Dr. Marylin Price-Mitchell defines a role model as one who serves as an example–inspiring children to live meaningful lives.She went on to say that role models show young people how to live with integrity, optimism, hope, determination, and compassion.
It goes without saying that a role model plays an essential part in a child’s or anyone, for that matter, positive development. However, some role models have missed the memo on positivity and have been leading those who look up to them down a dangerous path of indiscipline which as a result contributes to our rise in crime on island.
I believe by now you would have realized that the slouch is taking a turn away from its usual carefree persona and it is addressing a topic that we believe should never be sugar coated.
For a long time the focus has been on the island losing our young men and women to senseless killings often as a result of gun violence. We seldom attribute these crimes and killings to the influencers. That’s right, these young people who are arrested, charged and sometimes convicted of crimes often have someone in the shadows that they look up to, that they want to impress. To be in that person’s favour they are willing to do any and everything.
These are the role models we should protect our youth from. Let’s not use the clichéd and mundane approach such as, he isn’t good, stay away from her she will only lead you into trouble.
The reason why our teens are attracted to that individual is often because “they understand them”. They understood me when my parents didn’t is what I have been told by a once troubled young man. Hesought refuge with a gang but after some talking to and sessions with a devoted priest he was able to turn his life around. Sadly, the turnaround didn’t happen early enough as he is starting his new life away from gang related activities, behind bars.
You don’t want when you finally come to your senses it is too late. You don’t want to be locked up and have your basic rights stripped away. Ask any of the prisoners down at the Bordelais Correction Facility what they would rather and it will be freedom with better role models.
Have a great weekend ya’ll and God bless.