THE EDITOR, Sir:
Many moons ago, residents who were not necessarily related to children in the community would take an interest in the lives of these children.
They would do so by asking the children pertinent questions when they seem to be in the wrong place or doing the wrong thing. Reports would then be made to the parents, even when the children did nothing wrong, and appropriate action taken. In essence, the community kept an eye on the children.
When did Jamaica arrive at this point where parents claim their children are 'beyond control'? How did these children reach the stage of 'beyond control'?
When parents are ineffective, other agents of socialisation such as schools are pressured. The Child Care and Protection Act should be strictly enforced so that prescribed persons, and persons who become parents, whether intentionally or otherwise, be held accountable for the nation's children.