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Lloyd Appalled By Support For Beating

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd.

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd.

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd had tough words yesterday for people who condoned the punishment of a girl captured in a viral video being beaten with pots and pans.

In the video released to social media last week, an older woman repeatedly hits a young girl in school uniform with frying pans, prompting screams from the child. “I was mortally offended and incensed by the display of abhorrent, despicable and senseless behaviour by this adult woman,” Mr Lloyd said in a statement.

He has said a probe into the matter has been launched, with him drawing it to the attention of National Security Minister Marvin Dames. He said: “I was further offended and appalled by some of the views expressed in conversations and the media which appear to condone this barbaric act, seeking to justify it with a often mis-understood biblical imperative, or the ridiculous assertion that ‘it was done to me, and I turned out okay’.

“As a human being, a Bahamian and member of the executive branch of this country, I condemn to the highest degree possible the abuse of our citizens, especially our children, by anyone – whether verbal, emotional, psychological, physical, financial or cultural. For decades, we tried to identify and eliminate the root causes of crime and violence amongst us, and their disastrously negative consequences. If we need a place to start, we may wish to examine how we treat each other, especially the most vulnerable among us.

“Is there any wonder that we are beset by a culture of violence, death and other nefarious orientations, as partially reflected in a 2019 UN report, entitled the ‘Global Study on Homicide’, which recorded The Bahamas as having the sixth highest murder rate in the Americas, a region of 27 countries?

“Is it any wonder that so many of our young people, especially young men, find themselves enmeshed in a downward spiral of gang life, criminality, insensitivity and wanton destruction?”

Mr Lloyd cited studies showing it is best to show children relationships skills than to escalate to physical harm. One study, he noted, linked spanking to later aggressive behaviour, anti-social conduct, anxiety and depression.

“So when someone says it was ‘done to me and I turned out okay,’ we should understand that if that is true, then they were the lucky ones,” he said. “So many more find themselves in a cycle of violence that we see affecting succeeding generations. The mental, physical, spiritual and economic health of every human person – especially our children – must occupy the highest priority for our citizens, as it does for this government.”

Comments

proudloudandfnm 10 months, 1 week ago

Frying pan???? The mother needs to be prosecuted....

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sheeprunner12 10 months, 1 week ago

Anyone stopped and wondered how the parent and child arrived at that point? ....... and who had observed the downward spiral and intervened in the matter?

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proudloudandfnm 10 months, 1 week ago

Irrelevant, the parent is the adult. The parent is in control. A frying pan is ridiculous, she could have killed the child. Parent should be in handcuffs...

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Well_mudda_take_sic 10 months, 1 week ago

This incompetent imbecile Lloyd, a Minnis appointee, should be totally focused on the many critical education issues facing our country today. But instead he chooses to let himself be distracted by a social media video in order to make political hay with minds that our even weaker than his own. LMAO

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Well_mudda_take_sic 10 months, 1 week ago

Oops! Had auto spelling turned on. The word "our" should obviously be "are".

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shonkai 10 months, 1 week ago

From the UN report mentioned:

A study in Latin America and the Caribbean showed that an increase in the share of high-school graduates by two percentage points was linked to a reduction in the homicide rate by one victim per 100,000 people. Conversely, the “bulging” of the youth population in developing countries can cause challenges for the education system and place additional stress on already overstrained labour markets. The combination of this youth bulge, poor education and high levels of unemployment may push young people to engage in delinquent and violent behaviour and even to be lured into organized crime structures. These processes drive high levels of homicide in some countries

We have roughly 25 murders per 100,000 people, so can we raise the number of high school graduates by 50% ?????

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joeblow 10 months, 1 week ago

Discipline is not abuse.

Abuse is not discipline and should always be discouraged!

Adults need to understand the difference, because children know when they are being disciplined or abused, regardless of the method used!!

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