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OCA vexed after child ‘bruk-out’ at political meeting

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson
Adults gyrating at a JLP meeting in Junction, St Elizabeth.
Comrades find time to wine at a PNP meeting in Yallahs, St Thomas.

The Office of the Children Advocate (OCA) has come out strongly against a video that features a child, believed to be about eight years old, gyrating sexually while being cheered on by adults at a political meeting in the St Ann North Eastern constituency recently.

The video, which was brought to the OCA's attention last week, and which has since been trending on social media, is just under five minutes long and shows the little girl dancing to sexually explicit dancehall lyrics at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) meeting.

Encircled by the adults clad in green T-shirts, the child competed with adult females as she received cheers from members of the crowd and the sound's selector.

Her dance moves were, on numerous occasions, instructed by someone who appeared to be a female guardian, who openly rebuked criticism from other adults opposed to the child's behaviour.




"Having viewed the video, it is of concern. This concern is not so much based on the fact that the incident is alleged to have occurred at a political meeting, but because of the inappropriate behaviour that was on display," said Children's Advocate Dianne Gordon-Harrison.

"While there is no criminal breach to be found under the Childcare and Protection Act, in relation to the adults who were seemingly goading these children on, it is noted that the statute frowns upon unsavoury behaviour and its associates when it comes to children," added Harrison as she urged adults to be more responsible with the children in their care.

"I think nothing is wrong with children attending political rallies, seeing the democracy at work, but certain behaviour is not appropriate," said the Reverend Dr Garnett Roper, head of the Jamaica Theological Seminary.

"They have to be trained, and we have to have PG ratings for all the conduct and the language at these meetings. They must be appropriate for our children," stressed Roper.

Children at political rallies has become a regular sight, but recently, one mother was condemned after she was seen with her crying four month-old baby in the crowd at the People's National Party mass rally in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew.