The community of Baugher’s Bay is said to be in a state of fear following a daylight shooting near the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School two days ago.
The shooting reportedly happened in full view of a number of bystanders in the area at the time.
At least one person was shot and according to one resident, children in the community no longer want to go outdoors.
“The kids are scared to be outside. The parents don’t want their kids outside [either] because you don’t know what next is going to happen,” a resident said during a public meeting at the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies yesterday.
The resident then requested that more preventative security measures be implemented.
“It shouldn’t be like this. It cannot be business as usual,” she argued.
Talk with the young people who have lost their way
Alvera Maduro-Caines, who is Representative of the Sixth Electoral District where Baughers Bay is located, did not directly address concerns in relation to the shooting but called for older folk in the community to take young persons ‘under their wing’.
“Sometimes they just need somebody to listen to them,” she said.
“I would like to encourage all of us to speak to the young ones, especially those that have gone by the wayside. Let’s try to help all of them.”
According to Maduro-Caines, the community’s youth are claiming that some older folk treat them with disparage.
The district representative said young persons are visibly afraid to have conversations with these older persons.
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