KINGSTON — Michael Ellis, principal of Green Pond High School, St James, has said authorities are now battling a new generation of youth, who are operating under what he has dubbed a culture of gangs, guns and ganja.
“Our young people have developed a sub-culture that they call the G-culture — gangs, guns and ganja — and they don’t seem to have much appetite for character-based activities or ethics, said Ellis.
“They are more so for anything that will project them as the ‘don’, as the centrepiece of attraction, the power broker, the bull-buck and ‘duppy’ conqueror. That’s how they want to be seen.”
Ellis, who was addressing the graduating ceremony for parents and students of the Behaviour Modification Project, hosted by the Family and Parenting Centre, Montego Bay, last week, said today’s youth believe that to be docile, calm and have integrity is not admirable or desirable.
“They prefer to bore their tongues and their navels, mark their bodies, bleach their skins and wear revealing clothes, with very little left to the imagination, while they plunge further and further into degradation,” noted Ellis.
The principal said the last 10 years has seen a new wave of technological access to information and the spawning of the cyber generation, which operates on a premise of social-media scandals, “sexting”, hopelessness and low self-esteem.
Turning the spotlight on parents, Ellis questioned the notion of parents who argued that children do not need to go to church to be morally sound and develop good ideals, intimating that these attributes could be acquired or learnt at home.
“The present reality is proving otherwise. Many of our homes are broken and lack proper structure. The children are in charge of themselves and, sometimes, call the shots in the homes. There are no rules or regulation and guiding principles, and so the children are left to roam like wild beasts,” said Ellis
According to Ellis, children from such situations generally, lack discipline and believe they can bring it to the classroom.
“They go out anytime they feel at nights and return anytime they want to. They come to school thinking that they should not respect school rules or authority figures,” added Ellis. (Gleaner)