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JTA condemns upsurge in violence against children

Monday, October 22, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) today expressed concern about the increasing number of children going missing, those being killed and the frequent reports of the brutal attacks on school aged children.

Its condemnation follows the murder of 14-year-old Raven Wilson, whose mutilated body was found in a plastic bag, metres away from her home in the Top Hill community of St Ann's Bay yesterday after she was reported missing on Friday.

She was a third form student of the Ocho Rios High School in St Ann.

The JTA said it believes the luring and killing of the students bring into sharp focus, the dangers to which our children in schools and some communities are exposed.

The association said it categorically condemns the latest killings and stands ready to assist the government and civil society in whatever way possible to devise strategies to stem these vicious attacks on our children so that the business of education is not frequently interrupted.

“Law abiding citizens should also make their voices heard as an attack on our children is a threat to the teaching profession, by extension the education sector and the stability of the nation”, the JTA said.

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