We must protect the children
A teacher sits alone in a classroom at Beulah All-Age School mourning the savage murder of two students — 10-year old Shemari Smith and her five-year-old sister Kafana — on Tuesday.

Dear Editor,

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) sdeeply regrets the loss of a family of five in which a 34-year-old mother, her 15-year-old, 10-year-old and 5-year-old daughters, and her 23-month-old son died at New Road near Chapelton, Clarendon.

This most disheartening news has given us pause, yet again, to reflect on what is happening with our nation. Children are the future of our nation; we must protect them at any cost.

The NPTAJ strongly condemns all acts of violence and expresses its solidarity with the relatives of the victims. The protection of our citizens is important to the NPTAJ, and we are here to provide support to the families.

In the wake of this the NPTAJ is cognisant of the need to do even more across the length and breadth of Jamaica to engage parents and their families. We offer our deepest condolence to the families of the victims, and we are ready to help in any area that we can.

The NPTAJ calls upon our security forces to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice in swift and decisive action. We also recommend that when families have conflicts, please immediately seek help and counselling before resorting to violence. We need each other to make a better Jamaica.

National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica

C/o Ministry of Education

2-4 National Heroes Circle

Kingston 4


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