers or parents but apparently a change is necessary. Parents need to be more interested in the welfare of there child, so that teachers can work together with the parents in forming these young lives
    3. I know for a fact that it is common for children to duck class or come/leave during breaktime, it is also common for students to not come in school for a number of days and there wouldn’t even be a letter of notice from the parents because they really don’t care about there childs education, so we cannot expect teachers to run behind each of those students and their parents.

    4. On the other hand, although Dominica is a country which had luckily been spared from frequent tragedies, we need to stop sleeping. A system has to be put in place where it’s not that easy for students to just be roaming all over the place and no one cares.

    I know shanice comes from a loving family and is not one of those kids that would usually just go missing, so I am praying that she is ok wherever she is. This is really sad :-(

  28. baby girl
    February 20, 2011

    Shanice I pray GOD ur safe an if u go on ur own its nt worth it plz come home
    Miss paul just take it easy GOD is dre he will help u in all ur hard times…..m stay strong the LORD will come
    Through for u …….. LOVE Y’ll

  29. Educator
    February 20, 2011

    This was suppose to a response, But I think I will post it here again:

    This is a very good point. It is not about being political, It’s about Ideas which could later save the lives of our children. Politics is not about just liking a party, it is about asking our representatives to represent us in ways that would benefit us. But many are too colorblind to see that.

    I agree with people asking for laws to be implemented in school that when a child is absent the parent gets a call. It’s never too late to learn and it takes situation like this to open our eyes. People in Dominica are so uptight about their politicians that they get offended whenever you mention “politicians”. we have to hold our politicians responsible because they are the ones whom we put in place to help make better laws. OR did you just put them there because you like them, I doubt very much.

    So yes, let us ask our education representatives to look at ways where we can know of students missing at an earlier time. What’s wrong with that. After all, we want to move with the times, how about in actual ways which are beneficial. So yes, I am all for politicians who actually have use. Often times laws are changed based on an unfortunate incident which took place since many lack the foresight to do so otherwise. In some way, Dominicans want to move with the times, in other ways they wish to remain antiquated. It is indeed time to vote wisely, and ask questions of our politicians. Do they have the wisdom to implement laws, or they only good at throwing words.

  30. parent
    February 20, 2011

    that is y the teachers must be together and alway be present and on time for work , to take class attendance ,teachers must also love the students so when a child have a problem they can go to them.

  31. ashamed dominican right now.
    February 20, 2011

    miss paul ,shanice’s past teacher please give me a call.i lve that child like mine #2454781

    • mad
      February 20, 2011

      who knows wat she could be going through

  32. ashamed dominican right now.
    February 20, 2011

    miss paul, i am so sorry,shanise’s past teaher and friend.i know how much you love her, you were so proud of her.whata nice child.call me #2454781. hold strong ,my heart is breaking.

  33. Gizelle Shanice Aunty
    February 20, 2011

    Good morning ,
    It has been 3 days now since Shanice have been missing and we are here prayer and wishing for her safe return. As today is sunday and it is consider the Lords day I ask anyone out there wo is going to their place of worship to please put and word of prayer out to the Sweet Lord for the entire family from both sides. I know that Dominica is a small place but I believe that through the grace of God she will be found safe and alive. Thank you for taking the time out to read this. Have a bless day.

  34. Tainted
    February 20, 2011

    Nearly 2000 years ago Jesus met SATAN and ask what do you have there satan. He replied a world of sinners. liars, aduterers, murders perverted people. Jesus asked what are you going to do with them satan. Satan smiled and said I’m gonna play with them I’m gonna tease them and I’m gonna kill everyone of them. Jesus’ heart was touched with compasion and asked what will it take to deliver them. Satan replied it’s gonna take your life the breath that your breath and so jesus died on the cross for us to save us from our sins. The bible declares in John 3 v 16, that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. To Jemma’s kidnapper if she’s been kidnapped you know in your heart that you have sinned I’m pleading with you today that God intends to keep that promise no matter what we have done. He will wash away our sins and make us whole again. Do not allow satan to allow you to be his servant, he’s only gonna kill you and make you unhappy. If you or Jemma is reading this and all the people who are out there reading this please pray this prayer with me. Yeah thou Shanice Jemmont and her kidnapper walks in the valley of the shadow of death Shanice Jemmont and her kidnapper will fear no evil LORD. Your rod and your staff will comfort Shanice Jemmont and her kidnapper all the days of their live and they shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Please now is the time to accept Christ as your saviour bring Shanice Jemmont home safe to her family I’m pleading to you with tears in my ears. It’s not my child it’s not my family but God only knows the pain you are causing these folks. Have a heart we will continue to pray for you all and please do the right thing. Take Shanice back to her family. Shanice if you have left voluterily please call your family let them know you are ok. We all feel like running away sometimes but there is no place like home. God loves you all, I love you and the entire Domincan population loves you all. Please do the right thing come back home.

  35. Tizhan
    February 20, 2011

    It’s no use comparing the system in Dominica to other countries.Esp in countries where a missing 14 yr old wouldn’t even make the local news.Dominican society is different and people are lucky to be able to take a much more relaxed approach. This is an unusual situation and if necessary people will make changes to how things operate. Things are changing and I expect the situation isn’t helped by fugitives from other countries taking up residence in Dominica.
    I pray that she’s safe and would be quite surprised if she wasn’t-even with my knowledge of :-? what goes on in the wider world.

  36. DCA/UK
    February 20, 2011

    Hope all is well. However this should give the minister for education work to do on implement ing a policy where parents should report to schools absent or late students and as well to the schools report to parents when the child is absent from school .

    • Q95
      February 20, 2011

      leave out the political part….could the minister stop that from happening?

      • nubian
        March 10, 2011

        i know.. @ q95… some people will use anything to turn to a political scandal.. its about shanice.. not DLP

  37. worried dominican
    February 20, 2011

    tw0 days now your missing my cuz god is watching over you and will bring you back home safely.whoever might have abducted you or gave you advice to do this may god be with them love you cuz.

  38. 100% pure Dominican!
    February 20, 2011

    By just reading u all’s comments got me thinking! In dominica so many crimes happen but yet still little is done! To the parents of this young child I would like for u to have faith in the Lord
    ! We @ dis moment r all blind! We know nothinbg unless someone comes forward n speak or domething! N to the ones having da lil chat bout teachers calling parents yes u have a point dre but u have to understand dat children miss school all da time for silly reasons! Even if da teachetrs do call da parents wat difference would it make really? Sometimes parents send their kids to school n they themselves end up somewhere else! Wat I am tryin to say is dat yes da teachers should be worried but its not their duty to call everytime a child is missing from school! Anyways I don’t have abny kids but I do have lil sisters! N it would break my heart to see something like dat happebn to her! Well anyways I am so sorry to da family for wat they r goin through right now! I wil remember her in my prayers n I’m keeping my fingers crossed so that she would be found n returned safe home!blessings to u all!

    • HMMMMMMM(the psychic)
      February 20, 2011

      You’ve got a point here. I’ve been listening to the radio stations and so far no updated information on the whereabouts of this child since the first time they announced that she has gone missing. Say something at least.

  39. Jem
    February 19, 2011

    I am offering a $10,000.00 reward for the safe return or information leading to the safe return of my niece, Shanice. If you have any information that can lead to Shanice, please contact me at (340)642-2685 or (340)513-2878 or gem2u9@hotmail.com. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

    • Shanice Aunty Josette
      February 20, 2011

      Jem let us hold on strong.

  40. Mother
    February 19, 2011

    May God be with this child wherever she is.

  41. CURRENT SAD STUDENT OF ITSS
    February 19, 2011

    people plzzzz stop dis nonsense of blaming the school……i mean come on be realistic reasonable and respond wit some type of professionality in ur thinkin….put ur self in a teacher’s shoe. there are over 400 students attending the school if perhaps 25 students or maybe even 50 miss a school a certain day….do you think that the principal has to call over 30 homes….i mean come on where are ur brains. everytime some situation like this pops up, some Dominicans which i ashamed to say always have to think negative and blame, criticize and be negative towards the situation. Some parents do not even care about there children’s education….they do not even have d courtesy of attending PTA”s in the school or even come for report book ….but as soon a problem arises we go right ahead and blame the teachers…..this is how u seperate wise men from foolish men/women. i am a current student of the ISAIAH THOMAS SECONDARY SCHOOL and i am tired of ppl constantly spitting out negative criticism towards the school…..Shanice is my friend we did athletics together and i hope she returns home safely….i pray for her safe returns and her families

    • teacher
      February 20, 2011

      Thanks for standing up for your school. We do pray that she is safe and will return home

  42. Born GUy
    February 19, 2011

    i feel u guys anguish , omg plz let her come home

  43. Jem
    February 19, 2011

    I am offering a $10,000.00 reward for the safe return or information leading to the safe return of my niece, Shanice. If you have any information that can lead to Shanice, please contact me at (340)642-2685 or (340)513-2878 or gem2u9@hotmail.com. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

  44. cpl
    February 19, 2011

    wat was she wearin in terms n wat was hear hair style like n if n e ear rings please discribe

  45. cpl
    February 19, 2011

    it would be my pleasure to notify and help find her
    what was she where on that day in terms of hair style and o
    n e earings and wat they look like

  46. Tasie
    February 19, 2011

    My prayers are with the family

  47. Concerned Frm. Principal
    February 19, 2011

    Shanice and the Paul family , you are in my prayers. Hope your cheerful spirit and God’s Divine Intervention get you of the situation.

  48. hopeful
    February 19, 2011

    I bet someone must have seen that child on her way to school. If anyone knows anything please notify someone.

  49. Shanice Aunty Josette
    February 19, 2011

    If anyone sees Shanice, please call the nearest police station near you.

  50. J Vidal
    February 19, 2011

    OMG

    heartbreaking news…..

    that’s one of my girlzzz

    i attend the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School also
    Hope that she will be found soon

    She’ll be in my prayers….

  51. DOMITJEN
    February 19, 2011

    I really do hope she is found safe.

  52. angel
    February 19, 2011

    i can feel u all pain hold on strong

  53. worried
    February 19, 2011

    i’m praying for this girl

  54. anonymous
    February 19, 2011

    shes a good child. i hope she returns home safe. lord guide and protect her

  55. concerned
    February 19, 2011

    well its time they put a system like US or Uk,u mean to say this school does not have a main telephone that the teachers can use, what a shame!!

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      February 21, 2011

      Concerned

      Let me reassure you that in the UK if a child misses ONE day of school NO teacher is going to phone the parents. It is the parents duty to send a letter to the school advising why the child was not present. Action is only taken when that child is constantly absent from school.

      Yes there are cases when the school will check on a certain child on a daily basis, but that only happens when the child is seen as a problem/vulnerable or at risk, and then the school/parents/truancy officers and social services all work together.

      Stop the blame game, and be optimistic that Shanice will soon return home safely.

      • wake up
        February 21, 2011

        reallllllly????

        I live in the UK and if my child is not at school and I have not notified them of her absence I will most certainly get a text message letting me know that she is not at school.I do not know what part of the UK you leave in or if you even have a child at school but this is the norm darling.

  56. GRACEY
    February 19, 2011

    all they need is to find the lil girl and bring her back safe.just have to keep her in prayer.

  57. Anonymous
    February 19, 2011

    lord jesus send down your grace help them find this beautiful young lady in good health .help her parent as they go throught this difficult time.

  58. :(
    February 19, 2011

    oh my god ! i am sorry to hear about such terrible news. I hope Shanice is ok b cause i knew her as a child. mY prays go out to her family and for the safe return of shanice. it is so sad, i am from layou, but leave abroad and it was heart break yesterday, when i came to read news on this site to see someone i know missing. If anyone knows or see shanice please ask her to go home.:(

    • Texas
      February 19, 2011

      OMG!!! What are you saying…”You KNEW her?” as in past tense, what’s up with that? I hope it’s just a grammar error

    • RDW
      February 19, 2011

      is that miss paul little girl?

  59. not nice
    February 19, 2011

    i hope she safe….

  60. citizen
    February 19, 2011

    please if anyone knows or remember seeing anything on Thursday morning please please talk to the police my niece is missing and we are very very worried. we are praying that she will be safe and fine and come home. Shanice we Love you.

  61. zuma
    February 19, 2011

    I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS A VERY SENSITIVE SITUATION THEREFORE

    I SUGGEST PHOTOS OF THIS CHILD BE CIRCULATED ALL OVER THE ISLAND, THE MEDIA SHOULD BE INVOLVED (TV, RADIO, INTERNET ETC ETC

    In order to sensitise the public of her disappearance by doing so, someone should recognise her if at all she was seen.

  62. Anonymous
    February 19, 2011

    This is so sad. A 14year old to go missing just like that.

    God help us all in DA!!

  63. concerned2
    February 19, 2011

    This case is very alarming and very unfortunate, and I pray that she is found and she is ok.

  64. worried
    February 19, 2011

    i am a father too and i will go crazy if my daughter gone missing i pray that the family gets there little princes

  65. lilicious
    February 19, 2011

    Thats are sad one i am a mother of two girls i dont know if i would sleep .. Father protect her i just hope nothing worng with her.

  66. ruthy
    February 19, 2011

    i think thier should b a system put in place upon registration at the begining of the school year that parents should ask to leave a contact number so that they can b notified of any thing concerning thier child….i just hope that the lil girl will b bck home safely

    • my pressure up...
      February 20, 2011

      In most schools when u register u’re asked for a contact number for the parents and for someone to call in case of an emergency and the parents cannot be reached. I just believe there should be a system when child don’t report to school and parents don’t call to say that the child isn’t comin today that the school calls.

  67. Mel-ç
    February 19, 2011

    I lit my candle and she is in my prayers! God be with this child!! I saying that and I all want to cry! I hope, I hope with all my heart that she is OKAY!!!!! :(

  68. Anonymous
    February 19, 2011

    sorry situation!! hmmmm! isad hearing this! alets hope for the best! IN GOD WE TRUST§§

  69. inisha anthony
    February 19, 2011

    to everyone who send these thoughtful words i say thanks cause miss paul really needs those words now

  70. mouth of the south
    February 19, 2011

    man i don’t want nobody to go through such experience,,,, i had a short one,,,it lasted for about 1 day n a half n trust me i was going mad,,,, did not even sleep,,, i hope all will be well,,,

  71. lovely
    February 19, 2011

    .i know it’s not easy :( just pray the lord that she comes home safe..maybe parents should inform the schools when their kids cant go to class so when ever that child is absent and they have not recieve any calls from any of the parent, them the teachers will recognize that something arent right.

  72. Concerned
    February 18, 2011

    Aylasss. when i saw about this on the news, that hurt me sooo much eh. anyone who knows any information about this young child’s whereabouts plzzz do have a conscious and notify the authorities immediately! this is someone’s child out there. I pray for only miracles for the family. God bless!

  73. amber alert
    February 18, 2011

    my my my i dont know what to say nah?hope she is found soon and she found let the public know

  74. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011

    In St.Maarten

    I agree with the person, who said, the teacher should call the grandmother, when he/she did not see the child at school. Is the teacher duty to do so.That’s how they do it here.They must call the parents.
    Am praying that , they will find her safe,and everything will be alright.God is in control.Lets think positive.The devil is defeated. Am from Layou.

    • Teacher
      February 19, 2011

      I must say that I agreed with you on some of what you say but not all…… It is indeed the parents duty to inform the school or teacher{s} when there child is unable to attend school ….. its a form of respect…. so therefore if one day the parent don’t call a teacher can say well they are accustomed to calling so they can call to find out what went wrong..

      To the entire Paul family I must say my heart goes out to you all……

      • TEACHER
        February 19, 2011

        That is true but it is very time consuming in the more populated schools where so many children are late. Are we going to get parents unnecessarily alarmed when their children may have been caught in traffic or strolled to school or waited for a friend? Think of the distress this can also place on parents and even teachers! A teacher is not superman! We have to take the roll call, conduct class assembly or supervise during general assembly, report to class, do lesson plans, grade books, tests, assignments etc…, manage classes, substitute during a non- teaching period for absent teachers, do break time supervision, attend to sick students, supervise detentions, see parents, and the list goes on… A teacher is so many persons in one! Let’s be realistic. Those blaming teachers are quick to point fingers yet still they are the ones who are scared to enter the profession because of the amount of dedication and responsibility!

    • TEACHER
      February 19, 2011

      I don’t agree with this comment. I have been a teacher for almost ten years. Is it practical to call a home when a teacher notices a student is absent? This is easier said than done! A class teacher may take attendance and record a student as absent if he/she takes the attendance and the child is absent at that time. Some students do come in quite late after the attendance is taken. By then the teacher is off to other classes and hardly finds out whether the student is absent or late til the next day. Besides that fact, teacher normally wait a few days to see if the student returns after being supposedly ill or what have u. If that child is missing at school for a few days, the teacher may call the students’ home to shed some light on what’s going on? … Let;s not try to play blame games. THis is NOT the time or place. Let us instead pray and give the family strength as others are so rightfully doing!

      • can be done
        February 20, 2011

        Well something is wrong and something better has to be put in place to be able to keep track of a child if late or absent; because in the states there are over 1000 children some times and if a child is absent there is a system put in place to call the parent at the end to the day; so please it is not to late to start something like that; find out, how can it be done instead of just saying it is impossible.

    • Tantoe
      February 19, 2011

      with a school of 530 something students one child not being present on a particular day is not much cause for concern.

    • !!!
      February 20, 2011

      Whilst this is true teachers faced with 2 issues:
      1. Too many children miss school for no reason. How is the teacher suppose to know that the child isn’t safely at home?
      2. contact numbers are often changed
      In any event, I hope that Shanice returns home safely soon

    • ooh
      February 20, 2011

      NAH,,,,,, unfortunately…THEY DO NOT ALWAYS DO IT HERE IN ST MAARTEN…..BUT THEY SHOULD..IT WUD HELP

    • dom/sxm
      February 25, 2011

      i am a teacher in st. maarten and a dominica it is not true we do not call parents when students are absent we have a system that if cchild is not in school the child brings note from parent if child is not in school on the second day the office gets involve it is so easy to blame other in a crisis but not needed i hope and pray that the child returns home safe a child is a child no matter where they live

  75. worried dominican
    February 18, 2011

    praying that my cousin makes it back home safely,my prayers are with you cuz.

    • amder alert
      February 19, 2011

      :( i hope shanice jammot comes home safely to family and her love ones god bless her family and freinds god is watching over her and he is keeping her safe i will be praying for her to come home safely.

  76. A concerned citizen
    February 18, 2011

    I was very shocked when I heard the news today, O Lord be with this family during this time. I have a 5 years old and if something like this happen, I don’t know what I would do. Miss Paul(her mother) is my dear friend. You are in my prayers. I do hope that the authorities are doing everything they can. I also hope and pray that she is found soon. Ms Paul, take care, hold strong and I know that the lord will give you the needed strength to go through this ordeal.

  77. positive
    February 18, 2011

    i am hoping to see “MISSING CHILD FOUND – ALIVE and SAFE” ….before sunday. Dominicans i am counting on you!

  78. ALLEYNE
    February 18, 2011

    I feel for the parent of the child ,I am a mother of two and I don’t know what I would do if any of my children gets hurt,even my nieces and nephew.so I pray to God that everything is fine. hope that they find her.

  79. Keeping the Faith
    February 18, 2011

    This is worrisome, I hope the child is safe and most importantly returns home to her family. Anybody friend, associate, who knows anything, as insignificant as it may seem, call the police even under annonymity and let them know. Children sometimes talk to their peers more than adults.

    Little girl if by chance you are reading this, or anyone she may be with is hearing the pleas of that family and country at large, no matter what the situation, please make contact with the police.

  80. ashamed dominican right now.
    February 18, 2011

    my heart is hurtin with fear but have faith in god that he will take care of her.thats my past primary school student.such a sweet child.love u babes.miss charle hold stong.

  81. awww so sad
    February 18, 2011

    ill pray for her i hope shes ok

  82. Former teacher of ITSS.
    February 18, 2011

    I pray that she is found and most importantly safe. My prayers are with her family. I taught her before i left for further studies and she was definitely one of my good academic students. Shivers……Really concerned.

    • Another Former Teacher
      February 19, 2011

      It was quite a shock to see this story…. I had the pleasure of teaching Shanice. She is a very jovial young lady and a smile is always on her face. She is a bright girl. I also know her mother and I can imagine how worried she must be because she cares deeply for her children. I pray that God guides Shanice back home safely….

  83. plant
    February 18, 2011

    i remember that girl from wen i was a student of ITSS, i remember her bcuz of her eyebrows,.best wishes goin out to the family

  84. january till december
    February 18, 2011

    her parents are distraught and very worried.. he dad was crying at the school today… this is serrious and may he lord keep her safe wherever she is and strenghten her parents…. god take control

  85. citizen
    February 18, 2011

    please if anyone see this little girl please please give the police a call or tell her her family is very worried and we love her and missing her. And want her to come home.

    • inisha anthony
      February 19, 2011

      :( its sad to c wats happening in this world today shanice was a very nice child n since i attend the same school as she does it wouldn’t be right for me not to let miss paul kno how sorry i am bout wat happened to my friend shanice this could have happened to me or anybody u kno so lets not laugh n be happy but take time to think wat would we have done if this had happene to anyone of us .i’ll do my best to help find shanice n eveyone should do to one way or the other it could be anyone of us in the country this happened to

      • amder alert
        February 19, 2011

        :( i feel sad for her family and freinds

  86. desie
    February 18, 2011

    BOY!!!!!!!

    I HAVE A 1YR OLD DAUGHTER DIA
    AND IF SHE GO MISSING I WOULD DIE
    SO I THINK I KNOW WHAT THE PARENTS GOING THROUGH

    BUT I REALLY WILL KEEP MY FINGERS CROSS

  87. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011

    oh my goodness! i am layou person who live aboard and my prays go up to shanice and her family. this is so sad, and hope she come back hope safe.

  88. negre marwon
    February 18, 2011

    Hope there isn’t any fowl play involved. God is watching!!

  89. Dominican Abroad
    February 18, 2011

    Mercy Father. prayers. I hope she is found and nothing is wrong with her

  90. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011

    I hope they are searching for her Nationwide.

    • Concerned
      February 18, 2011

      Nationwide is on your sideeeee ;)

    • unknown
      February 20, 2011

      come one i mean plz were in Dominica the only thing that this government will do a nationwide search about is some missing drug.dont get me wrong but its true…i really feel sorry for the family. i pray for Shanice safe return.

  91. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011

    A search should be done in the entire country. D/ca is not a large place. This situation should not be taken lightly.

  92. cleanbowled
    February 18, 2011

    God speed to all involved in helping to locate Shanice. I pray that God will deliver her safely back to her family. This really hits home since I have four daughters myself.

  93. Camica
    February 18, 2011

    :( , I hope they get her wii, all now so her mother maybe losing her head wii, jus pray and hope everything ok, hope she fine

  94. ....
    February 18, 2011

    OH my, I hope they find her soon. This is sad.

  95. Excited!
    February 18, 2011

    SO if a child does not turn up at school, if the parent did not call to say that my child will be absent today, the teachers do not alert the principal or the parent that the child is not at school for the day?
    The brother should not have been the one reporting after school that he didnt see the sister at school, because it is likely that they are in different classes, and did not see her at breaktime. The time between 8am and 1p.m. is a huge difference! I believe that the grandparent should have been notified promptly, so as to find out whether the child is sick or not!!! And then action could have been taken

    • La plaine 2 d bone
      February 18, 2011

      I agree with you on that.

      • Jayson
        February 19, 2011

        That is a very simple and proactive system that can be implemented in all school.

        We have a first world communication Infrastructure in Dominica and it’s about time the powers-that-be take full advantage of it!

    • concerned
      February 18, 2011

      the teachers and principal cant know if the child stayed home deliberately until they see the child and asks questions. and furthermore teachers cant call every child who does not show up for school.

      • The truth
        February 18, 2011

        Well that’s how it is in most countries. If underage kids don’t turn up they call the parents. What does a head count in a class take? Everyone has a cell these days. Easy

        • for real
          February 19, 2011

          the parents are supposed to notify the school in writing if the child is late or if the child is absent, but most parents do not take the time to do that. it is until the next day they might send someone or the child will tell you, ‘i was sick yesterday’.dont blame the school. where did this child go? she is 14, not 5.there is something we all dont know about wats happening.

      • Woi
        February 18, 2011

        Thought that was the purpose of Roll Call?

      • smh
        February 18, 2011

        I don’t think “excited” is saying that teachers should call every child who doesn’t show up but the schools need to take more responsibility. It’s not the teacher who has to call. The secretary can do so or it can even be an automated message where the info is inputed and the message goes out. When my son doesn’t show up for school, I get a call from the school by the end of the first period and it’s an automated message saying that he didn’t show up. So if you get that message and you kno know your child left home for school that morning and your child did not stay home sick then you can take immediate/necessary action.

      • ....
        February 18, 2011

        concerned I so agree. it is ridiculous to expect a secondary school to call a child’s parent if the child does not show up. we all went to school. we know when we were sick one day we took a note the next day. teachers never called our home. for those of us who taught we never called every parent to find out why the child was not at school. we expect the parents to send a note or call us sometime in the day or the next day.

        • Jayson
          February 19, 2011

          We’re living in different times…!

        • Another Former Teacher
          February 19, 2011

          It is very difficult to point fingers and pass blame around. The parents give very little support to the school.( Not just the school in question but through out the island) The home and school should work closely together to ensure that our children are kept safe.

        • Anonymous
          February 19, 2011

          you have to realize taht we live in a diffenferent time;

      • Ehdi
        February 18, 2011

        Why not?

        • hmm
          February 18, 2011

          u will talk like dat cuz u r not a teacher..teachers have it harder than parents..so plz relax..lets hope she wil b found in 1 peace..dont play d blame game..

        • bouncer
          February 18, 2011

          u serious man :-? ??? u actually asking dat question.! obviously u havnt spent any time in the classroom!!!!!! i taught for 3 years so i know.

        • Just saying
          February 18, 2011

          I agree. If a student does not show up for school…..A CONCERNED TEACHER….should call the parents to find out why the child is not in school…..A CONCERNED PARENT…..should also call the school to inform them that a particular student won’t be attending class and why…..COMMUNICATION MAKES THINGS SO EASIER!

        • System
          February 18, 2011

          Last I check they do not have that system in Dominica. Changes need to be made to the policy in regards to absent students and notification of the guardian.

      • january till december
        February 18, 2011

        this is ridiculous.. a teacher can only suspect something is wrong if the child is absent 2 days straight. i mean come on is a teacher goin to notify a parent evry time a student is absent for one day.. the teacher may have thought that she is sick and will come to school with an excuse next day.. we need to stop playin the blame game and be more reasonable

      • St thomas.v.i
        February 18, 2011

        I live in St thomas and if a child miss a day of school befor the night is over the mother of the father will get a call. next day that child have to have a litter from her mother to say why she was not at school yesterday. so i belive the teachers have a part to play in that.
        thank you :?:

        • Teacher
          February 19, 2011

          I’m not in total agreement with you . I am not in any way joyous that Shanice is missing. I know her and her entire family personally. However, in the US when Parents Teachers Meetings {P.T.A.}ARE HELD YOU ALL MAKE IT YOUR OBLIGATION TO BE THERE. However in Dominica few parents take this interest and they show up, take note majority of the time those you really want to see are the ones who don’t show up. Question to you is : Should we call every parent who don’t show up to the PTA meeting AS SOON AS THE MEETING IS OVER? It just shows our interest in our children.

        • I have children too.
          February 19, 2011

          Well the system is just a telephone call and it does not take long to do that; as long as a child has not report to school, the parent should be informed; well we have to start this Now so that we do not get into that same situation again.
          This did not just happen yesterday; and the children at school should be told of that incident since yesterday; when my daughter came home, I asked her if she heard about a missing child and she told me No so I just found that this was strange and I came to see if it was on DNO but it was not there either and that was yesternay at 1.
          Let us all pray God that this child is safe and this pedifier or whover has her will be caught. We all have children; and parents talk to your children tell them do not take rides from anyone besides their assigned bus or a bus driver they know or even better do not travel by his/her self with only the driver; travel in groups.
          I also know we are not in the US or UK but we always talk about copying things from these countries; well her we are we need to copy from them now and get the NO show- Call parent system in schools now.

      • hj
        February 20, 2011

        that is the way it is where i live

    • well
      February 18, 2011

      I agree with you, but you have to remember Dominica do not have systems setup like the US and other big countries

      • Another Former Teacher
        February 19, 2011

        We sit and just say Dominica does not have the systems like US and other big countries. What system does it take to notify a child’s parents? Please in the US where there are thousands of students in one school it is being done. Why can’t it be done in a school with 400 and 500 students. Please…I know that there are some really hardworking and dedicated teachers who live, breathe and sleep education but there are some “teachers” who do this just to get the meager paycheck. personal I think the latter ones are unsafe for our children.

    • Uk Dcn
      February 18, 2011

      I agree with you 100%

    • The Future Of The Nature Isle
      February 18, 2011

      No usual they will only tell the teacher when the child returns school next day….the child might be sick or something…that’s how it goes….how the mother or the principal know that the child did not go school?

    • HMMMMMM(the psychic)
      February 18, 2011

      When you were growing up in D/ca and you happened to miss school did the teacher call your parents telling them that you were not in class?

      I do agree with you though but remember we are not in England ,America or some other big countries where parents are alerted if the child does not show up for class. It’s rare for a child to go on missing in Dominica. Pray they do find her safe and sound

    • D/CAN TO DE BONE(FOREGIN)
      February 18, 2011

      I agree with your comment. I think the education department or the schools system in Dominica need some law within the education act , where all children of school bearing age needs to be in school ,failing that the parents or their guidance needs to answer why they are not. Also all children registered at a school and fail to show up , the school should get in touch with their parents , why her or she is absent? On the other hand if the child is absent from school any day, it is the parent responsibility to notify the school. The education minister must put laws in place to make our families and school be more responsible in situations like these….

      • Anonymous
        February 19, 2011

        I think you people need a dose of reality here. ITSS is a school with some 700 kids, and anywhere between 50 and 80 absent on a daily basis. Last I heard, a percentage of the staff are absent on a regular basis as well. Really … who makes all of these calls to parents? Who pays for all of these calls? And how much time is left to teach those who have made the effort to actually be at school? For those of you who have run away to some foreign shore in search of greener pastures, this is what you left us kakarats who could not run away, to deal with. We are still the struggling economy who can hardly afford to pay the few teachers a decent salary or even provide enough toilet paper for the washrooms. No gold or oil has been discovered since you left, and no magic has suddenly made us able to afford the luxuries that you enjoy in your new found heavenly paradise. Simple point is, the government is trying its damnedest best to provide an education for our youth with whatever scant resources that we have, and the back-breaking burden falls on us teachers to make something of the little malkassays that whosoever wills sends us. It is a thankless job, with practically no recognition, since the very people who make it, look down upon us when they reach gloryland. Far as I get it, this child was no saint with a history that should have been stemmed at home many years ago. No blame game … just a bit of reality for us to chew on. Blessings.

    • diedra summers
      February 19, 2011

      well teachers and principals would be making calls all day…very lil teaching would take place

      • Anonymous
        February 19, 2011

        thats why you have a secretary to make calls; I know in elementary and middle school if the parent doesn’t call the school to say the child is absent, as long as attendance is taken and they realize the child is absent, the parent or guardian is called but in high school, the parent is being called at the end of the day to say that your child was absent.

      • Anonymous
        February 21, 2011

        so wat

  96. Dominican woman
    February 18, 2011

    I hope she is ok. She is a minor. Anyone who identifies her please notify the authorities immediately.

  97. Smoove
    February 18, 2011

    Should any information pass my way i’l be sure to forward the information to the relevant authorities. Just hope that ain’t no foul play that befall her.

    • secret admirerj
      March 29, 2011

      To Shanice and family, just keep on praying and god will help u threw with all the problem u facing right now . from gwada.

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