Minister Williams says social media has amplified gang violence in schools

Education Minister Fayval Williams says social media has amplified the issue of gang violence in the nation’s schools.

Speaking on Sunday at the launch of Anti-gang week, which is being observed from November 13 to 19, under the theme, “Leggo the gang…lift up Jamaica”, Mrs Williams acknowledged that the problem of gangs has been a longstanding one.

She noted, however, that social media has captured and circulated flare ups, bringing more attention to the issue.

Mrs Williams said it is regrettable, that there is a need for an entire week of activities, to address gangs in schools.

Mrs Williams said data show that up to 70% of gang members in the country are between 12 and 30 years old.

She added that targeted effort must be undertaken to prevent children from joining gangs.


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