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We’ve lost another young victim to senseless violence

Dear Editor,

The tragedy at the T.A. Thompson Junior High School is a painful reminder that our children are vulnerable in the very place we send them to be nurtured and educated.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family who must live with the heinous actions committed by cowards.

It is sad that we have found ourselves back in the same position that we were in a few years ago when another male student was viciously stabbed to death after school.

History has repeated itself. We are left yet another time in a reactive state as a country. Expressions of support are not enough at this time. The next steps should be policy changes to provide schools in our communities and across The Bahamas with resources to keep students and teachers safe.

From the first incident, it should have produced a proposal to our government to find measurements to safeguard our schools and reduce violence, but of course, no action. We have to ask the question, will Tuesday’s action be the one that finally tips the scale?

Today, we as a nation are left with some hard questions. Someone once described the joy and anxiety of parenthood as the same of having your heart outside of your body. As we are faced with this reality, some parent’s heart has just been taken away from them, once again.

The job of keeping children safe and teaching them well is something a parent cannot do alone, rather it is something we can do together. We find help from friends, families, neighbors and the help of a nation. We bear a responsibility for every child because we’re counting on everyone else to help look after ours.

The question today is, as a government, parent, teacher, pastor, friend, family, a nation: are we meeting our obligations? Can we truly say we’re doing our best to keep these children safe from harm? Can we claim as a nation that we’re working together to give every child of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

Quite evidently, the answer is no! We’re not doing enough. We will have to change!

We cannot tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must come to an end. And to end, we must change.

I was told, in fact we all were told, that the violence we are faced with is complex, and it is true. No law can eliminate evil from the world or prevent violence in our society, but it should not be an excuse of why we are inactive.

We must make a change now because our children’s lives are worth protecting.

 

– Dr. M.J. Smith

 

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