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Cleric: parenting may be at fault


Cleric: parenting may be at fault

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A CLERIC is calling for an islandwide parenting programme to be instituted in Barbados because too many adults are contributing to the criminal behaviour of the nation’s youth.

Reverend David Yarde made the plea during the first anniversary service of the Barbados Association of Retired Fire Officers at St Mark’s Anglican Church in St John on Sunday.

During his sermon, he asked his congregation if they thought they contributed either consciously or unconsciously to some of the young people’s negative behaviour. He added that too many parents were giving up on their children.

“We very often say that some of our young people have no sense of direction, have no sense of purpose, no value for human life. Some of us have reached those conclusions because of the rate of criminal activity and their acts of lawlessness; and as a result, some of us label them as persons beyond redemption and persons who have no future in life. As a result of the behaviour, we have stigmatised, we have labelled and forgotten them,” he stressed.

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