Letters to the Editor

It still takes a village

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Dear Editor

I want to show appreciation to 24-year-old Tremayne Brown for his heroic act of saving 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds. I hope that the Govermnent of Jamaica will honour him at our upcoming National Heroes' Day celebrations.

We've seen where many from the private sector are rewarding him with gifts and even offering employment to Brown, a deportee. Many employers here in Jamaica do not give chances, but they should learn a lesson from this that they should give people another chance. They should also be commended for assisting Brown and Reynolds.

While we all are happy that Brown saved Reynolds, the nation should have a discussion on how students' safety is monitored after school. In this instance it is reported that young Reynolds and friends were playing in the gully. Should it be mandatory for the State or the parents to provide transportation for youngsters to reach home safely? Should adults give stern warning to schoolers when they see them loitering?

When many of us were young we did some crazy stuff after school. Now we're older I see that we took many risks. Many times I see kids playing on the roads with traffic zooming by. We all know it's impossible for the Government, or even parents, to provide transportation for the kids; therefore, I strongly believe that the village needs to play its role.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann

teddylee.gray@gmail.com

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