Expressing profound sadness for the suffering of ten-year-old Demarco Gibbs, who is in a coma at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after reportedly being struck in his head with pieces of wood by four playmates, Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Dwight Sutherland is calling for bullying to be treated as a systemic social environmental issue.
Sutherland said marchers over the weekend, who have been calling for justice on behalf of the lad, have his full support, but noted that issues of this nature must be addressed at a much deeper level.
“We have had too many of these incidents, we have had a death at a school as recently as last year and now we are seeing another case of bullying with this young man. It is a case of what you see you tend to practise. I have had an incident at a school in St George, where a boy under the age of 10 took to school a bottle of alcohol and encouraged other six and seven-year-olds to drink.”