Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Newly installed custos of Westmoreland, the Rev-erend Canon Hartley Perrin, challenged the more than 1,000-strong school population at Cornwall College (CC) in Montego Bay, St James, to be wary of the tight-pants, tattoo and demonic music culture now sweeping the nation.
Perrin, who was addressing the school's prize-giving service and awards ceremony at the Calvary Baptist Church last week, implored the boys to remain focused on hard work, take a careful and disciplined approach to tasks, and exercise a willingness to go harder to achieve academic and other goals.
"Some boys like to wear their pants tight and appear like other popular people … with their skin covered with graffiti," said Perrin. "The boys at CC are not going to be led astray by persons who are heading in the wrong direction. You know who you are and you have an identity. You don't have to allow others to lead you in the wrong way."
He drew reference to one emerging star on the local dancehall circuit (whose name he did not call), who he said was producing music that is directly linked to the devil. He said such musical offerings should be avoided.
"There is a special new DJ on the market that the boys know all too well because sometimes they are plugged in to his music," said Perrin. "He will tell you that his music epitomises the devil himself … . If we do not know, the only destination to that music is hell because that is where the devil lives."
Perrin used the opportunity to commend those parents who continues to make tremendous sacrifices for their children, a fact which is sometimes overshadowed and marred by those who fail to measure up to their responsibilities.
Adrian Johnson, a grade-12 prefect, copped several awards, including the Principal's Cup. His prizes included the Order of Merit for the Most Outstanding Scholar with a straight-A profile in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations.
The inaugural Matthew Reid Award for Excellence in Information Technology was won by Ja-Reyne Allen. The award was named in memory of a grade-11 student, Matthew Reid, who was robbed and stabbed to death on March 26 last year at a plaza in Montego Bay.