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Friday, May 18, 2012

Ackward Reality

By Lenecia Johnson

I closed my eyes feeling drenched in tiredness, rubbing one of the buttons on my waist coat.  Soon there was just the residue of sound brushing across my ears.  My mind sunk deeper and deeper leaving everything silenced but my heart beat.  After 10 minutes, there was a gut wrenching scream and the smell of blood, and now my feet were 2 seconds apart running past cubicles, and there was no question that the scream came from my friend Jennifer.  I hid in one of the cubicles under the desk, hugging my feet, silently breathing rapidly hoping no one, meaning the killer or at least I thought it was a killer, would find me.
          All hope left when a pair of feet appeared by the desk.  I could tell that he knew I was there, because he smelt my fear.  The desk suddenly flipped and crashed into the other cubicles around it.  He said my name, but it was no longer the voice of the one I loved.  Instead, to me, it was the voice of a killer.  The last echo left with the loudest finish when he said my name.  It shook me out of my sleep and I was with reality again. No wonder it was so strange, I was dreaming.  When I looked up, I saw the familiarity of a kitchen, then I remember that I was in the lunch room at work, feeling drenched with tiredness, and I had closed my eyes drifting into deep sleep.  I went downstairs, adrenaline rushing and my heart pumping, no longer a slave to sleep and tiredness.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

ABUSE /HEAP By Jessica Charles


What is abuse:                                                                                                                                                         Child sexual abuse is hurting a child sexually by touching them inappropriately and having sex with that child.
That is wrong.
Why child sexual abuse is wrong:                                                                                                                                   Child sexual abuse is wrong because it can make the child have a low self-esteem and it can make them not want to interact with people; it can destroy their futures.
How does child sexual abuse hurt that child:                                                                                                       Child sexual abuse is destroying their confidence making them think negative thing about themselves and others.
I believe if you are found abusing someone verbally, sexually and emotionally you should be put in jail for a long period of time or you even should be put to death.
How to stop it:                                                                                                                                                                If you are an abuser and you want to stop it, just see a counselor or someone you believe can help you or who you trust.
Remember: Help Eliminate Abuse Please (H.E.A.P). Say ‘NO’ to abuse and stop the violence.
                                                      THANK YOU

Help Eliminate Abuse Please (H.E.A.P) By Keefe Durrant

Do you realize the hurt that you are inflicting on a child by abusing him or her through your sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse?
Now, because of your behavior towards that child, he or she will lack self confidence, and also feel loneliness.
This can lead to suicide, or in some cases can create a cycle that will often be carried down for generations; but we can help stop child abuse by educating the public about child abuse.
I believe child abusers should be sent to jail for a very long time.
And kids, for your own benefit, if you are being abused; physically or sexually, tell someone who you can trust and who can help.
Child Abuse has to stop!                                                                                                     


Children you have the right to be protected from all abuse!!! By Noela Gurley

Adults: abusing your child or children won’t solve any problems; it only creates more problems.  
Abuse is any sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical contact that may result in the hurting of a child.                                                                                    
When you abuse a child you are destroying that child’s chance of enjoying their childhood; They lose that special  time of their life.
You are trampling that child’s rights and may put that child through emotional distress and destroy their self-esteem.
The child may no longer find life worth living, and because of the hurt the child may find it difficult to trust others and also cause them to hurt their bodies and seek love in the wrong places
To every action there is a reaction!
For the abuser, child abuse has its consequences: you can end up in prison.
Child abuse needs to be stopped.
The victims of child abuse need to speak out, it’s not okay to just sit and allow child abuse to take place. You can talk to someone you trust.

H.E.A.P - By Meisha Gumbs

 Cancel Child abuse!
       Put a stop to child abuse
When you abuse a child you are making them feel miserable and hurt, and that child’s life would be affected in negative ways.
Child abuse hurts the child by destroying his or her self-esteem, their potential to do good things and their confidence. This can make the victim feel like they are not important and could cause them to attempt to do wrong things and hurt themselves.
     It is wrong to abuse children because the abuser is destroying the child’s life and is putting them at a disadvantage to have a happy childhood.
      I strongly believe that a stop can be put to child abuse.
      I would like more serious consequences to be brought on abusers.  I think that child abusers should be charged a fine and also be placed in prison for twice the time they are given.

                                                                                        Meisha Gumbs

Help Eliminate Abuse Please By Janel Jarvis

Sunrise 16th June, 1994
Sunset 2nd March, 2003
Gone to soon, Rest in Peace

That’s what little nine year old Joan John’s tombstone read.
It all started five years ago at the age of four.
Susan, Joan’s mother married to Tom and then it all began.  Tom sexually abused Joan, and after that, he would physically abuse her so she won’t tell her mother and if he got angry for anything even if Joan did nothing.
Scared and confused, Joan had no clue what was going on in her own little world; all she knew was that it was wrong and she was being hurt. 
But because she was scared and afraid she kept it to herself; her friends could no longer touch or talk to her. 
Miss Jack, her class teacher, became very concerned and tried investigating the matter, but Joan remained silent. She then tried to come in contact with Susan, but Susan refused to see or speak to her.
Every time, the abuse got worse.
Then one day, Tom repeated his regular routine with Joan.  After he was through having sex with her, he went in his room to watch cricket, but his team lost.  He became so angry; he went into Joan’s room where she was trying to play with her toys.  Tom raged got the best of him and he took her up and began beating her and threw her to the floor and she hit her head.
Joan was now on the ground fighting for life.
She lost.
If Joan had only spoken to her teacher maybe she would have been alive today. 
If you are being abused, or know anyone who is being abused, there is always someone you can talk to. 
If you are abusing your child or step-child there is someone one who can help you. 
Your life or someone’s life may be at risk if you remain silent. 
Speak up; Stand up for your rights.
                                                Help stop and reduce Child Abuse.

Child abuse By Seliscia Toby

Child abuse is defined as any action that intentionally harms or injures a child physically, emotionally or by mistreatment or neglecting them.

Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse has visible signs, other types of abuse such as emotional abuse or child neglect leave deep, long lasting, invisible scars.

All types of child abuse and neglect can have long lasting effects throughout a child’s life; it can damage a child’s ability to have healthy relationships and ability to function at home, at work and at school.

Child abuse can cause:

*Lack of trust and relationship difficulties (if you can’t trust your parents, teachers etc. who can you trust?)

*Feelings of being “worthless” or “damaged” (if you’ve been told over and over again as a child that you are stupid or no good, it is very difficult to overcome these feelings.

* Trouble controlling emotions.
    Abused children cannot express emotions properly. As a result their emotions get stifled and may come out in unexpected ways; an abused child could become an abuser.

Here are some ways to detect and help eliminate child abuse:

1) Act on your suspicions, if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, trust your instinct.

2) Be aware of unexplained injuries. Not unusual burns or bruises in the shape of objects or unconvincing explanation of a child’s injuries.

3)   Notice Changes in behavior.

4) Be observant.

5) Educate the general public.

6) Encourage abused children to speak out.

Be a loving parent, children need to know that they are special and loved and capable of following their dreams.
Help a friend, neighbor or relative. Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand to take care of the children so the parent (s) can rest or spend time together.

Promote programs in school. Teaching children, parents and teachers prevention strategies that can help to keep children safe.

Monitor your child’s television and video viewing. Watching violent films and T.V programs can harm young children and encourage them to harm others.

Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program.

Report suspected abuse or neglect if you have a reason to believe a child has or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or the police.

Help Eliminate Abuse Please (H.E.A.P) Jamila Gibson

Stop Child Abuse!
  Child Abuse can be defined as mistreating a child for any unacceptable reason.
Child abuse can be Physical, Emotional, Verbal or Sexual.
Child abuse hurts the child because it can destroy the child’s future, it damages the child’s mind and the rights of the child are being taken away.
  There are various consequences of child abuse; it can cause pain or death to the child and may result in a prison sentence for the abuser.
  In my opinion I think there are a number of things that can be done in order to eliminate child abuse in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, due to the fact that the reported cases of child abuse are increasing each year.
*The abuser and victim can get help by speaking to trustworthy people.                                                           *Centers should be in place for the child (victim)                                                                                                    *There should be very serious penalties for the child abuser to face.
  If you are being abused please don’t stay silent- speak out; it will be better for YOU. Adults, you should stop abusing children.


Abuser and Intension of Being an Abuser By Danielia Mason

If you grew up in an abusive home that does not mean that you have to end up being a child abuser.
The cycle of child abuse has to stop now because it is destroying the future of others.
Child abuse is when a person or persons take advantage of children, keeping them in hurt and in pain, whether it is sexually, physically, verbally or emotionally.
In case you did not know, neglecting is also a form of child abuse.

Child abuse hurt children by destroying their lives by lowering their self-esteem. This can have a life-long effect on that child.

Child abuse is wrong because it puts the child’s life in misery. They might not be able to walk the streets in peace because other people might be there calling them names. children may also lose their lives through abuse.

I think an abusive person should be put in prison or somewhere where they will feel embarrassed for what they had done to the child.

All abusers and persons who think that they want to be an abuser or think of themselves as an abuser should see a counselor as often as possible until they find themselves not abusing or wanting to abuse children.
You can also stop child abuse by taking a stand and let the abuser know that you have been a victim for too long and it is time for you to see yourself out of this situation and live a free life; and become a normal, happy, healthy child, just as God created us as his own children.

 I am taking a stand to be free from abuse. Let’s all take a stand and stop child abuse today.




Sunday, April 22, 2012

explicit music on youths

Boy shoots friend after listening to Eminem” - This is now a common newspaper headline throughout the world, as more and more youths and children listen to explicit music. Music plays a substantial role in the socialization of children and adolescents. Popular music is present everywhere and is freely accessed through radio, various recordings, the Internet and new technologies, allowing adolescents to listen to it in different settings and situations, alone or shared with friend.
         More often than not, parents are ignorant of the lyrics to which their children are listening. This is the result of the constant downloading and changing of songs. Research on popular music has explored its effects on school work, social interactions, mood and affect and particularly behaviour. The effect that popular music has on children’s and adolescents’ behaviour and emotions is of paramount concern.
          Lyrics have become more explicit in their references to drugs, sex and violence over the years, particularly in certain genres. For example a song like ‘On My Level’ sung by Wiz Khalifa featuring Too Short says that it’s fine to drink and not care about anything. A teenager’s preference could be correlated or associated with certain behaviours. As with popular music, the perception and the effect of music video messages are important, because research has reported that exposure to violence, sexual messages, sexual stereotypes, and substance abuse -- alcohol, illegal drugs and the like - in music videos might produce significant changes in behaviours and attitudes of young viewers; caretakers and parents should be aware of this. Furthermore, with the evidence revealed in these studies, it is essential for us to take a stand regarding music lyrics. Parents should monitor the type of music their children are listening to and song lyrics as this knowledge can benefit them in the future. I thank you for spending a few moments to take the time and reading about the possible harm of explicit music.

By Justin Robinson

Consequence of overdoing it

By Tenisha Smart

technology Topic

By Akheron Sam

Techno Info


 By Bridgette Pierre

      Technology include the use of electronic devices used for many different things. We use different forms of technology such as: computers, ipods, cell phones, mp3 etc. These devices benefit us in a lot of different ways, such as us making us able to communicate with persons in different parts of the world through the use of cell phones and computers. We are also able to listen to music, watch news, and get entertainment through ipods, psp, and ipads. Children also use the internet to do research for projects, homework or just for their own benefits.
     There are also a lot of disadvantages to technology. Some of these are:
Distractions- children are being distracted by facebook, games, and porn.
Face book- this is a distraction because children spend more time on face book than they spend doing their homework.
Games- they are distractions because children get addicted to them and this may cause health problems like you may go partially blind and would need glasses.
Porn- it’s distractive because it causes your hormones to act up which causes you to want to have sex. This may cause you to go out and have sex at a very young age which may cause teenage pregnancy and a spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs.
     I think technology is good, it helps us to get work done faster and it is also bad because it causes a lot of addictions (to drugs and cites) and distractions. Some solutions to these problems are: limit the amount of time you spend on the computer and cellphone.
                                    Don’t get too addicted to online games and music.
                                    Stay away from pornography cites.

Music on our minds

Effects of the music industry on youths

By Sayie Ollivierre

Music is a very important part of the lives of most people in the world today. Some persons cannot go a day without some sort of music. It has become a very important aspect in the world and has taken a hold on the youths of the society. It has become a very big issue in schools, churches and other institutions.

  Back in the old days the music that was popular used to be conscious and understandable vibes, things that people can relate to and understand. Artistes such as ‘Bob Marley’ ‘Whitney Houston’ ‘Celine Dion’ and others produced nice, understandable and meaningful music.  The music in this generation can be good, but, the majority of music has negative effect on our youths.  Nowadays artistS such as ‘Lil Wayne’ ‘Vybz kartel’ ‘Popcaan’ ‘Eminem’ ‘Drake’ ‘Rhianna’ ‘Niki Minaj’ and not forgetting ‘Jay-Z’ and others, who the majority of young persons look up to and are attracted to, produce a whole bunch of lyrics that people cannot understand, things that don’t make any sense at all, and we seem to like that music because our friends like it and because it is the “new thing’ and everyone seems to love it. I strongly think that the music industry has a very negative effect on the youths today.

  I feel this way because I see it everyday. I see everyday young people are being transformed by the music they listen to. They are influenced by the song writers, these artists who produce these songs that are popular and have a very strong effect on young people who buy these songs and help these singers to make a lot of money. Although there is Christian music and other conscious music that some young people listen to which help to uplift them, and there are some persons who don’t really listen to music but do it when they are bored to keep them occupied, the music these days still have a very negative effect on us. For instance when some artist sing songs and say things such as “shoot him in his head”, “kill him and watch him bleed” and “I cant take it anymore, I cant take life I just want to die”, young people think in the way they think that the artist is thinking and they begin to relate it to what is going on in their lives. So example someone who might be going through a little problem would intake this and even have the urge to do something violent or something that may cause harm to them.

  Some songs produce bad lyrics towards women, they speak about women as if they are a bunch of useless people or some sort of toy and they can do anything to women as they want to. Even some female artists degrade themselves in that manner. When persons like “2-Pac”, “Biggie Small”, and “kartel” sing about “smoking my weed” and those sort of things influence the young men especially who look up to them that it is okay to do. These young men sit down and worship these artists and suddenly, unconsciously at first they start thinking about doing what the song says. They might end up actually smoking, or doing something else what the song says to do, therefore leading to them forgetting who they really are and doing what they listened in that song.
 Additionally some songs influence our young people into sexual activities. The artistes sing so sexually and raw that they make young people think and feel that what they are saying is okay. It then suddenly seems okay to a young man or woman to sing along to these songs and it even gets more okay to do what the song is saying. Therefore these behaviors lead to our young generation becoming degraded, young women can get pregnant and mess up their lives and education, STI’s could pass around like wildfire, it can even turn some persons crazy when they come to realization of how their lives have changed , it can also be the cause of some young people becoming juvenile delinquents.

  We have been looking at how music these days affect us; here are a few illustrations of how this happens:
When we were kids growing up now starting to know ourselves our parents dressed us in baggy clothing and anywhere we go what type of clothing did they men wear? Everyone knows the answer to that “The baggy pants”. And the women: “bell bottom pants”.
 Some years ago a trend came out and even some songs sang about favorite artistes they sang about the well known and popular “PENCIL FOOT”.
I find it a little funny that because and artists sang a song about a pants and then suddenly everyone starts wearing them. Another example from back in the day also; when we were kids we never ever wanted our parents to put a “SNAP BACK” on our head, no child or young person would want their friend to see the down the road in one of those hats. But Look at what is going on now Tyga and Popcaan these famous artist sang a song on that old time hat and now young people are paying up to $100 for one of those hats!. So we can clearly see the influence that these songs have on our young generation.
  To try and solve these problems here are some of my solutions; I strongly think that parents play a vital role in monitoring the type of music that their children listen to. They are the ones who should bring up their children in the right way and we all know that music is part of a child’s life when he/she is growing up.
 Also parents should not only monitor the music that their children listen to, but the behavior, we all know that music can change an individual so you as a parent should know how you trained up your child  to be and they way you want him/her to grow up. Music can change a child’s behavior and make them become completely different individuals. So it is the duty of the parent to make sure that the child’s behavior is stable. For example; take a parent who is a Christian, very strict and extremely religious, by the time they see that their child’s behavior has changed just a little they would take immediate actions to get their child on the right track. On the other hand take a parent who is not that involved in their child’s life they leave them to make their own mistakes and learn from it if they see a change in their child they might not have the urge to bother with the situation although it might be on their mind they would not seem to take action until it is very serious, to the extent that the child might do something crucial to him/her self. So basically what I am saying is that parents play a vital role in everything their children do , no matter if you are a single parent or a parent who doesn’t want to tell their child how to live their lives, so they let them make good or bad decisions, a parent who is strict and on guard. All parents have the duty to protect their child from harm and danger and from becoming the individual they didn’t train them to be.
 Another solution is that if you are a person who believes that listening to this song is totally wrong, and then you have control over yourself to not listen to that song. Some religious people don’t listen to music at all, period!! Some people who listen to music have the power and authority that if they think that a song is inappropriate they should not listen to it. There are some persons mainly adults who listen to the type of music that these artist produce so the artist themselves won’t stop making songs that they know would make money, however they do know that young people listen to their music so I think they should try and produce some music that is appropriate at times.

   In conclusion we have looked at the negative impact of the music industry on our youths today and a few examples. Now if those artists are the type of persons who this generation of young people look up to then for my opinion I would say that this generation of young people is getting worse and worse each day. These artists don’t have any respect for themselves or the persons who listen to their music. All they care about is making their money from us they don’t care what happens to the youths or the world. Let’s make a choice, let’s choose right from wrong.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

To be or not to be

By Nelisha Balcombe

The act homosexuality has raised the discussion among our youths; is homosexuality wrong? What causes it? How can it be dealt with?
   Homosexuality, which is the romantic sexual attraction or behaviour between members of the same sex or gender, is wrong!
 I take you to the book of Romans chapter 1, verses 25and 26; yes quoted in scriptures evidentially that God made men for women and any one that goes the opposite he will give them over to a reprobate mind, to do those which are not convenient, for those who commit such things are worthy of death. Youths, the world is sweet for you today do you want to face that penalty? Yes God made Adam and Eve; it was never Adam and Steve.
   It is stated that persons that are homosexuals are born that way. Youths do not let Lady Gaga brainwash you with the thought that they were born that way. I strongly disagree because my research tells me it can be caused by emotional and physical problems. First of all let’s look at the first one
      One of the most reason today why youths especially men having sex with men is because of materialism. Their eyes ‘get long’ when there are stuff like blackberry, mp3, Clarks and all sort of stuff, you don’t get these and you’re a considered to be a “non human-being”. The boys can’t afford it but wants to keep up with the trend and they want to be the center of attention, so that others will ask them at school “ah wey yo get dah new clarks dey darddy” he wants money in the pocket to keep up with the “shotta” life, and tends to go all out to have it just for “popularity”.
Their mother or father doesn’t have in so instead he gives himself away to other guys.
  Music plays a vital part in youth of today that influences them to take part in homosexuality, Girls having favorite role models artist like Britney spears and Madonna kissing each other bringing them to be copycats whatever those artist do they do it also. Katy Perry Singing “I kissed a girl and I like it” clearly gives Girls the “OK to go and experiment, turns out it’s not only kissing but it’s what happens next.
Parental figure…a youth growing up without a father or any male parenting of any sort, as he grow up he never had that experience of fatherly love so he builds that desire to be loved by a man, and because of lack of the experience as a result he becomes a homosexual. This tells us it happens because of how he was brought up.
   Sexual abuse is another aspect  because that itself can mess up with a persons mind making he/she feels confused as to what gender they should pursue or is accustom too. A male/female relatives or even a friend introducing teenagers by taking advantage of them engaging them in sexual activities those teenagers now becomes victims because they were welcome by that feeling and goes publicly thinking its “OK” and take away the innocence of others of the same sex that method is called adapting and therefore it becomes a motto that is hard to restrain from.
   Youths who had experiences with the opposite sex because they are young come to the conclusion that, maybe this isn’t for them. The boys comes to despise women and vise-versa, then he/she comes into intimate contact with the same sex who has the same problem starts comforting each other, spending quality time both becomes attach and feel ‘happy’.

   Youths who are reading this or even those of you young people who are homosexuals, do you ever take the time to study how it can affect your lives, your future even your family? This act can cause depression, always have to be thinking “what do I do? No one is going to accept me for this. I will be the center of attention.” They get so depressed and confused that they become suicidal and may even take their own lives.
   Nobody likes the feeling of being rejected because of their status. Think about you being rejected from getting a job, the career you always wanted just because of this homosexuality. It becomes frustrating because you can’t be independent and things get rough.
   Your friends at school despise you. At church, the members wouldn’t want to sit down next to you because you’re considered “unclean”.
 Youths would you like to face these consequences? Would you like your friends to go through all this pain?
   My youths, there is not a single person in this world who was born a homosexual. Pray without ceasing for the Bibles says “With Him ALL things are possible.” Go to a counselor or a therapist where you are more comfortable expressing yourself, they would listen and understand and help carry you down the right path.
I have known of friends who were homosexual at the end of the prayer, counseling and support, they are now asking themselves “what was I thinking?”
The devil is a liar”.
Remember no one is born a homosexual. It is never too late so please take my advice.