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The video on social media of a
mother's brutal beating of her 12-
year-old daughter for allegedly post-
ing intimate photos on Facebook has
upset people way beyond the shores
of your island.
I try to imagine that 12-year-old's
humiliation at school, not only be-
cause of the beating, but because of
the publication of her alleged mis-
deeds in posting the photos. While I
cannot properly conclude much from
the video, it does not appear to me
from her reactions that the child is an
incorrigible "bad girl".
I cannot help but wonder what ould
have been the outcome if the mother
had sat her down, given her a stern
talking to, and banned her from all so-
cial media for an initial three months. I
think the mother lost an opportunity
to build love and trust between her-
self and her daughter.
Instead, it is almost certain that the
child's distress will morph into hatred
and into really anti-social behaviour.
Would anyone be surprised if the little
girl, in misery and shame, disappears
from her district?
Almost as disturbing as the video
itself was the fact that another young
girl was flitting in and out of camera
range going about her chores and
other children were heard in the back-
ground while the horrendous beating
was being administered. From their
lack of concern or even interest, it
would seem that such beatings are
While I do not call for the arrest of
the mother, what is certain is that
there is need for intervention by the
relevant authorities to try to avert
what appears to be a tragedy in the
Effective April 2014, students
of the Good Shepherd
Anglican School in Tunapuna
have been debarred from entering
the school s compound before
This is a decision taken by the
principal who issued letters to
parents last term notifying them
of this new development.
Whatever the reasons this deci-
sion does not sit well with me as
a parent for the following rea-
1. The only place for children
who are dropped off to school
earlier is the nearby savannah.
There, students do not enjoy the
comfort of a secure environment
since, left out there, they are
magnets for unsavoury charac-
2. The rainy season is immi-
nent. What are parents to do if it
is raining? What are the children
to do if it begins to rain and
their parents have left?
3. There is no pavement out-
side the school where students
can stand prior to gaining access
to the school s compound.
4. The gates to the compound
of the nearby church are securely
locked, denying students an
alternative waiting area.
5. Where are the toilet facilities
for these young people to utilise
while they await the opening of
their school gates?
This is yet another instance of
adults leaving the most innocent
and defenceless among us to fend
for themselves. As soon as one of
them (children) is abused there is
a hue and cry about the mon-
sters in our midst. If the princi-
pal and her staff profess to be
dedicated, committed teachers,
then they ought to have no prob-
lem publicly stating for the
record, their reasons/rationale for
resorting to this kind of action.
It is mind-boggling to me that
a principal, with or without the
sanction of the Anglican Board,
would resort to such a measure,
regardless of the issues with
which he/she is confronted as the
chief executive administrator of
I would like to think that all
parents and guardians of the stu-
dents are awaiting some clarifica-
tion as to whether this is going
to be a permanent measure or
some other provisions are yet to
SCHOOL NOT BEING A GOOD
SHEPHERD TO ITS STUDENTS
YEVETTE L DAVIDSON
J'Ouvert band to
bring awareness of
Oh what a joy! Finally a corporate
entity is aligning itself with a group
of people who are seeking to bring
awareness to kidney disease and
renal failure in our beloved country.
A random check would suggest that
every household is in some way or
other affected by this medical condi-
tion, so kidney failure has become
one of this country's fastest grow-
ing medical challenges.
Metal Industries Company Insti-
tute of Technology has stepped up
to the plate in endorsing the efforts
of a group of patients and staff of
John Hayes Memorial Kidney Foun-
dation in bringing awareness to the
general public on the implications of
This year the group has decided
to "play yuh mas" by bringing
awareness via a J'Ouvert band in
Point Fortin Borough celebrations to
highlight the plight of those suffer-
ing with kidney disease. The band
will try to sensitise the general pub-
lic that this disease can affect each
and every one of us, and invariably
has done so to a large extent.
Hats off to MIC and every other
organisation which sees this as a vi-
able project to be associated with.
Thank you MIC!
When will govt
From information gathered, it ap-
pears that since 1986 to present, gov-
ernment monthly-paid retirees have
received only two paltry increases to
their salaried monthly pensions.
These were obtained during 2000-
Further, the sum total of both in-
creases amounted to perhaps just a
few hundred dollars more for the mid-
dle and upper income earners.
So that for the past ten years,
nothing more has been done by way
of increases and these "unfortunates"
have had to resort to sub-standard
living to make ends meet.
Being one of them, I fervently plead
to the relevant authorities to redress
our grievance without delay.
Retired Principal I, 1986,
With the load to heavy to bear a member of Emmanuel Community
carries a cross on wheels during Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
The community is based at Rosalino Street, Woodbrook.
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
CROSS ON WHEELS
Mother lost chance to build love, trust
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