Seven escape juvenile detention facility

Police have launched an islandwide search for seven boys who escaped from the Government Industrial School at Dodds, St Philip, last night. Before their detention, the teenagers lived in the St Michael, St George, St James and Christ Church areas.

Lawmen say they want help from the public in getting the boys back at the
Dodds facility.

Those unaccounted for are 17-year-old Shane Anthony Greene of Fairfield Road, Black Rock, 15-year-old Reco Rajon Eversley of Glebe Land,
St George, 15-year-old Kishawn Diego Barton of 2nd Avenue, Railway Road, Carrington Village, and 15-year-old Tafari Tafrica Taylor of First Avenue, Jackson.

Three other minors, 14-year-old Shawn Jaquan Jordan of Haynesville, St James, 15-year-old Amara Raheen Tudor of Hill Road, Bank Hall, and 15-year-old Joshua Kaleb Jackson of Pegwell Bogg, Christ Church, are also wanted.

When contacted earlier today, principal of the detention centre, Erwin Leacock declined to give details of the escape, referring Barbados TODAY to the police, whom he said were investigating the matter.

A UNICEF study carried out in Barbados, Dominica and St Lucia between August and November, 2010 found that the perceived prevalence of juvenile offending in this country was 40 per cent among boys and 19 per cent among girls.

These figures were, however, generally believed to be more a situation of under-reporting, than actual cases.

Focus group participants in Barbados also felt that boys, more so than girls, were offending and that both sexes were now committing the same kinds of crimes, regardless of the seriousness of the act.

With respect to the nature of offences committed by juveniles, respondents in Barbados mentioned stealing, drug-related offences and assault and violence, as the top three most serious offences.

Other infractions mentioned were sexual offences, deviant behaviour, gang-related activities and wandering.

It is not known the offences of the seven boys who escaped from the Government Industrial School.

Focus groups in Barbados, the study showed, cited some other prominent offences such as gambling and wandering, although they did not regard the latter to be a serious offence. The young participants added vandalism/graffiti (buses and schools) to the list, while the older participants (19 years and older) felt that promiscuity and prostitution should be rated among the prominent offences.

Peer pressure, materialism, lack of parental control, unemployment, drug abuse and the absence of positive role models, were chief among the reasons given by those polled as the major causes of the most serious offences committed by juveniles in Barbados.

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