Dah one yah rough, still dis generation tek ‘prime, force ripe, bumscious, exhup, precocious’ to a different level. No use pretending as if this is ‘foreign’ to you. It starts with your views on raising children. How informed you wish the child to be while under the age of consent? How inclusive you are with them in the company of adults? Bottom line is, YOU create the environment at the place of residence, in which your child is fostered in. Irrespective of who they come in contact with at school, YOU have the power within to control what you encourage in the family home. Quite frankly, I do not like having adult conversation with children around, plain and simple. There is children time and adult time. While both interactions can be healthy, I believe having children ‘itching’ up under ‘big people’ and tuning in to adult chatter is unacceptable. For me, it is not my cup of tea. I was not raised in that fashion and as an adult, I have no tolerance for such. In fact I was no ‘fool, fool’ while attending early education, primary, high and finally business college. In like manner, I believe children, teenager, and young adults also should be able to reason with each other without ‘ole folks’ like myself ‘dipping’ into their conversation without engagement from them. Once you have a relationship with your child, you will pretty much have an idea of what they are capable of.
There is a time and place for everything and I live by that philosophy todate. With that said, I was told by a parent that their 2 year old child is the one who shows them how to access the internet on the smartphone, as they the parent is clueless; texting is all they are interested in. Another parent told me their 3 year old is very argumentative and likes to question every directive. Long gone are the days where toddlers can barely open their mouths. We are always reminded how things and times have changed pretty much compared to technology. Toddlers are advanced, teenagers are beyond advanced and young adults responsibility and lifestyle can be compared to those 10-20 years their senior. Where does that leave us when it comes to culpability when crimes have been committed by the under 12 year olds? Here goes my 2 cents.
No, they must not be faced with a sentence of locking them up and throwing away the keys for anywhere close to 15 years and over. My plan is as follows;
a) Three strikes and you are out………………….locked up for life.
b) Under 12 years old. 7 years’ incarceration in a facility where mental health practitioners, nutritionists will be on call. The child must be given the opportunity to get an education. Physical exercise a must, coupled with sessions geared towards emotional and spiritual development.
c) At the end of 7 years, the child will be enrolled into the military (JDF) for a further 5 years developing a skill. At the end of such time, they will be placed in the public sector for a period of 3 years. Once completed they may choose to remain or seek employment in the private sector or become self-employed.
If at age 25 years or under 30 you still form the ‘fool’, you will be faced with the second strike and the rest will really be up to you at that point. I refer to this plan as the path to rehabilitation and reformation.
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ONLINE POLL RESULTS: Respondents split on lowering age of criminal responsibility
(Jamaica Observer) Monday, April 17, 2017 | 12:23 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fifty per cent of the 1,299 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll said they believed the law should be amended to allow children under the age of 12 to be prosecuted for crimes.
The nation was thrown into debate after an 11-year-old boy was accused of chopping 14-year-old Orane Johnson to death in Lowe River, Wait-a-Bit on April 3.
Attorney General, and Member of Parliament for West Central St James, Marlene Malahoo Forte then told OBSERVER ONLINE in a telephone interview that she thought it was time to rethink the age of criminal responsibility.
The Child Care and Protection Act states that a child under the age of 12 can never be charged criminally nor incarcerated in a penal institution. Instead, they are made wards of the state and sent to Places of Safety for periods determined by a court hearing.
Malahoo Forte also questioned if children are still as innocent as their age, given the conditions under which they are growing up and factors they are exposed to.
The remaining 50 per cent of respondents were against any amendment of the law