Why didn’t adults save JC school­boy?

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & .COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: IT IS not even a week and we are try­ing to come to terms with the is­sue of no­body be­ing found guilty of the mur­der of Kha­jeel Mais. We are try­ing to fig­ure out in our minds how the main ‘eye­wit­ness’ said that he did not see any­thing that took place on that hor­ri­ble night that young Kha­jeel was mur­dered.

Fast-for­ward to Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 26, and 14-year-old Nicholas Fran­cis is bru­tally stabbed on a Coaster bus and thrown off to die. This kind of cal­lous and bru­tal at­tack on our chil­dren ought to cause us, as a so­ci­ety, to pause and won­der. I can­not imag­ine the grief and shock, a par­ent who sends his or her child to school in the morn­ing, and by evening, has to iden­tify the body of that child on ice.

That a bus­load of adults sat there and did noth­ing is gutwrench­ing and causes us to won­der where our hu­man­ity is. Are we go­ing to con­tinue to cry out about crime and vi­o­lence and then pre­tend we don’t see any­thing when we wit­ness a crime?

The po­lice should not be call­ing for any wit­ness to that stab­bing on the bus. Every sin­gle per­son who was on that bus should have lined up at the near­est po­lice sta­tion to tell what they saw. Hav­ing not done any­thing to help lit­tle Nicholas, these pas­sen­gers should not rest com­fort­ably. Be­ing a by­stander to in­jus­tice and vi­o­lence makes you equally cul­pa­ble. Have we lost our col­lec­tive hu­man­ity? RALSTON CHAMBERLAIN Toronto, Canada

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