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Jan 2, 2013

3 runaways of Youth Hostel speak of physical beatings

Three girls, wards of the Youth Hostel recently ran away. They are currently together staying at the home of one of their families. The parent of one of the minors contacted News Five because the girls allege that physical beatings as well as emotional abuse were the norm while they were at the facility on the George Price Highway. We spoke to them off camera to conceal their identities.

 

Voice of: Youth Hostel Runaway, Alleges Physical Abuse

“When I mi first gone in there April, I fi mi come out October and this officer tell my social worker that I no ready to go home yet and that I am disrespectful and thing. But I noh disrespect no officer or nothing; this officer just noh like me. And then when October, I mi start give trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble. I neva start give trouble; dah they make I start give trouble because they tell me that my family disown me and all kinda thing dehn tell me. That’s why I start get vex and I start give trouble, trouble, trouble. I get tired of hostel—tired, tired, tired—and they beat me, beat me, beat me. And I get tired of it so I just run away.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“When you say beat yo, weh dehn do? dehn lash yo, spank yo, what?”

 

Voice of: Youth Hostel Runaway

“Stamp me. And the lady weh stamp me, she big sir.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And where does she stamp you? What part of your body”

 

Voice of: Youth Hostel Runaway

“Right pan my side.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“How often does it occur? Did this happen like one time?”

 

Voice of: Youth Hostel Runaway

“Yes sir and she slap me too.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Well corporal punishment does not exist anymore.”

 

Voice of: Youth Hostel Runaway

“When I mi deh deh, ina di book, I read the book and it said that no officer is to beat any resident at hostel and they still do it. And when they beat we sir, they give punishment to who they want. The same people in dorm who they want and when certain officer work, only certain residents can stay outside. Favoritism deh deh sir.”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“Some of them like tell you that you ma no care for you. And I get tired of them telling me that so I just run away.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So you have no problem saying you are there because you have some difficulties, but you don’t wanna hear hurtful thigns about your family.”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“No.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And you ran away a week ago also?”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“Yes sir.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Did you observe any of the beatings that the other girl talked about?”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“Yes sir.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So you have seen this yourself and you also know that that is not allowed?”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“Yes sir.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“If there was some change to be brought out at the hostel, would you have a problem going back? The verbal abuse at least that occurred to you?”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“I don’t know, but I want to go to school because dehn noh send we dah school.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Which school should you be attending? High school; primary school?”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“High.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“How far have you been to school so far?”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“First.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So right now you haven’t been in school since when?”

 

Voice of: Second Youth Hostel Runaway

“Since wah week before school shet.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“The other two girls are your friends. You ran away also, but you yourself haven’t been abused. What have you observed while at the Hostel?”

 

Voice of: Third Youth Runaway, Alleges Physical Abuse

“When I mi deh dah di hostel, I observed when they stamp up she, slap she ina ih face and side ah ahn.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And what about the emotional abuse talking about the family doesn’t love them; doesn’t want them?”

 

Voice of: Third Youth Runaway

“Yes, many times. Only that, but from there I noh got no problem. I just noh like weh I deh. Christmas, we mi lock up fi Christmas we couldn’t come out. all weh di officer do dah sleep.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“So what would you want for you and your friends? I mean you are not going to school.”

 

Voice of: Third Youth Runaway

“Well I noh want go back dehn.”

 

All three girls say they would like to return to school.

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12 Responses for “3 runaways of Youth Hostel speak of physical beatings”

  1. Storm says:

    Incorrigible minors, irresponsible guardians, or both?

    Sadly, places like the hostel are necessary in society, but they must be respectfully run to the extent that the wards permit that. I hope there is a careful investigation and a public report at the end.

  2. melinda says:

    Send them right back. Only first form and admitting to giving trouble when they so please? Come on ! These are the same type of girls who like to hang with gangs and big up the little suckers when they kill people. Lock them up right back and no more interviews for these imps.

  3. melinda says:

    SEND THEM BACK! They need the discipline!!

  4. maestra says:

    send them back!!

  5. Jewel says:

    they need the discipline!!!

  6. oscar965 says:

    @melinda…go there for a week and your view will change. I have spoken to two youth who were put there just because thier grades were low…because they did not want to study. The abuse that takes places there is out of control. I am happy to report that the two children are now back in school and doing good. It was a good lesson for them but they still speak of the abuse of power by some of the staff who think they are god and that they can do what they want. It is sad that there is no one who monitors this situation. Some children may go in behaving bad…but they come out 10 times worst

  7. BROWNGIAL says:

    these young ladies need to go back i know many of hte women who work at the youth hostel and believe me they don’t have an easy job working with these unruly young ladies, they are trying their best to make the best of them so that they dont go down into complete ruination but they won’t say that, those girls eat better meals than us, they have a a reesting place and they go to school, some ofthem have it way better thatn ifthey were with their famililies send them back!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Bear says:

    There should be working security cameras throughout this hostel and all such places, so that there will be objective filmed evidence of what happens. Right now we have a “he said, she said” situation, a liar’s contest. Cameras will protect the right and prove the wrong.

  9. Buju says:

    But we have to remember these girls are there for a reason!

  10. reality check says:

    can’t condone abuse, this is wrong. the officers need to be investigated. where is CYDP, Ms Finnegan. NOPCAN NCFC let them come to the defense of these girls. that is what they are being paid for. all these NGOs like is to travel and sit down in workshop. tell me who will investigate these charges.

  11. bmp chic says:

    right buju

  12. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    There should be an investigation,and if it is true actions should be taken against the staff.These are children.They are there for a reason,but not to be abuse,and we wonder why we have the problems we have in society.

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