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EDITORIAL - Another simulated 'gun salute'

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A week ago, this newspaper drew attention to the action of a young athlete at the Issa/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships who, having successfully completed his event, pointed to the stands in simulated gunfire. It is a kind of celebration, mimicking the real gun salute that takes place at some events, that reinforces the idea that gun is merely a benign instrument of celebration.

We believe that was inappropriate behaviour, which ought not to be condoned. Last week, while we identified the school he attended, we gave neither his name nor the discipline in which he performed. Nor do we do so now.

But Saturday night, at the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands, broadcast on domestic television, we were shocked by what unfolded: same boy, same event, same outcome, same celebration.

We still hold that such behaviour is inappropriate.

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