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Society must work to protect minors – Children's Advocate

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 5:08 AM
Gordon Harrison

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison says disclosures that 304 children were murdered over the last five years highlights what she calls the crisis regarding minors and their safety in Jamaica.

Education and Youth Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, released data in the Senate on Friday indicating that from 2011 to  2016, some 304 children were killed.

The Children's Advocate says she would have preferred to get a breakdown of the circumstances under which the children were killed.

However, she noted that it is clear that the society must work to protect its youngest and most vulnerable.

Meanwhile, the Education Minister has reported that despite the killings, schools where some of the incidents happened have been recording a decline in violent acts. 

Reid noted that there were seven attacks against schoolchildren between January and April this year. 

He did not give figures for last year or any other breakdown which angered Opposition Senator Wensworth Skeffrey.

Skeffery had tabled the questions on school violence. 

He has suggested that the education ministry regularly assess all its anti-violence strategies to ensure they are being effective.