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Parents slammed for ‘losing’ children in festival village

Children with their parents in Rita Francis Festiville on August 1, 2016. Photo: VINO
A child plays in Rita Francis Festiville on August 1, 2016. Photo: VINO
A child plays in Rita Francis Festiville on August 1, 2016. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Children straying from their parents and guardians in crowds is not something new but when a local band had to stop playing twice within an hour to announce that there were children who had lost track of their parents in Rita Francis Festiville on August 1, 2016, it drew a slew of criticisms from patrons.

Some even called for parents, particularly mothers, to be penalised for having their children wander off unattended during festive times and becoming lost.

Either through embarrassment or something else, the parents did not immediately come forward to claim their children when the announcements were made.

Several patrons openly called for the parents to be jailed, while some others remarked that those parents were not responsible enough for children.

Others were of the opinion that at such events, parents and guardians need to be more vigilant in caring for their children. “This actually speaks to the kind of parents that they are,” one young lady was overheard saying.

“They should be jailed, “another said, while a clearly disapproving man remarked, “Them women not ready yet.”

9 Responses to “Parents slammed for ‘losing’ children in festival village”

  • dhg (04/08/2016, 10:50) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    it happens to all of the states they have a rope on the child tied to the mother
    • parent (04/08/2016, 11:38) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is not a rope, it is a strap that you attach to the child or their backpack and attach it to the parent wrist. It is really safe when you have young children and they canot wonder off.
  • Woof (04/08/2016, 13:08) Like (16) Dislike (35) Reply
    Only parents that need parenting would have their kids on a dog leash.
    • Idiot (04/08/2016, 14:09) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
      Listen up simpleton... whether it’s a leash, wristband, or cute backpack thing, the goal is to keep our children safe. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I have 2 kids and even though I live on this island where there is hardly any kidnappings to talk about (compared to other places) I always teach them to stay at my side when I'm not holding their hands. Do they still wonder off? YES! Because they are KIDS! It takes a split second for them to run off, and then you're left there in a panic, until you spot them 10 steps ahead staring at something... You can be mother of the year! I have never heard any parent tell me this has never happened to them.. and FURTHERMORE, I have seen people try to kidnap kids while they were holding their mothers hand, or at their side. I plan to leave this Island for a bit and I will be using the "leash", because I rather be judged by ignorant, small minded people like yourself any day, than to have my child kidnapped and sold into prostitution.
  • Skeletons in closet (04/08/2016, 14:59) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ye without sin cast the first stone!
  • --------------------- (05/08/2016, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The government ,must start prosecuting offenders..
  • drake'sbabymama (06/08/2016, 09:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    we know its a serious matter but the band member on the stage had me laughing when he said "last & found" in a melody while holding the child, lmaooo.
  • Vigilant (10/08/2016, 08:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When they youths start ending up missing they will learn. In these times all kinda stupidness happening and people feel it can't happen in these small islands. To late shall be the cry! Take heed eh. When people talk truth every does try to make up all kinda of folly. You will see soon what's coming to these beautiful VI

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