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Parents must rise to responsibility

Published:Tuesday | January 30, 2018 | 12:02 AM


I couldn't agree more with the thesis of an article published on Friday, January 26, 2018, from the Gleaner Crime Forum titled 'Unruly Teens: Indiscipline in schools fuelling crime, says Westmoreland educator'.

Last year, police statistics indicated that youngsters between the ages of 15 and 24 were involved in serious and violent crimes. We did not need police statistics to show us, as it is an obvious trend. Jamaica's youth have somehow become uncaring, callous, morally decrepit and unpatriotic.

While this decay may be attributed to myriad factors, the breakdown of the family most easily correlates. When educators fail to properly teach and socialise those entrusted to them, a closer look must be given to family life.

Jamaica's crime problem stems from years of social neglect. The surge of teenage pregnancy years ago created a generation of young, inexperienced parents who themselves lacked guidance. Thus, they could not impart morals to their children. Years later, these misguided children wreak havoc in their schools and communities, and fall prey to gang recruitment.

We cannot expect our educators and police to salvage us from our failures. Let's not only hold the prime minister and Government accountable but ourselves, too! 'Wha gone bad a mawnin cyaah come good a evening,' but we can commit to creating an environment that upholds good values, principles and shuns criminal activity and its perpetrators.

Maybe then, we can create a new culture, of patriotism, compassion and community.