THE EDITOR, Sir:
You know, while it seems that the cops' decision to take several Cornwall College boys into custody at the Montego Bay Freeport Police Station was heavy-handed, I am concerned for the well-being of kids in school now.
My child just started high school and his pocket was picked on his second day of classes. Yes, at school while in the canteen waiting to buy lunch. When his bag was on his back in the canteen line, the students behind helped themselves to whatever they wanted.
So he has had to remember not to keep his backpack on his back, not to put down his bag unattended, not even to pee.
It's hard enough for them to make the transition to high school, especially if coming from a prep school.
What do parents do when kids come home with stuff that they didn't buy for them? I know it's hard for the good to have to suffer for the bad at times, BUT think, "What if it were your child's bag?"
I know I was barely able to pay auxiliary fees, buy books and uniform and find lunch money for the month. Nowhere in my budget was buying a second bag or books because they would be stolen.
It's sad the disciplinary measures that have to be taken at schools these days.
I know my child was not taken to the police station, and I am by no means justifying it. I am just saying we need to be our brother's keeper. Check the bags, put checks and balances in place, and keep in touch with teacher. It's not easy, especially for single parents, but we have to try.