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Youthful exuberance?

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

I am heartened by your editorial yesterday, expressing concern about the gesture made by a Kingston College athlete after successfully completing his effort in the high jump. I was watching the event on television with a friend, and we were both disturbed by the gesture and the comment that it represented on where we are today as a society.

Some may be tempted to dismiss it as yet another outburst of 'youthful exuberance', but the ease with which that youngster fell into a gun-shooting pose should provoke a sense of disquiet in any right-thinking person. As I watched it on the replays, I wondered whether anything would come of it, or if it would simply pass unnoticed in the hype and drama of Champs.

The newspaper's decision to speak out on it has reaffirmed my faith that all is not yet lost in Jamaica.

Hopefully, your editorial com-ment will have the right effect on the vast Kingston College fraternity, including the many distinguished 'old boys' and academic staff, and someone will speak to this young athlete and indeed the KC community about what is appropriate and what is not. The legendary 'Fortis' pride in that school's achievements over the years must be complemented by a sense of responsibility for the moulding of the young minds passing through its gates each day.

I am, etc.,

N. Patrick McDonald