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Parents need to stop covering for their children – Reverend Hoyt

Reverend Hoyt delivered the feature address at the first crime conference June 8, 2012 at Eileen Parsons Auditorium. Photo: VINO
Hon. Kedrick Prickering. Photo: VINO
Hon. Kedrick Prickering. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Parents need to stop covering for the crimes committed by their children declared Reverend Robert Hoyt this morning, June 8, 2012, while delivering the keynote address for the first ever crime conference in the Virgin Islands that is underway at the Eileen Parsons Auditorium.

The former police officer told the small gathering that there needs to be more parental seminars in the churches, schools and communities to educate parents on what to look for when children are involved in illegal activities and how they can deal with such illegal activities.

Commenting on how parenting has evolved over the years, Reverend Hoyt recalled when growing up his mother took stealing very seriously.

“A simple pencil you could not have taken in my mother’s house that you did not take to school with you…so when you come home with strange pencil you had to give an account for it, and if you were to even mention that you found it, that tantamount to blows,” the keynote speaker stated.

Against this backdrop, he is appealing to parents to get back to the point where “they realise that they cannot cover for their children…they have to understand when their children do things that contravene the law they must be held accountable.”

“It is very sad when the Government has to be thinking about passing laws to keep children off the streets. In my days when my mother said you had to be home at a certain time, and trust me when that time came and I did not get home, guess what? She came looking for me,” he revealed.

Prior to his remarks, Acting Premier Dr. Kedrick Pickering acknowledged that over the years the Territory has seen a disturbing increase in crime.

“While it may be said that we are still one of the safest countries in the western hemisphere, we have a lot of work to do. We cannot afford to allow the incidence of crime to escalate further and get even more out of control, where it can be a deterrent to our economic growth and a threat to the citizens, residents and visitors alike,” he stated.

However, he too emphasised that it is the duty and responsibility of every citizen and resident to thrust their weight in the ring to fight against crime.

“We must begin by working with the police, customs and immigration officers, and other mitigation agencies –– and not against them. We all have a role to play. Together we have to find the solutions and face violence and lawlessness with a zero-tolerance attitude. We have to join together and say with one voice: crime is not wanted here; then the battle can be won. There was a time when we took responsibility for each other. We were held accountable for our actions. I remember the Honourable Premier, my colleague, once saying that the fight against crime does not begin in the streets, or in the courts or in the jails. It begins in the human heart,” he disclosed.

Hon. Pickering added, “This is very serious. Where is our moral compass pointing? What has happened to right choices? That is the spirit that we must revive here in the BVI, a spirit of unity.”

Governor Boyd McCleary also made brief remarks.

The conference is held under the theme “BVI Crime: The Problem, The Challenges and The Solutions” and will see presentations being made by Commissioner of Police (ag) David Morris and Chief Immigration Officer Dennis Jennings.

20 Responses to “Parents need to stop covering for their children – Reverend Hoyt”

  • Village Girl (08/06/2012, 13:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The church has no credibility in the BVI so go sit down with your cocka-may-may…All talk Hoyt all damn talk!!!!!!
    • Madness (08/06/2012, 15:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      But you alone brave. Be careful what you say about the man of God. What he is saying is true. Parents stop covering for your children. FULL STOP!
    • Local (08/06/2012, 22:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seems like you are one of those guilty parents. What Cock-ah may did he talk. No wonder the children around here have no respect. The man here speaking the truth but you gone on the church. You people just sick to the core with your sour excuses.
  • It's True (08/06/2012, 14:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have several friends with sons who are continuously caught breaking and entering into peoples homes. Despite finger print evidence pin-pointing their son in the house they argue the police are setting their innocent little boy up! Despite the boy receiving a minor slap on the wrist from the court and a curfew the parents still let their teen out until the wee morning hours. Why? Because mother is home sleeping while father is out gallovanting around and could care less!!! I know parents with sons who have been caught with stolen goods and declare they really had no involvement and are holding it for a friend. The parents believe and defend their sons. If the parents cannot realize that in protecting their children from the law for criminal acts that they are harming their child then it is time the government and the courts step in and take over. We are in desperate need of a jeuvenile detention center. These repeat offenders are not being parented properly. These boys (and girls) need to be taken away from their parents and kept under lock and key and taught discipline and receive councelling from educated persons. These teens need their mighty attitudes broken down and to learn respect. The way things are now will continue and things will get worse unless we step in and gain control over the situation.
  • NEXT (08/06/2012, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    OK, OK, we agree with the Reverend but what is the next step????.
  • Crank Shaft (08/06/2012, 14:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And Pastors need to stop showing up to court as character witnesses for these young hoodlums, talking about how good he/she was and that if they return to church they would make sure they don't end up in trouble. It's not just the parents reverend, you all need to do your part as well and stop the "everyone needs forgiveness" bulls$$t. These youngsters are gaming the system and laughing at all of us.
    • Exactly (09/06/2012, 12:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You hit the nail on the head. The same pastors showing up in court for people and if the judge release them to the church, the church looks the other way when they get out. All about donation to the church.
  • one eye roster (08/06/2012, 18:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yaaawnn next issue...I see why no one turn out to this crap!!! another NDP flop
  • Hmph (08/06/2012, 19:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does the good reverend have any kids of his own? Hmmmm.
    • Come again Ralphie (09/06/2012, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes he does and they are well grounded and well trained, what about yours. You sound like one of those parents who benefits from the crimes their children commits. That's why you are so negative about the truth.
  • jtv (08/06/2012, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No jobs more crime
  • ccc (08/06/2012, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    research shows that a typical working parent spends just 19 minutes a day looking after their children. The startling research shows the devastating impact that working full-time has on children who hardly see their what does the rev expect????.
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    The church is the biggest hypocrites in the bvi man going with man pastors cheating pond dem wife so my ears are closed.
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