This nation’s children need daily reminders of the seriousness and dangers of drugs, guns, violence and irresponsible sex.
Justice Carlisle Greaves expressed that view on Tuesday after dealing with yet another illegal firearm and ammunition case in the No. 3 Supreme Court.
Expressing concern about the number of young people appearing in such matters, the judge said: “We have to tell our children, remind them all the time about the seriousness of drugs, the seriousness of gun crimes and violence and the seriousness of other matters every morning, even if we sound like parrots, repeating it, repeating it, repeating it.”
Justice Greaves said this was needed “from primary right through to secondary”, contending that schools were the main institutions where such instruction could be imparted.
“We can’t ask people in the church to help us anymore with these things . . . because who goes to Sunday School anymore? Most of the morals I practised I learnt in the Sunday School . . . but we are a changed society and so the only thing that we really have left is the school,” he said.
Greaves insisted that there was a need to “save” the nation’s children and the matter was so important that education officials simply could not wait for Speech Day to pass on vital advice to students.
“Every day, we have to pull up that script and read it, like the same prayers over and over, like [that of] the Anglican Church, the Catholic Church . . . all the time. They don’t take any chances in those churches . . . they write down everything you got to say and they get up there and repeat all the time . . . and you know what that does? It builds the culture, it builds the kind of behaviour in the community and we have to do the same things in schools.
“Every morning . . . you have to teach a little piece of law in our schools . . . write out the script so that they will memorise it, show them how easy it is to get into trouble.”
However that script, he said, should not only be about the dangers of drugs and gun-associated crimes but also about “the sexual nonsense” that is happening in society.
The judge was making reference to a recent video making the rounds on social media involving school children in a compromising position.
“We have to teach our children in that school assembly on mornings that these things are not jokes, that they will come back to haunt them in their future . . . .We have to teach them that it makes no sense twerking with their naked self ‘bout the place, twerking. . . on [these social media sites].
“We have to get a programme in the morning . . . [where] all those things are [said] over, and over, and over again – like two ones are two; two into two, one – sing it like a song. We need to save these children.
“Keep drilling it in their heads . . . . Put out a poster with the don’ts – the new commandments we can call them,” Justice Greaves added, saying that such must be in a language young people understand such as, “‘big man, no guns . . . or big man, big jail’”.