King against ban on flogging
CALYPSONIAN and social worker John King is not supporting talk of jailing parents who flog their children, or any ban on corporal punishment.
In fact, King, who spent many years working at the Government Industrial School, painted a gloomy forecast for Barbados if policymakers were moved to adopt measures by outside influences that were against flogging.
Just last week, Minister of Education Ronald Jones, who has long spoken out against lashing children, said Barbados was a lost nation if “we cannot talk to our children and reason . . . but simply brutalise them in the notion of discipline . . . . We cannot create the gems of the nation through brutality”.
However, King, who was recently selected as the Barbados Labour Party’s (St Philip West candidate in the next general election, while not addressing Jones directly, said it was “interesting” how people who had benefited from “a good cut-tail” are the same ones rebuking its relevance. (SDB Media)
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