Needed: A culture of better parenting

Monday, August 27, 2018

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Dear Editor,

We have grown accustomed to living in a society where extreme violence is increasingly becoming standard currency for the resolution of even minor disputes.

We have become regular silent witnesses to the suffering meted out to our young boys and girls who are preyed upon sexually. We no doubt live in a country where manhood is defined by the ability “fi get a yute”.

All of the above notwithstanding, the recent murders of two young, beautiful children should be considered new levels of depravity. The murders of Shanoya Wray and Yetanya Francis stand out, even in a country desensitised to violence. These heinous acts stand out not only because the victims were children whose deaths were preceded by sexual predation, but more so for the brutal nature of the crimes.

Life for these two young girls, as is the case for far too many young people, was nasty, brutish and short. These crimes, on the face of it, appear somewhat calculated;no doubt premised on the belief that in a society like ours, impunity is of a greater likelihood than any form of punishment.

Both of these young girls, in spite of their seeming background of poverty — could have arisen to be anything — a star athlete or a prime minister. but instead, their relatives will have to settle for their names being added to a monument in downtown Kingston — monument which is running out of space.

We have grown accustomed to many things, including the messages of outrage and condemnation from our leaders, but what we need now is a new course, and it has to start with a culture of better parenting.

Noel Matherson

noelmatherson@gmail.com

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