Police have confirmed they are investigating a video circulating on social media, which shows a boy believed to be of school age smoking what appears to be a marijuana joint.
Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler said the Royal Barbados Police Force, working closely with the Child Care Board (CCB), was looking into the disturbing 85-second recording.
In the video, the young male referred to as Nick by two other males who are engaged in conversation using explicit language and sexual jargon, seemed comfortable as he inhaled and exhaled smoke from the joint.
Cobbler gave no details of the investigation, and CCB Director Joan Crawford declined to comment.
However, the founder and chairman of the Drug Education and Counselling Services (DECS) Roger Husbands warned that based on what he saw in the short clip, parents needed to properly supervise their children to prevent them from participating in illegal activities.
“The issue is that parents leave their children to roam the streets. They don’t have a clue what the children are doing when they aren’t in their presence. This has been happening for years,” Husbands said.
“Parents need to pay closer attention to their children and go out and get help. You need to know where your children are going and whom they are going with and the association.”
The youth advocate charged that the problem was not new, contending that for a long time children were being influenced by adults to smoke pot.
“There are older men who sell drugs to young people. I’m sure that little boy had to learn it from somewhere. He had to get it from somebody. You don’t get up one morning and know how to smoke a joint,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that unless something was done even more young children would get hooked on illegal drugs.
“We have youngsters who . . . may introduce the drug to . . . friends and soon we will have these boys who will get into the habit of smoking, and then the issue will be addictiveness,” he said.
Society’s culpability was also raised by Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Counselling Shawn Clarke, who was convinced that the boy in the video was experienced at smoking marijuana.
“Honestly, it’s pretty disturbing. That young man can’t be no more than ten years old [and] for him to be sitting so comfortably and smoking this thing with so much confidence and skill, it is obviously not the first time he has been engaged in such activity.
“It speaks of a society that is free for all. Our children now have easy access to these substances. We have to stop and check ourselves and think about what is really happening in Barbados,” Clarke stated, going on to call for laws to “seriously deal with adults who are encouraging our children to get involved in [drugs]”
“I don’t think the young man plants marijuana trees so he had to get it from somewhere,” he said.