Broken homes, families fuelling deviant behaviour, says Tufton

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said the deviant behaviours being displayed by some young Jamaicans are not indicative of a national security problem, but of nurturing gone wrong from infancy.

“I really still believe in the traditional view that it takes a village to raise a child…I want to say to Jamaicans, in keeping with the adverse consequences of modern times, that we need to get back to the days when the community can intervene in a way that is in the best interest of a child who needs guidance. Part of the challenge we face these days in Jamaica is that we have too many broken homes and broken families,” Dr Tufton told a gathering of health care practitioners from across the island during the National Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative Certification Ceremony and Launch of the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Network at Courtleigh Auditorium in the Corporate Area yesterday.

The health and wellness minister’s comments come even as dismayed Jamaicans, over the past few weeks, have been privy to troubling videos on social media showing students using expletives, openly engaging in sexually suggestive dancing, and hurling abusive words at teachers.

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