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Jan 2, 2018

B.N.T.U. Condemns Continued Violence in the Wake of the Murder of Teacher

Desmond Lewis

Teacher Desmond Lewis was brutally killed in the early hours of the morning of December twenty-eight sent shockwaves among his colleagues and the Dangriga Community. The teacher’s throat was slashed and he was stabbed to the upper chest. It happened inside his friend’s home in Belize City but Lewis was last seen with a male friend some hours before. The Belize National Teachers Union issued a release last week to condemn the killing of the teacher. We spoke with President of the B.N.T.U. Elena Smith who tells us that they have raised their voices on the deadly attack not just because Lewis was a teacher and a member of the union:

 

Elena Smith

Elena Smith, National President, B.N.T.U.

“It has gotten to the point where it has gone too far and far too many people have been killed and I would say, a lot of them, senselessly. And so, Mister Desmond, as far as we are aware and have been told, in his career his Principal had a lot of good things to say about him, I understand. So, we feel that as a person who has been giving back to society he is not known as a person who is not working, who looks for hands out, that kinda thing. He has been contributing positively to society and to have his life taken in that manner, we had to make a statement on that.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“When we see people like Mister Desmond killed, your release mentions it, it has a ripple effect; it has an impact on the community they serve?”

 

Elena Smith

“…especially seeing that so many of our black men are being killed. Our children, and as teachers we know this lot because in a lot of our classrooms, because of the lack of that father figure in the homes, we see how they act out and where they tend to behave differently from a child who may have both parents at home.  And so, seeing that we have to go through this, we have to work with these sort of children that come with these experiences from home, it is very difficult for us to just sit back and look at another person have to leave a family like that. It is heart-breaking to say the least.”

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