Duppy Know Who fi Frighten

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The family of an 11 year old boy who was featured on the local news in November due to his claims of being haunted by the ghost of a deceased friend is in a serious dilemma. The publicity the family has received from the news broadcasts they have been featured in has made them unpopular with prospective landlords and even schools.

The family lived in a 1 bedroom house and have decided that they would like more space but no one is willing to rent to them because they think they are being followed by ghosts. The 11 year old boy, who I am assuming is supposed to be preparing for the very important GSAT (Grade Six Acheivement Test)1 exam is out of school as none will admit him because of the same ghost situation.

While I understand that Jamaican people are generally superstitious and would refuse to rent their homes to haunted people (the people themselves believe they are being hanted) I do not see where a public school has the right to refuse admittance to a child based solely upon these grounds. The boy is evidently troubled and the media attention has surely not helped him any. There was one broadcast in which the child and his family were visited by a pastor who challenged the ghost to throw a missile at him.

I really hope the relevant authorities ensure that this child is in school on Monday morning and someone will attempt to get some counselling for him. Where are the advocates in all this? Perhaps a guidance counsellor or psychiatrist would like to come forward and offer some assistance. In my opinion, (like all pre-pubescent children who have experienced poltergeist phenomena) he is just a psychologically troubled child. The situation needs to be dealt with professionally, IMMEDIATELY.

If any of you, my readers, know the family, please contact me through the comments form below.

P.S. I hope those of you who are in Jamaica are taking advantage of the current ‘oversupply’ of vegetables.

Peace and Love

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2 Comments

  1. Nicoy
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 12:31 AM | Permalink

    Landlords have the right to refuse to rent their property on a variety of grounds. However, on the grounds of the child being followed or haunted by a ghost is not adequate enough to deny that but it is indeed their property!!!
    In the case of the public school, there should be no such situation in which a child is prevented from attending school which widely contradicts with the ministry’s policy of ““Every child can learn. Every child must learn”. This aims at creating a world class education system. The relevant authority needs to intervene because this child is apart of the broad ‘Every child’!

  2. Posted January 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    Of course the child is mentally disturbed (although I am not discounting the supernatural altogether in our lives) and needs to get proper professional help. Is it really true that a school refused him? That is completely nuts. What would our Education Minister have to say about that? I believe he is a sensible man…

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