Comments coming thick and fast on case involving Moravian Minister Rev Rupert Clarke

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Observer readers have been weighing in on the paper’s lead story yesterday which explored the new twist in the case involving Rev Rupert Clarke, who was charged last week by the police for rape and carnal abuse. The call for the principal of Hampton School to resign by KSAC Councillor Kari Douglas, after Murray was present for the bail hearing of Rev Clarke, has also received several comments from
Observer’s online readers.

Here are some selected comments as posted by readers.

AlBSure – Lots of people have indicated a step down from the position would be in order. This is the problem with Jamaica — professionals overlook their responsibility and come up with lame reasons to justify it.

Lindel Mc Cormack – Physician heal thyself first. A few years ago something fishy took place under the nostril of Ms Douglas and she was willing to look the other way and went on to lambast all those who called for certain resignation. Talk about selective morality.

Sentiments – Enough of Mrs Murray now. I don’t hear anybody asking questions about the girl’s parents/guardian as to why she was out at 9:00 pm... parents need to know where their minors are, especially at that time of the night. I think Mrs Murray should be given a chance as one act of indiscretion should not wipe out all the good of her being an excellent principal.

Jamaica a mi blood line – Pure neng neng inna mi ears. Sen who fi go prison and help who fi get help.

PhilT McNasty
– Figet being principal...what about di principle?

Derrick Hennie – If these reports of threats to the girl’s family are true, then we need not ponder why criminal activities are so high. Too many people in our country support lawlessness. I see the principal’s support for the accused as that of a true friend. If anyone of us finds ourself in a similar state we would need the support of friends, as bad as the case is. Now, we don’t say we are friends only when all is going well. She signed the bond, although his wife was not in court. Makes me wonder. If, however, she tries to influence the outcome of the trial in Mr Clarke’s favour, then that is a different matter; I would question the principal’s integrity.

Brothermanne – In keeping with the Gospel’s message, the denomination of the clergyman should have taken the lead in securing bail for the accuser, since they cannot deny responsibility for him. I also have to say that Murray did not commit any crime and is well within her right as a private citizen to post bail for the man who, by the way, is innocent until proven otherwise. They that are without sin, let them cast the first stone

Anthony II brothermanne – I get so sick and tired of this rubbish about "they that are without sin, let them cast the first stone." I hope that when there are murders and gun shootings and other acts of mayhem that you will also encourage people to shut their mouths, which is effectively what some of you are doing by misusing Christ’s admonition. Do you think Christ would have sat by and said nothing about someone, who is supposedly following him, abusing a child, and have a leader of young girls go out to bail him? Do you think Christ would want people to sit quietly? Stop misusing Christ’s admonition! Next time you hear of a murder of one of your loved ones, and you hear of community members supporting the murderer, just SHUT YOUR MOUTH and say nothing, since you are ‘with sin’.

Jamaica Time – MrTrevor Blake what is wrong with you too!? What is this about student being in support of their principal!? Rubbish!! These are children and would have supported their beloved principal without thinking rationally!!! This is the problem with you people in authority in this country!! Most of us have seemly lost good sense!! Most of these very students, in a few years when they have mature more, will say differently about their principal! Mark my word!!

Dougy Jamaica Time – These students are confused and scared and do not want to do anything to tarnish their school record or block their chances.

Niceladyjam Jamaica Time – I totally agree. When I was in high school I would have supported my principal too.

Level headed one Jamaica Time – Spot on, brother(sister)!!

Andyb – I wonder if Kari Douglas will be this vocal when, not if, another one of her political colleagues on either side is found wanting? Was she this vocal when it was revealed that $600 million of taxpayers’ money was used to provide road bushing work to members of one party leading up to the recent local govt election? Is Kari Douglas aware that many of her political colleagues are of very low moral and ethical character? We will be following you.

Fieldgar Andyb – With due respect, but this is not a political matter!

Chapter1 H.Kiffin – The ‘diehawtid’ posse do not take off green and orange shirts, all wen they are dirty. It’s is always about mi ‘pawty’, whether or not the issue is of a political nature .




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