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By Zaya Williams
The escalating occurrences of violence among the youth remain a source of worry. It is not limited to illicit activities on the streets; rather, it has extended its reach to schools and sporting events as well.
During a recent segment on the Good Morning Jojo sports show, Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney disclosed that the police force has been collaborating with various agencies to combat this troubling trend.
Just over a week ago, an unsettling incident took place involving two students, aged 15 and 17, who were found in possession of a modified flare gun and a round of 9mm ammunition.
The incident unfolded on November 14 when a group was boarding a bus after a school football game.
A 17-year-old discharged the firearm out of the bus window, reportedly aiming at another student. The teenager now faces additional charges for firing a weapon in a public space.
Commissioner Atlee Rodney reiterated the seriousness emphasizing the collaborative efforts of the police force with various entities such as the Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Education, and other civic groups.
He expressed deep concern, stating, ” “Anytime young people start to get themselves involved in those behaviours it’s a concern for the police because it has a devastating effect on them individually and also on the society, so it is something that we take very seriously and that is why we continue to partner with the Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Education, with other civic groups trying to assist in minimising the problem with young people getting involved in any form of violence. So for us, it is something very serious and we will continue to put our best effort out there to see how best we can address this situation.”