New Democrat (Monrovia)

22 November 2012

Liberia: Police Ban Super Friday

A dialogue between the police and beaches owners geared towards stopping students from having rendezvous and other social activities on the beaches Wednesday resulted to the temporary closure of the seashores as a way of preventing the students' so-called 'Super Friday' outings.

The decision was reached at the police headquarters following series of public concerns over the students going to the beaches on Fridays to drink, smoke, and engage in flirtation and other social activities.

Police Inspector General C. Clarence Massaqiou who led the two-hour meeting said they were disappointed by school authorities' failure to adopt measures to prevent students from going to the beaches during school hours.

"We are seriously disappointed over school authorities' behaviour because we have evidence on their smoking and drinking. Moreover, they sometimes take in drugs which are unhealthy for our society," he said.

The police chief observed that because of this ugly behaviour by the students, the beaches especially in Monrovia have been used as hideouts for serious crimes.

"Students steal from their parents only because of 'Super Friday.' We need to find solution to this act if our students who we see as the future leaders for this country must develop well," he stressed.

Benches owners expressed total support for the decision and a committee was formed to deter beach-going students from continuing their social jaunts.

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