As far as Minister of Education Ronald Jones is concerned, too many people are much too naked and far too exposed while jumping on the road at Grand Kadooment.
Addressing Youth Explosions’ annual church service Sunday morning at the St David’s Anglican Church in Christ Church, Jones did not say if moral police should be employed to keep those who practise “naked exposure” off the road.
However, he said the level of nakedness was absolutely appalling, and he appealed to revellers to “lift the standard of respect”.
“I’m extremely appalled at some of the behaviour I’ve seen on the streets. Some of the nakedness and exposure at a time where there is supposed to be an expression of life, and revival of hope has become a very naked exposure on the streets,” he said.
“I continue to encourage Quincy [Jones] and Youth Explosion to maintain high standards on the road. I urge those who are in our bands and celebrating and those who are watching and so on to make a conscious effort to lift the standard of respect. When you go on the streets, behave well. Encourage good practice.”
As he has done in the past, Jones pointed an accusing finger at adults, suggesting they did not set the right example for the youth to follow.
He made reference to the recent mob attack by students of The Lester Vaughan School on a fellow pupil, saying the blame belonged to the grown-ups.
“Only recently I’ve seen the condemnation of some school children at one of our schools and people were harsh on these children, and I said youth follow the examples of adults. We should not be harsh on them. We should be harsh on ourselves. When they see, they do. We need to give voice to every nook and cranny of our country to ensure that our young people are truly a reflection of the future that we want. Sometimes all the negativity that we put down on our young people is unfair,” Jones stressed.