Ministry to pay funeral expenses for 8-y-o found hanging

Ministry to pay funeral expenses for 8-y-o found hanging

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams, says the ministry will cover the funeral expenses for eight-year-old Naomi Jones who died at her home in Commodore, St Catherine on the weekend.

The eight-year-old was found hanging inside her family's home.

During a visit to the home yesterday, Williams expressed condolence and assured the family members that grief counsellors from the ministry will continue to work with them.

She said that the ministry's support team was activated immediately to “make sure that they are here in person, to support you”.

Williams said that the staff at the ministry was devastated by the eight-year-old's death.

“We consider the children in the education system to be our children. It touched our hearts, because we are parents as well,” she noted.

“It is not something that anyone would wish to happen to someone. Our children are precious, they are innocent, and as adults it is a special privilege that we have to take care of them and guide them,” she noted.

Principal of Linstead Primary and Junior High, Gloria Johnson, who was at the home, also pledged the full support of the school community.

She praised the stepfather of her late student, Howard Marshall, for the role he played in her life.

“The love, the attachment, everything that we would want from a male figure, he gave to the child, and the school is behind them,” the principal said.

Members of the ministry's counselling unit, personnel from the regional office, the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), and officials from the Linstead Primary and Junior High School also visited the family.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT