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St Thomas youth at risk

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The violent acts against children have once more come to the doorsteps of St Thomas.

In what can only be described as an act of cowardice against a vulnerable child, the life of Kayalicia was snuffed away.

Violence against children cannot be tolerated. We need to protect our children because, without them, there is no future.

Generation 2000 St Thomas chapter regrets the brutal slaying of Kayalicia Simpson. We implore residents to cooperate with the police in bringing her killers to justice .

For too long, we have sat idly by and allowed the crime monster to prey upon our children. We need to take a stand and return to community parenting. Return to good values and community partnership as we become more vigilant in protecting our young ones.

Harsher laws need to be put in place to punish those who are responsible for crimes against the nation's children.

However, these laws cannot be effective if residents do not cooperate with the police and bring the perpetrators to justice. I implore the residents not to take matters into their own hands, but to allow the police to carry out their duties.

St Thomas has lost a prospective leader, a daughter, a sister. In the words of the late Sir Alexander Bustamante, "The youth of a nation are the trustees of prosperity". Let us work with the law-enforcement officers to restore peace and togetherness to the community of Yallahs and Jamaica as a whole.

Let us protect our children and make this land we love a safer one for each and every one of us.

On behalf of G2k St Thomas I express deepest condolences to the family at this time and hope they find the comfort they will need at this time to cope with their loss.

Catilda Frazer-Archat

Chairperson

G2K St Thomas