WE are a bit surprised that the police are just now getting around to cracking down on what are known on the streets as 'party buses'.
After all, this newspaper and other media houses have, over varying periods, reported on their existence.
However, we are in full support of the crackdown, as the activities taking place on these buses are nothing short of scandalous and amount to criminal behaviour on the part of the adults in charge of those buses.
The police have told us that, for $300 each, high school students are allowed to travel around on the buses for hours, while engaged in sexual and other activities.
These mobile brothels are fitted with sound systems and other entertainment equipment and are heavily tinted in order to conceal the nefarious activities taking place inside.
It is our hope that the drivers, conductors and any other adults apprehended by the police on these buses are subjected to the maximum penalties under the Child Care and Protection Act and, if possible, the Sexual Offences Act.
That, we believe, will send a strong signal to any deviant harbouring thoughts of getting their kicks from that activity.
But even as the police and justice system deal with these perverts, we cannot ignore the issue of poor parenting that accompanies this behaviour by students.
The fact that children can ride around on buses all day without their absence from school being detected by their parents suggests a lack of monitoring.
Most schools, we know, encourage parents to keep abreast of their children's educational progress by communicating with their teachers and through robust participation in parent/teachers associations.
We acknowledge that there are a number of State initiatives aimed at assisting adults to become better parents, and, from all reports, they seem to be making a difference.
However, the fact that children are still falling prey to deviant adults suggests a need for greater involvement of well-thinking adults in the lives of our children.
In that regard, we again encourage Jamaicans to support the Child Development Agency's appeal for communities to ensure that children are protected.
Turning a blind eye to any form of abuse of children is just as bad as committing the abuse.
We are sure that the degenerates who operate these party buses would not wish to see their own daughters or sisters engaged in that activity.