A Trinidad High Court judge is call­ing for the en­act­ment of laws to hold par­ents and guardians re­spon­si­ble for their chil­dren’s crim­i­nal ac­tions.

De­liv­er­ing the ser­mon in his ca­pac­i­ty as a lay min­is­ter at the Mara­bel­la Pres­by­ter­ian Church yes­ter­day, Frank See-p­er­sad said some par­ents ben­e­fit from the spoil’s of their chil­dren crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties while oth­ers turn a blind eye.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, he al­so called for an over­haul of the failed ed­u­ca­tion­al sys­tem which, he says, does not incul­cate a sense of na­tion­al pride in youths.

Not­ing that the na­tion­al re­sponse to the re­cent dev­as­tat­ing floods has re­sult­ed in a flood of re­newed hope in our sense of hu­man­i­ty and broth­er­hood, he said, “This we can do it at­ti­tude needs to be used tack­le the on­slaught of crim­i­nal­i­ty which con­fronts us.”

Point­ing out that the ma­jor­i­ty of the crime is com­mit­ted by youths, this is be­cause fam­i­ly life has de­te­ri­o­rat­ed. There is a lack of parental guid­ance and the ed­u­ca­tion­al sys­tem has failed.

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