Mother warns son to stay off the blocks

“If you slip even once, I am not coming back!”

That was the firm warning a frustrated mother gave to her 18-year-old son today in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court before agreeing to serve as a surety so that he could be released on bail.

Devonta Andre Blackman of Block 2C, 1st Avenue, South Wildey, St Michael was on remand at HMP Dodds. Today, he was granted $3,000 bail.

However, his mother made her position clear in the No 2 Court presided over by Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

“All the trouble that you are giving, only your family has been there for you, especially me,” she said.

“I am only here because of your grandparents, not because I wholeheartedly want to be here. Stay off the blocks!

“If you slip even once, I am not coming back, even if you plead . . . or cry. Where are your friends now? Not one here to give you support,” Blackman’s mother added as she asked to court to impose a curfew on the teenager.

Blackman, who is charged with a 2013 offence of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old, and two separate assault charges in 2014, was placed on an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

He returns to court on August 31.

13 Responses to Mother warns son to stay off the blocks

  1. Leroy June 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Hmmmm,,do we need a court for these issues? Should a magistrate or judge have to made to sit through these frivolous cases?

    He 16 year old having intercourse with a 14 year old. This need not warrant court when we have more serious cases taking years to even get started.

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  2. Tammie June 28, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Seriously she was 14 an he was 15 wdh smdh… Wasting time man.. Dont they have a juvenile court in bim? If not y not ? Wanna does copy so much from America y not copy the positive things..

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  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 28, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    All the trouble that you are giving, only your family has been there for you, especially me,” she said.

    “I am only here because of your grandparents, not because I wholeheartedly want to be here. Stay off the blocks!
    He is one lucky young man. I ain’t moving, when I last check, your ears wasn’t compressed with wax. I warned you, you got selective hearing and I gone into selective hearing mode.

    “If you slip even once, I am not coming back, even if you plead . . . or cry.
    Where are your friends now? Not one here to give you support.” Great respect for his mum. I hope he realise mum has given him a second chance to redeem himself.

    This advice need to be given to young people, remind them before they go out to socialize with friend, let them know you will not tolerate any nonsense. As I said before you need to be ten steps ahead of the youth today and I mean ten steps. Take your eye off the ball and they are on the road to ruin.

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  4. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson June 28, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    lol why he on the block? and not at how if wanna love he so bad and is do everything for he?

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Boy some people make some comments that have you questioning whether or not a psychological evaluation is warranted. And sometimes I want tah know wah part dem does be living. Since when giving a child all that is required keeps he/she off the block? If such were the case rich folks kids wouldn’t get into trouble.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Listen! The reality of the material driven life keeps kids on the block because when you have two parents out there struggling desperately to keep up with the Joneses to give the kids whatever they need, you then create a situation where kids are left to raise themselves.

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  5. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar June 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Why he is on the block and not in the polytechnic? May be the Social environment, a lack of a father in his life , has driven him to the block. I keep saying, boys need a male model who should be a father figure during the formative years when character is building. You simply can not expect a boy to be like his mother or a mother to be a model in a boy life.

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty June 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      The child needs more than a male model, he needs a positive male role model, but give and take this positive male role model imperfections.

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      • miche June 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

        The child needs a mind.sometimes parents do all that is humanly possible for these unappreciative,hard mouth children,but to no avail,they think that the grass ig greener on the other side,,

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    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce June 28, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Boys and girls need positive role models be it mum, dad, uncle and grand parents, not forgetting teachers, they know first hand what the child is capable of doing. The teachers share their concerns with parents and it’s up to parents, single parent to take heed, support and work together as a unit give advice and help the young person tow the line. Some mums put their needs first forgetting they are the head of the household and failing, failing the welfare of their children. Dads need to be more proactive in their children’s lives don’t wait for them to become famous to start acknowledging their are your children.

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    • miche June 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Because he choose to be,,many times ,both parents are there,,bending over backwards to give the uncaring child the opportunity they never had,,and rather than go to school,,they end up on the block,,,all the while the parents are swearing that the child is at school,,sometimes a stint is what it takes to open their eyes

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  6. BoboTheClown June 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    The head man on de block isn’t going to help you young fella .The only thing he is going to do for you is take any money that you get your hands on . He doesn’t need you for any other purpose.
    At times a little tough love helps, but it does seem as though Mommy has her hands full. I does seem that you Madam has somehow been able to make it absolutely clear that you are not going to aid and abet him if and when he gets himself in trouble again. Most young men at his age somehow seem to think that they are men and knows everything there is about life. If he doesn’t pull up his socks I am afraid now he become a life long “Blocker'” .
    Good luck Mum.

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  7. Tony Waterman June 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    @Hunte Omar!!!! What a bunch of BS, when i was a wee Lad, my Brother was a Pupil at Foundation H.S. and he had a Classmate by the name of Antrobus, who CLEARLY only had his Mother as the ONLY Adult in his Life (Father was long Gone) that young Lad made a Choice, because he saw who was Standing by him Through Thick and Thin, she (his Mother) was an Agricultural Worker (Cutting and Heading Canes) to equip him for School, and he made the CONCIOUS Decision, to Ignore what might have been said, and he went into the Fields at Vacation, and helped his Mother to Increase her output (Bring in more Money) and that allowed him to achieved his Goals of Making his Mother happy in her Old age, he went on to become a Doctor, and achieve what he had set out to do, make her the happiest Mom In the World.

    HE did not end up on the block, because there was no father around, he showed Utter Love and respect for the one Parent who remaind to guide him to Maturity.

    Life is about Choices, who make the Right/Proper Choices WILL acheive what they set out to acheive, the no goods will remain just that NO GOODS, and Clients of Dodds.

    There is a reason why they are TWO Parents. the no Father syndrome is only giving the Failures a Crutch to lean on.

    BTW: Dr.Antrobus was not the only one to succeed without a Father in the House, there was the Late G.C, Also R.W., G.M. and a few more that slipped my mind now, that were all Achievers in Bajan Society.

    ITIS ALL ABOUT CHOICES

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