Education Ministry mourns with Dunoon Technical, student murdered
The Education Ministry has joined the Dunoon Technical High School in mourning last night’s murder of 17-year-old student John-Michael Hett in Portmore, St Catherine.
According to the Constabulary Communication Network, at about 8:30, the student and two other men were walking along the Arumdel roadway in Waterford, when they were pounced upon by armed men who opened fire, hitting them.
All three were taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where the teen was pronounced dead.
The Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says it is unfortunate for anyone to lose their life unnecessarily, particularly a young person in the prime of their education.
He says the ministry sympathises with Michael’s family and the school community, who must be devastated.
Thwaites says the student’s killing points to the wider issue of a dysfunctional society with unclear values.
He says young Jamaicans are very vulnerable in a context where persons resort to violence to resolve issues.
The Education Minister stresses that there is even greater importance for the values and attitudes campaign in schools and strong mentoring, through uniformed groups.
He says schools have to be reconfigured as the institutions to provide the appropriate values and mores, not just to students, but the wider society as well.
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