Cops probe video of pot-smoking boy

Police have confirmed they are investigating a video circulating on social media, which shows a boy believed to be of school age smoking what appears to be a marijuana joint.

Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler said the Royal Barbados Police Force, working closely with the Child Care Board (CCB), was looking into the disturbing 85-second recording.

A video has been circulating on social media, which shows a boy believed to be of school age smoking what appears to be a marijuana joint.

In the video, the young male referred to as Nick by two other males who are engaged in conversation using explicit language and sexual jargon, seemed comfortable as he inhaled and exhaled smoke from the joint.

Cobbler gave no details of the investigation, and CCB Director Joan Crawford declined to comment.

However, the founder and chairman of the Drug Education and Counselling Services (DECS) Roger Husbands warned that based on what he saw in the short clip, parents needed to properly supervise their children to prevent them from participating in illegal activities.

“The issue is that parents leave their children to roam the streets. They don’t have a clue what the children are doing when they aren’t in their presence. This has been happening for years,” Husbands said.

“Parents need to pay closer attention to their children and go out and get help. You need to know where your children are going and whom they are going with and the association.”

The youth advocate charged that the problem was not new, contending that for a long time children were being influenced by adults to smoke pot.

“There are older men who sell drugs to young people. I’m sure that little boy had to learn it from somewhere.  He had to get it from somebody. You don’t get up one morning and know how to smoke a joint,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that unless something was done even more young children would get hooked on illegal drugs.

“We have youngsters who  . . . may introduce the drug to  . . . friends and soon we will have these boys who will get into the habit of smoking, and then the issue will be addictiveness,” he said.

Society’s culpability was also raised by Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Counselling Shawn Clarke, who was convinced that the boy in the video was experienced at smoking marijuana.

“Honestly, it’s pretty disturbing. That young man can’t be no more than ten years old [and] for him to be sitting so comfortably and smoking this thing with so much confidence and skill, it is obviously not the first time he has been engaged in such activity.

“It speaks of a society that is free for all. Our children now have easy access to these substances. We have to stop and check ourselves and think about what is really happening in Barbados,” Clarke stated, going on to call for laws to “seriously deal with adults who are encouraging our children to get involved in [drugs]”

“I don’t think the young man plants marijuana trees so he had to get it from somewhere,” he said.

58 Responses to Cops probe video of pot-smoking boy

  1. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan October 16, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Roger open your eyes and see that this boy is a professional, this was not his first joint.

  2. Ras Small
    Ras Small October 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Irresponsible and IGNORANT elders/parent(s)

  3. Tone Watts
    Tone Watts October 17, 2017 at 12:12 am

    wait, people getting on like them shock. Listen go to some primary schools, i aint calling no names and look at the little boys lips and you can see who is smoking, its that easy. dont be shock, it has been going on for years now.

    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv October 17, 2017 at 7:29 am

      I had mine too but it was not that open this wha shock the people.

  4. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor October 17, 2017 at 12:26 am

    So who proved it was really an illegal substance… We just jumping to conclusions… Children love to imitate adults… Let d police do their job and stop trying to do it for them… Check fa wunna boy children and stop judging other ppl ones…. Cause if wunna check closely, it could have been one of wunna children! #justsaying

    • Dennis Connell
      Dennis Connell October 17, 2017 at 1:42 am
    • Marcia Applewhaite
      Marcia Applewhaite October 17, 2017 at 2:55 am

      Children needs to be protected by every adult.I’m sure if it was your child and someone was taking advantage of him, you would want somebody around to step in and protect them.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 17, 2017 at 3:00 am

      Children should be first protected by their parents! Therefore teach them what to do and what not to do! Don’t smoke in front them, know where there are at all times and keep them off d blocks! I raise my children to stand in d house, to know that friends are temporary and never to forget that their mother izza kent! So no dear heart it would not have been one of my kids…. They know their mother too well!

    • Bernard Mccollin
      Bernard Mccollin October 17, 2017 at 7:25 am

      This makes sense, I’m in agreement with u

    • Pbdos Ciana Price
      Pbdos Ciana Price October 17, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Sorry Sharon Taylor but you barely joking. Haven’t ever done anything behind your parents back no matter how much they preach. I do agree with first part of your post but you mean you will hope it’s none of your kids because you did a good job

      • harry turnover October 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm

        Exactly…. MOST children present themselves as loving obedient children to their parents but if some parents knew what goes on when they are not at home it would blow their mind.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 17, 2017 at 10:21 am


    • lester October 17, 2017 at 11:02 am

      cigarettes or pot for his age its illegal

    • straight talk October 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      This tells me what kind of parent you are or would be.

    • G.F October 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      It WAS an illegal substance. This was no imitation and what is seen IS factual and real.

  5. gsmiley October 17, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Sharon Taylor you talking bout people judging?


  6. Cheryl Carter
    Cheryl Carter October 17, 2017 at 3:16 am

    This is disgusting and I hope the adult or adults involved in taking the video is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Early exposure to drugs then comes the behavioural changes and later on (sooner rather than later) crime and violence.

    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon October 17, 2017 at 7:36 am

      U need to thank the adult Cheryl. If they had not taken it how wud u have known?

  7. Wendy Reece
    Wendy Reece October 17, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Why are you all surprised , are the children in Barbados untouchable , you all know about it because it has been posted on Facebook . Get real, these things are happening everyday, it just might be going on next door to you.

  8. Veronica Trotman-Roberts
    Veronica Trotman-Roberts October 17, 2017 at 3:43 am

    He might not be the only one. This social media got people recording everything. Omg I would cut his backside. Then someone would say lock me up when I done with him… Omg #cantdoright

  9. Flogiston Campbell
    Flogiston Campbell October 17, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Guys were getting to school early to smoke weed. From first form when I was at school.

  10. luther thorne October 17, 2017 at 4:17 am

    50 years ago Children , based on what I have been told, were smoking something called bonavis and newspaper and whatever else. Children mimic what they see. Smoking anything at all is stupid anyhow

  11. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte October 17, 2017 at 5:15 am

    The woman beat her child with the cutlass in jamaica, the bullies in TNT schools, the lil girl and woman cussing out in Grenada…. etc many call for lockbup and police investigations. Now something in wanna back yard wanna finding excuses smfh

  12. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim October 17, 2017 at 5:41 am

    There was an article only last week or so that as young as 10 years old are indulging in the use of illegal drugs including cocaine. This was the proof and it’s terrible but don’t only investigate the chimney cause those 2 other boys want some flush out and counselling.

  13. Stell Alleyne
    Stell Alleyne October 17, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Wooooooow this is sad…I hope that the law is exercise to it fullest in this matter…let children be children…set moral standards before them…
    Sharon Taylor it doesn’t matter how strict a parent you are NEVER NEVER sware for them… actually my dear the strictest of them are the ones whose children does the unthinkable and the parents are the last to Know..and they only know when they are caught up by the law so don’t boast …you can only trust God to protect and guide our love ones

    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon October 17, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Are you guys aware of how many ppl smoke pot,both men and women? Many of them have children. How can they tell a child that smoking pot is wrong or bad for their health when they are doing it?

    • Stell Alleyne
      Stell Alleyne October 17, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Well I can agree with you to some extent…but lots of parents drink alcohol, sware like pirates but yet for all that they don’t want they children to doing these things…it’s a choice that is then made in adulthood

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 17, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Stell Alleyne I does swear for mine…. They know me, they know my motto… Anytime I gotta go by d school for a prostitution ring that they are involved in, they better be running that ring! Better badword has…. Or I will get charged…. I can afford to boast…. Cause I does find time…. My time isn’t spent working, man, kids, then homework… It’s working, kids and homework, kids and homework again, then man…. If there is time… Some parents actually know d little demons they are have raised and are raising…. I trust in d values, morals, principles and ethics that I instilled in my kids…. All I tell d general public is to stop judging cause that kid could have been any ones child, cause parents seldom check for their kids…. I said in another comment it would never be mine, why, my children FEAR ME…. Fear God and keep his commandments… Well.. I am their God….

    • Stell Alleyne
      Stell Alleyne October 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

      “All I tell d general public is to stop judging cause that kid could have been any ones child, cause parents seldom check for their kids”
      I have a problem understanding clearly what you are saying there. ..Aren’t you being judgemental here thinking that this could only happen to persons who don’t check for their kids…may I remind you that NO PARENT INCLUDING YOU are with their children 24…if you think for one moment that your children will not at some point involves themselves in some mischievous behavior because you are a “dragon mother or according to you their god” then think again. …one thing I will give you credit for is ” cause that kid could have been any ones child” even yours…I can only pray that you don’t get a shock of your life in the near future…keep instilling Godly teaching/morals and pray for the best. ..that’s what I will say to us all!

    • harry turnover October 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Well said.When children reach a certain age they will have a mind of their own.
      At home it is always yes mummy,yes daddy and of course I will be a good boy or girl and watch the company I keep…but as soon as they walk through the door EVERYTHING CHANGES.
      You better believe it.

  14. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love October 17, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Parents of the child should be arrested …how ridiculous ..smh

  15. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite October 17, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Too many excuses that is why the children are how they are, no guidance from parents and then when the police give them some, you hear my son was a ‘good boy’. Therefore, if parents let the children do as they like, the police will do them as they like.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Can I plz shake your hand? I begging, plz!

  16. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv October 17, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Yes they can get involved who he get it from is who going down

  17. Natasha Scantlebury
    Natasha Scantlebury October 17, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Can see he is accustom smoking

  18. Patricia Julyon
    Patricia Julyon October 17, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Sorry Wendell but he get wey already, wen d parent din lookin.

  19. carlisle Norville October 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

    why people like Mr. Roger Husbands,& others like him don’t come together & STAND up for the TRUTH. everybody putting on a GOOD show ,& what needs to be done ( everybody AFRAID to do because they don’t have balls, we need external agencies like the F.B.I/ C.i.A. Scotland yard, or the Canadian police to INVESTIGATE the business people ,the police & others, that pushing the cocaine trade here in Barbados, wanna don’t want to hear that, right ( you PACK of Hypocrites)de drug money SWEET ,& the youth of Barbados heading to the MADHouse or the Grave. for yrs & yrs we had these problems, & NO body would not step & make a difference
    smart people starting organizations, under the pretense that they helping vagrants.,drug addicts, & the homeless & they getting enough money to fly bout de place ,& build a bigger home ( trickters
    that is all they are con men that tricking de system.

  20. Omar Clarke
    Omar Clarke October 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

    NOthing new under d sun…

  21. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor October 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Trying to raise awareness about the criminalization of cannibas in this instance seems low and dirty…. Suppose the child is a bad asthmatic, or has an allergy to THC, or missed and pulled in the whole spliff when he was drawing(not saying he was smoking weed cause d police have not confirmed that yet)… I remember when kids had to take their place( mines still have to, anybody come and call me, dont move, cause dem aint come to wunna,)… Hide and smoke banana leaf to imitate d men dem see on d rd side… Never would they have touched actual weed, why, they feared the wrath of their parents…. Not now though…

  22. Milli Watt October 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

    really enjoying the direction this cess pool of a place going……want he and he friends to go into the talkers places of residence and business. That should be more sport to the young man I say keep it up to de wuf less parents keep breeding anf to this cess pool of a place your time coming.

  23. Petee Cumberbatch
    Petee Cumberbatch October 17, 2017 at 9:23 am

    u mean some of the same children and parents are one of the same. so the children aint gonna learn nothing different

  24. Aleisha Daniel
    Aleisha Daniel October 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

    This is of no surprise

  25. Ossie Moore October 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

    All of the situations being spoken about in these comments for exp; The lady beating the girl with the cutlass , the girl in Grenada cursing the woman and now the boy on Barbados on social media all involve black people.

    Ii just goes to show that black people ( especially the Caribbeans ) still have the African , jungle mentality animal, still embedded in them from the slavery days years ago.

    Like the saying goes , you can take the boy out of the country ( in this case the jungle ) but you can’t take the country out of the boy .

    Black people will never learn.

  26. Ossie Moore October 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Wayne Hoyte says: ” The woman beat her child with the cutlass in jamaica, the bullies in TNT schools, the lil girl and woman cussing out in Grenada…. etc many call for lockbup and police investigations. Now something in wanna back yard wanna finding excuses smfh ”

    Ossie : Wayne , you are completely right ,that’s the bajan “flying fish mentality ” the’ll critcise and talk very badly about every other nation on the planet except their own 2 x 4 piece of little rock banana republic.

    Years ago bajans used to laugh at the other islanders for exp : St. Lucians , the folks from St. Vincent , Grenadians and all of the others and call them people from the ” low islands “. But take a look now at the used to be so called ” low islanders ‘ and you see that their ecnomies are moving forward better than the ” Bajan flying fish ” economy and their tourism economy is booming compared to that of ” flying fish island ” economy.

    Bajans are also quick to slip in to denial and they use the ” comparison factor ” when they are ” backed into a corner “.

    For exp: if you talk about the very high crime rate in Barbados ( buhbaydus ) the first thing bajans will do is go into denial big time and start using the comparison factor by saying ” crime in barbados is not that bad in comparison to Jamaica , Guyana , Trinindad and all of the other countries in the world.

    But they’ll be the first to tell you that they have Rhianna.

  27. Sonia Russell
    Sonia Russell October 17, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Child abuse or just an inquisitive rude child i think children should have curfew only aloud to be out after a certain time accompanied with parents or a responsible adult and it should be at the age until they are 16. But these days the parents are the children and the kids are the parents. If the parents fail to keep their kids in doors after a certain age they should put them in court and fine them

  28. Pbdos Ciana Price
    Pbdos Ciana Price October 17, 2017 at 10:29 am

    How old is he, it just says of school age and can’t see pic. Little kid or teen?

  29. Mark My Word October 17, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Discipline: the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

    If Teachers discipline the children at the schools parents go to fight or block at the school

    If you discipline the children by beating, it is child abuse and the Police charge you for cruelty

    well let them do as they please, prison or the undertaker will get them sooner or later.

  30. Thunder October 17, 2017 at 10:49 am

    This is serious at his age he shouldn’t be smoking,but this is an
    Indication of how comfortable our young people have become doing wrong,a lot of kids need to be monitored,but sadly social media is raising a lot of kids today,I honestly think that kids today are too exposed,and when parents finally realise how far they have gone,it will be hell to pull them back.
    At least the video is public,so this child can get the help that he needs,but please parents know the friends your children,are spending time with,so you can save them from bad company.

  31. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 17, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Not surprised. The prickled head adults prey on the vulnerable and weaklings. Signs colour of Lips, eyes and erratic behaviour. Parents need to observe who the child or young person is socialising with and whereabouts. The worst culprits are the youth that show “I’m a good boy” at home and when out with peers are the biggest Demon!
    It’s not too late to sort the matter out.

  32. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith October 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Stop acting surprised, this is nothing new.

  33. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte October 17, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Where is the motivation to do such coming from? (the act and the recording of the same)

  34. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb October 17, 2017 at 10:57 am

    This child needs to get help,he is too young to be smoking, at this age he should be studying his school work!
    Too many kids are on social media doing nonsense, social media is raising the children of today,and everything they do they like to post, I saw a video with a mother scolding her young daughter for pretending to be older,and she caught her expressing love to a man,then I saw a teenager performed oral sex on a boy,this is not right,some of them need to be banned from Social media until they are older.

  35. Sheron Inniss October 17, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I may be wrong but this is a doctored photograph. This was on my facebook page a couple of days ago but it was not in Barbados. It was a real story though. I did not forward it to anyone. I deleted it.

  36. Ossie Moore October 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Why are they so many ” cliche ” responses to this for exp:

    This is no surprise _ How old is he, it just says of school age and can’t see pic _ Little kid or teen? _ NOthing new under d sun _

    Can see he is accustom smoking _.

    And the most asinine comment of all ? ? ? ? Drum . . . . . … roll please ” Lester says in his comment that ” cigarettes or pot for his age its illegal ”


  37. gsmiley October 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Sharon Taylor you back with that judging talk?

    Who are you to be even saying such to people?

    You remember David Alleyne?

    Yuh two mouted malicious bajan.

  38. harry turnover October 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    gsmiley …man ya sharp….she getting on like she is Ms good and never done anything behind she mudda back.
    Man you shoulda ask she when the first time she had sex if she mudda did present.
    Like she doan know or pretending not to know that ALL children living at home does hide to have sex and do other things and MOST parents don’t have a clue.
    Ms Taylor if you are NOT married you are just as guilty as the other peoples’ children and their parents you are CRITICIZING…you are ENGAGING IN SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE… de BIBLE

  39. Belfast October 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    How often do you come across little boys, 5/6/7 and 8 years of age up riding bicycles at nights without lights and on the wrong side of the road? If the parents who gifted these children bicycles for their birthdays/Christmas/Passing the 11+, do not give a frig if their little ones are crushed beneath a container truck or a ZR Van, do you think that they will be unduly bothered about their kids smoking a joint?
    Today the tail wags the dog.


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