Have patience and await word from the competent authorities!
That’s the advice, which Minister of Education Ronald Jones is giving Barbadians anxious to learn more of the circumstances surrounding the suspected suicide of 12-year-old Shemar Weekes.
News of the tragedy a week ago has left Barbadians wondering why the pre-teen would take his own life. Questions increased after police briefly detained the mother for questioning and released her without comment, followed by the twice re-scheduling of the post-mortem on the youngster’s body.
Responding to a question on the issue at a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Christ Church West Central constituency branch meeting last night, Jones said: “It’s a matter that I would leave to the professionals who are doing their work –– the police, the people doing the autopsy, forensic pathologist and all of that”.
Addressing the group at the Vauxhall Primary School, the Minister of Education said: “As the nation has been shocked, we need to know. But we [Government officials] ourselves can’t tell you anything. We have to wait. And I’m saying patience is a virtue in this.”
He added: “I know the nation is on edge because there is a young person whose life is not among us anymore and, understandably, we should feel a way. Whatever young life is lost . . . either through circumstances that seem a little awry, or by nature acting through some form of cancer or childhood diabetes, even an accident, we feel the collective pain as a people.”
At the same time, Jones offered advice on child care.
“A nation must embrace its children, its people as a whole, but particularly our seeds.”
He conceded: “There are extremes in Barbados . . . in some behaviours that impact on our young people.”