Get tough on loi­ter­ing kids in HWT

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION - DELROY LAWRENCE Com­muter

I HAP­PENED to watch prime-time news on Septem­ber 20, 2016. The min­is­ter of trans­porta­tion toured the bus hub in Half-Way Tree to scout for mis­be­hav­ing chil­dren and those who loi­ter till dusk, but ap­par­ently, none were there. It seems they smelled the rat. Cam­era sys­tems are fine, but my sim­ple sug­ges­tion will de­ter these rowdy stu­dents and those who loi­ter af­ter school hours.

Let me of­fer my sug­ges­tion for the clear­ance of stu­dents from this cen­tral meet­ing place at the trans­porta­tion cen­tre. I beckon to the po­lice to ap­pre­hend all school­child­ren who seem to loi­ter and cre­ate mis­chief at the trans­porta­tion hub in Half-Way-tree by tak­ing them to the Half-Way Tree Po­lice Sta­tion. They dare not leave the sta­tion un­til their par­ents or guardians are con­tacted and col­lect them.

These stu­dents who wear two hats, at home the lov­ing, in­no­cent child and on the road a ‘leggo beast’, will in­deed be a sur­prise when the par­ents are called by their own kids. The stu­dents should be held as long as it takes at the sta­tion un­til par­ents/guardians ar­rive.

Stu­dents of­ten fight over love af­fairs. I un­der­stand that adult men also utilise the cen­tre as a meet­ing place with un­der­age school­girls af­ter class time. It is so dis­grace­ful to see stu­dents car­ry­ing on in their school uni­forms.

I hap­pen to take a bus fre­quently at the cen­tre and wit­ness the drama that of­ten plays out. More cam­eras should be in­stalled. Po­lice ap­pre­hen­sion of mis­cre­ants would send a clear warn­ing. If stu­dents, es­pe­cially males, re­sist be­ing taken to the sta­tion, ap­pro­pri­ate con­tain­ment should ap­ply. In this file photo, a po­lice­man gives a stern warn­ing to a schoolboy about his at­tire and be­hav­iour at the Half-Way Tree Trans­port Cen­tre in St An­drew.

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