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Holness preaches against paedophiles, urges better parenting

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 5:44 PMShanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
Andrew Holness

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says several factors including poor parenting, are to be blamed for teen pregnancies.

He made the comments in Frankfield, Clarendon yesterday in reaction to the recent cases of teen pregnancies and killings.

He says such tragic cases are usually caused by a breakdown in the supervision and parenting of children.

And the former education minister says the widespread use of technology and the Internet also makes it difficult for parents to monitor their children's activities.

In two recent high-profile cases, two 14-year-old girls were killed and later found out to have been pregnant.

And in yesterday’s edition of The Sunday Gleaner, it was revealed that a 12-year-old in a community near Frankfield was reportedly impregnated by her cousin.

Holness argues that socio-economic problems force unsuspecting young girls to be easily lured by some of these men who take advantage of them.

The opposition leader says there needs to be a public education campaign about parental responsibility.

And he says the police need to send a message to potential criminals who want to take advantage of young girls that such acts will not be tolerated.