Put an end to 'lapping up'!
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I wish to draw to the public's attention a problem which we, as students, have been facing for a while now.
I consider as distasteful the 'lapping up' (that is, sitting on a boy's or girl's lap in public buses or taxis) in order to ensure that the bus or taxi driver makes the maximum amount of money possible. This dangerous practice must be stopped.
If the students refuse to lap up, they are verbally abused by the drivers and sometimes left stranded. Some students are afraid of the drivers and conform to their wishes, as if they don't have a choice.
Children must stand up for their rights, especially the girls. We must be handled with respect, but we must first respect ourselves.
Coupled with the lapping up incidents is the practice of speeding. Some drivers are reckless and uncaring and speed unnecessarily. Can you imagine the weeping and wailing if and when one of these vehicles crashes?
Excess passengers, lapping up, speeding, and loud and lewd music constitute a concoction for disaster.
Student, Claude McKay High
James Hill PO, Clarendon