The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it is concerned about violence against children.
The association representing more than 24,000 teachers said it is concerned about “the increasing number of children going missing, those being killed and the frequent reports of the brutal attacks on school aged children.”
The statement by the JTA Monday afternoon came a day after a 14-year-old girl was found dead near her home in St Ann’s Bay, Sunday morning. Raven Wilson, a student at Ocho Rios High had gone missing after being sent to school Friday, October 19. Her body was found with a wound to the face and stuffed into a garbage bag.
In its statement the JTA referenced the death of Raven Wilson and the recent murder of a Trench Town student who attended Kingston Technical.
The JTA said the incidents “bring into sharp focus, the dangers to which our children in schools and some communities are exposed.”
The Association said it “categorically condemns the latest killings and stands ready to assist the government and civil society in whatever way possible to devise strategies to stem these vicious attacks.”