Stop shielding criminals, Lisa Hanna urges families
Youth Minister Lisa Hanna says criminals who continue to demonstrate scant regard for the value of human life have been shielded for too long and wants family members to start speaking out.
Hanna says the reality is that those criminals who are wreaking havoc in the society live in the communities and have sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers who know of their wrongdoing, but refuse to speak up.
She was addressing students at Norman Manley High School in St Andrew on Thursday, a day after University of Technology student Shanique Walters was brutally killed in Hope Pastures.
The Youth Minister says this has to stop and cautioned that those persons who protect criminals by not reporting them to the police are just as guilty.
She says the time has come for all Jamaicans to channel their energies towards weeding out criminal elements as the government seek to create a safer and more productive environment for children and young people to inherit.