Principals happy with expulsion penalty for scratch bombs

The National Primary Schools Principals' Association is applauding Education Minister Anthony Garcia for what it calls his strong stance against scratch bombs in schools. 

The minister in a statement said the maximum punishment, expulsion, would be imposed on students who brought the explosive devices to schools. 

The association, headed by Lance Mottley, says while school principals are guided by the code of conduct, the minister's very public, no-nonsense approach will serve to embolden principals in the execution of their duties.

The association adds it hopes the zero-tolerance of scratch bombs will reduce their entry into schools.   

It says it is also joining the national community calling for an outright ban of the devices.