Ac­tivist ex­presses shock after boy kills mom

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS THE WEEKEND STAR - SI­MONE MOR­GAN-LINDO STAR Writer

Heart-wrench­ing and flab­ber­gasted are two of ad­jec­tives chil­dren’s ac­tivist Betty-Ann Blaine used to de­scribed the bru­tal killing of a woman, al­legedly by her teenage son in Bethel Town, West­more­land, on Wed­nes­day night.

“We have to be care­ful this type of be­hav­iour does not be­come the new nor­mal for our chil­dren. The rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties need to use this in­ci­dent as a case study and try to find out what would drive a child to com­mit such an act against his own mother. We need to know what is the thought process of this child. There needs to be a com­plete and in­ten­sive phys­i­o­log­i­cal anal­y­sis done on this child,” said Blaine, the founder of Hear the Chil­dren’s Cry.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, the de­ceased, who has been iden­ti­fied as Pe­tre­nia Grace McDon­ald, was stabbed mul­ti­ple times and her throat slashed, while she was watch­ing tele­vi­sion in her bed­room. Her 13-year-old son was taken into cus­tody for ques­tion­ing in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

Blaine told THE WEEK­END STAR that a ma­jor part of the prob­lems lies with the con­tent that is avail­able on the In­ter­net. She also added that the young­sters are copy­ing adult crim­i­nals.

“We also need to find out what our kids are ex­posed to on the In­ter­net. A lot of these types of crimes that we never saw be­fore in Ja­maica are hap­pen­ing. Ev­ery­thing is on the In­ter­net. They can eas­ily see how to kill some­one,” Blaine said.

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