Where is the help for our youths?

Published: Tuesday | December 10, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Over the past few weeks, I have been reading about the surge of crime and violence in Jamaica.

I acknowledge that many of the points raised are worth examining, especially that of the police commissioner and minister of national security needing to do more.

The problem of crime and violence in Jamaica is not a police or government issue only, it's a Jamaican issue. If we examine the issue closely, we will see a trend building in Jamaica, like many cities around the world. That trend is youth, young people are the number one offenders.

So what is the question that we, as a country, must ask? What is happening to our youths and how do we address that issue? Our youths are fearless, act without thinking, have no regard for authority, and, generally, those who commit these violence acts come from broken homes.

This raises the following questions: Where are the parents in this? Where is the community? Where is the local political representatives? What programmes have been put in place by the councillors and members of parliament (MP) to address the rapid deterioration of our communities?

While it is fair to ask the police and Government to do more, it is also fair that we ask the MPs, councillors and parents what are they doing to contribute to the problem or finding the solutions.

GARY FOSTER

Upliftment Jamaica

St Thomas

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