Government’s top legal advisor today said he intended to hold responsible, the parents of children who perpetrate acts of violence against fellow students or teachers.
Responding to a recent viral video which showed a female student being beaten merciless by a group of fellow students, an impassioned Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said he would revisit the juvenile legislations to ensure parents are made culpable for the behaviour of their children.
In the video, which went viral on social media, a Lester Vaughan Secondary School student is seen being chased down by an angry mob — some of whom could be heard hurling loud expletives — before she fell to the ground and was repeatedly kicked in the head by some of her peers.
Speaking this morning on the sidelines of a three-day anti-money laundering workshop at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel, Brathwaite charged that some parents were neglecting their responsibility to properly train their children.
“The parents turn up, if they do turn up, and make noise, even before the teacher has [anything] to say they begin making noise. In the old days on the other hand, the teachers were so well respected, now you hear stories of teacher being attack by parents themselves. Something has gone wrong in that regard. What we need to do is going back to where we started in terms of our juvenile legislation. We need to, and I intend to hold parents as accountable because they have to be held accountable,” Brathwaite said.
The Attorney General also contended that the issue remained a complex one which would require a meeting of heads of all stakeholders in order to address the root cause of the problems facing young people.
He also stressed the need to equip schools with the adequate resources to combat the problems.
“It is a complex issue, it is just not one thing and not the other and that is why you heard my call to my colleagues to let us get together. I have been saying for years that I rather not get involved in these issues because by the time I get involved get as AG, it is before the court.
“Let us treat to the root problem. If the root problem is the bad behaviour among the juveniles in the schools, then let’s give the schools the resources they require. You hear that more and more, we need guidance counsellors. If that’s the case then we have to find the resources to provide them,” Brathwaite stressed.