Parents must pay!

AG plans to hold parents responsible for their children’s violent actions

Government’s top legal advisor today said he intended to hold responsible, the parents of children who perpetrate acts of violence against fellow students or teachers.

Responding to a recent viral video which showed a female student being beaten merciless by a group of fellow students, an impassioned Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said he would revisit the juvenile legislations to ensure parents are made culpable for the behaviour of their children.

In the video, which went viral on social media, a Lester Vaughan Secondary School student is seen being chased down by an angry mob — some of whom could be heard hurling loud expletives — before she fell to the ground and was repeatedly kicked in the head by some of her peers.

Speaking this morning on the sidelines of a three-day anti-money laundering workshop at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel, Brathwaite charged that some parents were neglecting their responsibility to properly train their children.

“The parents turn up, if they do turn up, and make noise, even before the teacher has [anything] to say they begin making noise.  In the old days on the other hand, the teachers were so well respected, now you hear stories of teacher being attack by parents themselves.  Something has gone wrong in that regard.  What we need to do is going back to where we started in terms of our juvenile legislation.  We need to, and I intend to hold parents as accountable because they have to be held accountable,” Brathwaite said.

The Attorney General also contended that the issue remained a complex one which would require a meeting of heads of all stakeholders in order to address the root cause of the problems facing young people.

He also stressed the need to equip schools with the adequate resources to combat the problems.

“It is a complex issue, it is just not one thing and not the other and that is why you heard my call to my colleagues to let us get together.  I have been saying for years that I rather not get involved in these issues because by the time I get involved get as AG, it is before the court.

“Let us treat to the root problem. If the root problem is the bad behaviour among the juveniles in the schools, then let’s give the schools the resources they require. You hear that more and more, we need guidance counsellors. If that’s the case then we have to find the resources to provide them,” Brathwaite stressed.

24 Responses to Parents must pay!

  1. Iartin Iackman
    Iartin Iackman May 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I do agree….

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  2. Nickk Moore
    Nickk Moore May 22, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Wow…i actually agree

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  3. Maria Jones
    Maria Jones May 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Agree

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  4. Mhizzjoan Moore
    Mhizzjoan Moore May 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    An I hope the bill is so high that they gotta go out there an sell some ass :/

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  5. Verlyn Waterman
    Verlyn Waterman May 23, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I completely agree with him on this.

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  6. Janel Howell May 23, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I agree on this one. I keep observing our school children. It is serious

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  7. hcalndre May 23, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I`m not sure up to what age a parent is responsible for a child in Barbados, is the AG saying that the parent would face jail time or probation for the act that the child committed?

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  8. DE May 23, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I agreed that some parent, not all should be held responsible, but the Attorney General can go back to sleep. All he did was just wake up and repeat what he heard long time ago.
    The politicians is who have the country in this violent situation that we are in. In order to find favour with the young people, they take away the rights of the parents, guardians and teachers and give then to the children.

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  9. DE May 23, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I agreed that some parent, not all should be held responsible, but the Attorney General can go back to sleep. All he did was just wake up and repeat what he heard long time ago.
    The politicians is who have the country in this violent situation that we are in. In order to find favour with the young people, they take away the rights of the parents, guardians and teachers and give them to the children.

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  10. Bentley May 23, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Good morning one and all

    I want you to read this carefull, think, and if you want/care to, to a search on the Attorney’s General Name, Legislations, and Barbados.

    Here is the most recent extracted from teh story above.

    “an impassioned Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said he would revisit the juvenile legislations ……”

    Since he has taken office, how many times has he said, been quoted as he has to “revisit legislation” in relation to some activity occurring in Barbados.

    How many legislations on the Books of Barbados have been updated since Adriel Brathwaite has become the Attorney General?

    For that matter, look at the state of Barbados since we also have The Chief Justice of Barbados, Sir Marston Gibson. Under these two fine Gentlemen’s tenure, look at the state of Barbados in relation to Crime and Violence at all levels, from children in primary schools right up to Tertiary being involved in crime and violence and slaps on wrist.

    Look at the most serious nature of violence occurring in our beautiful country.

    Read. Look. Listen. Think

    When the Good Keep Quiet, Evil does Flourish

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    • Francis May 23, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Yes Bentley, I agree with your comments. We must think before we act, then again most parents and consumers lack critical thinking skills, hence the overall poor state of the society. Thanks to our mis-education system a good brain is hard to come by!

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      • Jennifer May 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

        @Bentley and Francis – Could not have said it better myself. And all the house negro type who feel them is out of all of it and riding in them vehicles with rolled up windows, it is you who the delinquent ones will come to take out.
        @DE – the AG is responsible for a lot of this mess, and being all sappy on crime. These big heads keep letting those other nations white wash us with their garbage and child rights junk, among other things – such as UNESCO, WHO the whole lot of them.

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  11. Thunder May 23, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Even though I do agree that parents should have to pay for what ever medical bills,the child’s parents had to pay,how can a parent be held accountable for everything a child does.
    Did the parents send their children to bully this girl,I honestly think children should be accountable for their own actions,because a child can make bad for parents,especially when they realise they don’t have to worry about consequences.
    Stop sheltering these children,I also believe the school should also take responsibility as well,when you see situations like this brewing at school,it should be capped,if students see a child being buillied tell a teacher, If the situation becomes violent call in the parents or a guardian to take the child home.

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  12. Andrew Simpson May 23, 2017 at 8:56 am

    The examples set by our leaders go a long way toward shaping the society in which we live.

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  13. Donild Trimp May 23, 2017 at 9:49 am

    @Thunder – Parents can be “held accountable” for criminal acts of their underage children.

    The AG is on the right track with this one.

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  14. Ossie Moore May 23, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Awesome decision Mr AG, I agree with you on this one.

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  15. bradg May 23, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Can’t agree with you more Mr. AG. The parents are vicariously liable for the actions of their children.

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  16. bradg May 23, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I may also add, if this nonsense happened during school hours, the School can and probably will have to answer.

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  17. Francis May 23, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Mr AG and supporters, bad student behaviour does not necessarily start in the home. Children are generally know to be mischievous and are often very receptive to imitating good and bad habits. But today it appears too much of the bad habits are going viral thanks to the Internet/social media. But outside of the home what are some of the primary influences of bad student behaviour. Do the research, you will find popular street culture glamourised and endorsed by mainly adults through music, film, and so on have a powerful influence on the immature mind of most young people. Yes, some parents are irresponsible, but not all. Sexiness and violence has become the norm behaviour within popular black culture. Hence we must address the cause and not be fooled by the symptoms.

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    • lester May 23, 2017 at 11:43 am

      it starts in the home

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  18. Richard Johnston May 23, 2017 at 11:51 am

    “… beaten merciless …” should be “beaten mercilessly” or “beaten senseless.”

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  19. Richard Johnston May 23, 2017 at 11:52 am

    By this token should a 65-year-old parent of a 45-year-old criminal be held responsible for the child’s actions?

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  20. Laura May 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I agree those parents should pay every cent.

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  21. Dia wade May 26, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Really @Richard Johnston… we are speaking about children and worrying about merciless?…. a 45 year old is a man…… you people are so blind and ignorant (meaning lack of knowledge) about everything…. hold them responsible… raise the damn children right to send them out into the world as a decent man or woman….

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