Parents encouraged to speak out against gun violence

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey has called on parents to take a stand and speak out against gun violence in the society for the sake of their children’s future. 

“We cannot allow our society to fall into ruin and we are potentially falling into ruin,” Humphrey said Saturday at an event to present school supplies and other items to children from the constituency who sat the 11 Plus Examination.

“All of these children with all their vast potential may never get to know it because some wild boy letting go gunshots can deprive us of a flower that doesn’t have the chance to bloom.”

Humphrey encouraged the parents and students to dismantle “the box” created by the archaic educational system and form new innovative ways to participate in learning. 

Criticizing the system for mainly focusing and accepting academics and ignoring technical and vocational skills, Humphrey said, “the failure of our education system is that up to now we have not found a way to capture the imagination and skills of those people who are not into formal textbook education”.

“We have to take the mindset out of our thinking that unless you go to one of these [top] schools you are a failure or you are a nobody,” Humphrey added. 

Former Barbados Youth Parliament Prime Minister Roshanna Trim encouraged the students not to submit to negative stereotypes or images associated with their communities but to create their own paths. 

“Regardless of where you come from, and the area you are from and the reputation it might have, the environment you might born into . . . that doesn’t define what you can be or who you can be or where you can go,” she said.

“There is no limit to what you can do, and while we have some ideas that make it seem like that is the case, it is really not. As you go into secondary school remember to give it your all,” Trim added. 

14 Responses to Parents encouraged to speak out against gun violence

  1. Doriel Skinner
    Doriel Skinner August 27, 2017 at 10:52 am

    While your at it speak out against brutality. Yes we need gun violence to end.

  2. Sherlock Holmes. August 27, 2017 at 11:52 am

    When you guys visit the blocks to campaign i hope you speak out as well. There must be no pandering or side stepping this must be an all out effort to let those who are involved in this nonsense know exactly how all and sundry view their reckless behavior.

  3. Alex Alleyne August 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Combermere , Foundation and Lodge gone to ruins, then they will chip away at St. Michaels in order to make sure they keep Harrisons College and Queens College cream of the crop.
    You Politicians , (Lawyers/Doctors) are the ones who set the education standards for BIM.

    • Kevin August 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      What you ranting and raving about?

  4. Glenroy Gaskin Green
    Glenroy Gaskin Green August 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I second there two ladies sentiment.

  5. Anthony Prescott August 27, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    All man-made ideas. Schools that are tops and schools that are bottom. Pure nonsense….knocking the children’s self-esteem and assuming that people that go to top schools are better…..

    Plus its slow changing mindsets. There are children academically gifted and others that are “hands-on”. Both are needed in society, we need to hurry and get up to speed, plod,plod zzzz

    Things are going wrong but no changes to the system

  6. Jennifer August 27, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    The thing that really gets your juices going is the fact that you people know all this and would not do anything to change it. Or do u have to benchmark another race of people. Oh yes you have failed this people big time. I keep saying, it does not matter if you are a doctor, lawyer, scientist, pharmacists etc you will always be in the back seat of that car with that oppressive driver. Until you start producing medicines for black people, owning drug companies, making cars, developing pattents and cures for diseases you are no more useful than the cleaner in the hotel or the NBA players with the same mother board reaping all the profits and you the pittance. Just showing your neighbours how you are better than them on this here plantation. You will always be playing the pawn. But you know
    what we people love it so. Sitting in the back of that bus.

  7. Alex Alleyne August 27, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    “Faces at the bottom of the well”………and we like it so.

  8. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry August 28, 2017 at 2:06 am

    How about stopping the guns from coming in, they don’t have feet and legs. And get rid of the guns. Talk is cheap.

  9. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams August 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I agree and I submit that there is violence in price-gouging. From the wayside vendor all the way to the merchants and bankers in Bim there is violence against the poor and not one of them will be apprehended for their crimes against humanity. Children need to see and understand the bold and the fine print of life.

  10. Coralita August 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) was originally opened to take care of the needs of those who were more technically or hands-on inclined. I would like someone who knows to tell us how many of those of that category get into to SJPP these days.

    Someone told me that since the academics realised that the money is in the technical fields they have also gravitated to the SJPP putting others at a disadvantage of getting in. Can someone please clarify is this is true?

    Our children need to be given a fair break to blossom, bloom and achieve.

  11. BaJan boy August 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    @Sherlock Holmes why you don’t ask your dumb out of touch Prime Minister to speak farless speak up. He speaks down when ever on the rare opportunity that he opens his snout sorry,mout..

  12. jrsmith August 28, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    All blames of failure of our society and the vision of the future , no light at the end of the tunnel ,must be blamed on our non productive politicians……….

  13. Ann August 29, 2017 at 9:27 am

    All the talk you talking can any of you tell me what has happen to the cases against those big boys from the rifle range who were charged with the importation of illegal weapons? Until our justice system is applied fairly we ain’t saying nothing!


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