THE EDITOR, Sir:
While I am disturbed by the lewd images portrayed in that highly publicised video of the Maggotty High School students, I am troubled by some other things.
When one watches the yearly carnival march, many lewd acts take place. Where is the outcry against those acts? Many scantily dressed revellers, particularly the seasoned ones, engage in imbibing large quantities of alcohol and dance in not dissimilar fashions to what was shown on the aforementioned video.
All this takes place on our public streets, in view of impressionable children and teenagers. Is there not a double standard at play here?
Hopefully, after two years, those teenagers who partook of those lewd acts would have seen the error of their ways.
I think expelling any girl identified in the video who danced lewdly will cause far more harm than good. Have we, as a society, become unforgiving, selectively judgmental and forgetful that counselling is a tool that should be used before resorting to harsh punishment?
Last, have we forgotten about that not long-ago publicised photo of a certain Cabinet minister doing the 'chicken back dance' with a woman at a Port Antonio high school?
If one Maggotty High School student is expelled, should not the same punishment be meted out to this said minister?
PATRICK A. GALLIMORE