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Lewd promotion at school angers education ministry

Saturday, August 04, 2012

A poster said to be promoting an entertainment event at a Corporate Area primary school, at which thousands of dollars are on offer for persons to strip themselves naked, prompted the Ministry of Education to state clearly that schools should not be used for lewd events.

A copy of the flyer sent to the Jamaica Observer by the education ministry appeared to be promoting an event dubbed "Naked Jaggerthon", which it said was sponsored by a popular local alcoholic drink.

The event said to be put on by the alumni of two prominent tertiary institutions, was scheduled to be held at the "Shortwood Practising school field" on Independence Day, Monday, August 6 at "2:00 am sharp", according to the flyer. The poster had the logo of the drink as well as the logos of the two institutions prominently displayed.

Prizes on offer, the flyer said, were $5,000 each for "Best Naked Male", "Best Naked Female", "Male with the Biggest Penis" and "Female with the Biggest Naked Bottom".

Also, "the first six-butt naked couple win a special prize of $2,000 and gift certificate of your choice", the poster said.

The poster said the event was free and that patrons should "wear your clothes to the venue then take them off".

Also, handwritten on the copy of the flyer were the words, "no cellphones, no camera, no taping devices allowed" and "security tight".

The flyer also had a phone number to call "Tony" for information.

The Observer called the number supposedly to ask about parking for the event. A male answered, angrily expressing that he knew nothing about the promotion.

"What? I don't know nothing about that. I have been getting a number of calls about this. It seems somebody has been using my number (to promote the event)", the upset man shouted.

Meanwhile, the ministry in its release, expressed alarm that a prominent local primary school was referenced as the venue for this planned event promoting lewd and vulgar behaviour.

"The Ministry of Education does not support this event and deplores and rejects indecent exhibition and disorderly behaviour. School properties must never be utilised for inappropriate behaviour which will contribute to the social, moral decay of society and children's sense of good values," the release said.

The ministry also stated that "no event of this nature will be taking place at the Shortwood Practising Primary School". The release said school properties were available for public use for "events and activities that promote the health, growth, mental well-being and development of the nation's children".

Efforts to speak with ministry officials to get further information were unsuccessful yesterday.

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