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Jan 3, 2013

Runaway girls need to be found

Starla Bradley Acosta

On Wednesday we told you about three teenage girls, minors who fled from the Youth Hostel on the George Price Highway. They alleged that at least one girl was regularly stomped several times on her torso when she misbehaved and all three were allegedly subjected to emotional abuse by employees of the Hostel. The Director of the Community Rehabilitation Department, Starla Bradley Acosta says that the allegations will be investigated, but it’s necessary to get the girls off the street.


Starla Bradley Acosta, Director, Community Rehabilitation Department

“The young ladies ran away from the youth hostel on Sunday. The first that we heard of any allegations of child abuse or neglect was on your newscast last night. Before that, they had not reported anything to any of the supervisors at the institution. And one of the things that we try to do is empower our children with information. And from what clearly was stated by one of the young ladies who were interviewed, they were aware that in the handbook, we have a zero tolerance policy for child abuse and neglect. Further to that, they are also aware that if something should arise that they are mistreated, there is a policy that states the procedures for them to follow. It’s unfortunate that they didn’t inform the facility, but we still take every allegation very seriously. We are trying to locate them. We are working with the police; today we are following up on some leads. Once we locate them, the Department of Human Service, which is our sister department under this ministry, is going to lead that investigation.”


Jose Sanchez

“What would be the normally course  for when young girls behave as bad as this—as one girl said she behave bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, but dehn neva mi supposed to beat ahn?”


Starla Bradley Acosta

“We try to use different behavior modification strategies. We don’t deal with corporal punishment. They would do extra chores or have certain privileges taken away. We have a point system that they follow and so we would use some of those alternative methods to try… Each child is different so what might work for one doesn’t work for the other. But really and truly, these children already come from very difficult circumstances, so one of the things that we will not perpetrate in the institution that tries to rehabilitate them is to continue along the same lines of abuse and harsh treatment. We got to show them something different. So that is one of the reasons why we want to get to the bottom of this so that we can move forward.”


The alleged victims told News Five on Wednesday that they would like to go back to school.

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5 Responses for “Runaway girls need to be found”

  1. Storm says:

    My best idea ever: GOB should come up with a way to put children into suspended animation when they reach puberty, and bring them out when they are around 25 years old. Adolescence is hard on everyone in its vicinity!

    I’m always amazed any of us survive it.

  2. BAD says:

    They li gal di smell theyself!

  3. REEL says:

    Dept of Human Services cannot investigate itself, we saw that with KHMH, we see it with Police they will always cover up because they are also ultimately responsible.

  4. CaseClose says:

    who would they report the abuse to? the same abusers?

  5. Al says:

    These poor children are being short changed, look a the homes they are coming out of. so many of these girls have been cursed so badly by the very woman who have given birth to them, that they have no identity or respect for anyone. The parents should be locked up. I have heard parents call their children terrible names, how can our children develop healthy personalities when they are always told how stupid they are, how ugly they are, how dumb they are, how no good they are, undeveloped minds begin to believe these things and behave accordingly.
    These girls need more than school, they need psychological counseling, they need self development classes, they need someone to give them some hope.

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