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Teenagers apologise for slapping elderly folk


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Teenagers apologise for slapping elderly folk

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Two boys who were recorded slapping several elderly people, some of whom were homeless, in The City last Wednesday have apologised.

They attended a Press conference at Barbados Alliance to End Homelessness, in The City today, one accompanied by a mother, the other by a grandmother.

One of the teens said: “I came to sincerely apologise to the homeless for slapping them and I apologise to the nation for my unacceptable behaviour. I hope you can accept my humble apology.”

The other boy said he learnt there were consequences for his actions and he hoped to do better in the future.

In addition to the apology, the boys, both aged 13, will be doing community service with the Alliance and will undergo counselling with Supreme Counselling For Personal Development.

Both boys will get riding lessons at Nature Fun Ranch.

Kemar Saffrey, president of Barbados Alliance to End Homelessness said the act was terrible but the boys deserved a chance.

A video of the incident was circulated on social media and drew much anger last week.

Police had taken the boys into custody, however, public relations officer, Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss, said: “We have them at a police station and we are trying to work out something with them and their parents . . . .”

Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Cynthia Forde also issued a statement. (CA)

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