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Nov 2, 2017

On White Van Menace, Education Minister Says Don’t Feed the Predators

Since last week, photos began surfacing on social media of a heavily tinted, white van without license plate spotted in several communities in the city and the west. It caused a frenzy among parents and residents because of an allegation that the driver of the van was abducting students. Earlier this week, Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett informed the media that there had been no reports made of any abduction. Education Minister Patrick Faber says that the ministry is well aware of the allegations and fears that it is simply a case of ‘crying wolf.’  He says that they’ve been in contact with the police, but there is no reason for alarm because the reports seem to be fake news. Nevertheless, the ministry remains on the alert to ensure the safety of students.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“We have to be very careful about what we say and what we do on social media. I believe that a lot of scaremongering has happened in terms of the abduction of children and these white vans stories. Every time we hear them, as a responsible ministry what we do is we check with the police. If children are being abducted, most definitely, their parents will be reporting abduction or that the children are missing. And so when you hear stories and three days later, no reports have been made, you have to believe that the reports are not the truth. And so my appeal will be more to the people who are evidently fabricating these stories to not be crying wolf or not be behaving like Chicken Little because indeed there may be real predators out there who may well be targeting children or decide to target children. And we want to make sure that when we sound that alarm, all those who are concerned are ready to more knowing that it is a real threat indeed.”

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