Teen moved from home after abuse by mother

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS THE WEEKEND STAR - ALI­CIA BAR­RETT STAR Writer

With only a few days be­fore his 18th birth­day, John Black* is speak­ing out about a life filled with abuse by his mother.

Black, who said he got the courage to speak be­cause of the re­cent news about Dal­ton Har­ris’ re­la­tion­ship with his mother, stated that there are days he wanted to re­tal­i­ate but re­frained.

“Mi know seh a betta she want fi me but Jah know, some­times she overdo it. Mi use to get beat­ing to the point where mi couldn’t sit down, and even though a cou­ple of years since it was so bad, she still put on one and two lick pan me,” he said.

He said that while he is grate­ful for what his mother has done for him, there comes a time when par­ents should know when it is enough.

The cries to cease and de­sist from his sib­lings have also fallen on deaf ears.

“About three weeks ago, him go home late and she would kill him wid lick, and him call me. When me go up there, him walk round the yaad and she a use a broom­stick and a lick him, and when me talk to her she a cuss me out and seh a no my pick­ney. Mi just tek him from her and keep him a mi yaad,” said Black’s sis­ter, Jane*.

Even though her spouse is not pleased, Jane said she has to pro­tect her younger brother and mother be­fore they harm each other.

“Mi un­der­stand that she don’t want him to be a statis­tic, but him soon 18. Boy pick­ney stop get lick from 10, and some even be­fore that. What we a try tell her is that if him did wah bad, there is noth­ing she could do, so she must stop beat him,” she said.

Black told THE WEEK­END STAR that his mother is wor­ry­ing need­lessly, be­cause he is do­ing well in school and he does not linger on the road.

“A so she used to beat up pan we; be­cause me older brother leave the house when him did about 13 and go up a him fada and never come back. She have three a wi and him (Black) a the last one, and me nah tell no lie, him pa­tient bad, be­cause me leave when mi a 15 go a my daddy,” said Jane.

Black said there is too much abuse go­ing on and not ev­ery­one has the abil­ity to deal with it.

He said that since liv­ing with his sis­ter, he has been hav­ing peace­ful nights and he does not want to give that up.

THE WEEK­END STAR con­tacted Black’s mother, but she de­clined to com­ment.

*Names changed

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