Concerns over children at political rallies

ngoA local coalition is expressing concerns over the participation of children in public events, such as political rallies.

Dominica is presently in the midst of political campaigning for general election to be held on December 8 and rallies are being held all over the island.

According to the Dominica NGO Coalition children are often seen at these rallies inappropriately dressed making them “vulnerable to exploitation, potential accidents, neglect and abuse.”

Furthermore, the coalition said, teachers and social workers has send out an alert saying that “children who attend the late night events are often late to school the following morning and are without completed homework, breakfast and snack.”

“We urge parents to set a good example in dress code and attitude to promote politics as a serious democratic activity and to recognize that children have a right to be safe in all social contexts,” the coalition said in a release. “We further advise parents to exercise discretion about what is age appropriate, healthy and safe for their children at all times.”

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47 Comments

  1. TeteMorne I From...
    December 4, 2014

    it does not take a Rocket Scientist to figure out that CHILDREN should not be at political rallies. As a matter of fact, if you are STILL in school or college, your butt should be at home and not at some trash spewing rally. I’ve seen some kids at those rallies and they look clueless and tired. Why must an adult drag and kid to a rally, or, why must a college kid attend one? For what?

  2. neither
    December 1, 2014

    Children shouldn’t be at political rallies. I care if it is blue or red. Full stop

  3. Anonymous
    December 1, 2014

    children, girls 14 15 years old drinking alcohol at labour party rally in pottersville smh. where are the parents

  4. VIP
    November 30, 2014

    My Fellow Dominicans
    PLEASE listen to me.

    The point of this Article IS NOT UWP or Labour have children outside, STOP this nonsense of making everything one party against the other. I am reading the comments and Im seeing comments like “Skerrit
    this and UWP that”
    That was NOT the point.
    One of the main points made was this
    ” children are often seen at these rallies inappropriately dressed making them “vulnerable to exploitation, potential accidents, neglect and abuse.”
    No body has really commented on the issue, instead we rather fight each other with “Skerrit is blessed” and “time for change”, One person even goes as far as to call the article rubbish. How can you call such an article rubbish? political rallies must go on, but what business does a child have going to a St Joseph rally and have to wait for a “ride” to come back down and her parents probably home. This is what the article is speaking to when it says “children are often seen at these rallies inappropriately dressed making them “vulnerable to exploitation” because what you think going to happen when Jeff stops for her. The article continues to speak on keeping your children safe. This is what we have to talk about, not about Skerrit or Linton.

    Come on Dominicans, we in 2015 we have to start thinking better than that. We apparently are not yet able to put this Blue and Red thing aside and talk about serious issues when they come up.

  5. Anonymous
    November 29, 2014

    So wait, it was ok for them to be at creole fest and that coalition had no problem at the time? Go find work to do there are enough issues surrounding children for you to deal with instead of coming here talking nonsense in disguise. let parents take responsibility for their children. Talk talk talk talk talk what are you actually doing other than talking to stay relevant?

  6. UWP I VOTING
    November 29, 2014

    Parents these days dont care. Bin my days we could not be going them things dere. you would have to run wen u see mammy coming. what is this world coming to. We need a change in dominica

    • Emailing
      December 1, 2014

      All I know is my child got a scholarship from dlp government, but that child of mines convince me why i should not vote for the DLP, when I understood the reasons I cried and my whole family could not believe my child reasons for turning against this Labour Party government. we will never vote for this Labour Party again, shame on them. here is what my child ask me to write for the dlp, Partido Laborista detener su mal, la culpa es tuya

  7. lovely lady
    November 29, 2014

    I wondered the same thing when I saw two high school students dancing with grown men on stage during destra’s performance in St.Joseph. The things that we Dominicans are accepting in society to be normal these days are unbelievable. This coming election is surely going to show some of us how most Dominicans think. You see I have seen that the party you support in Dominica this day says a lot about your morals and values, because people who support truth, righteousness and justice don’t see this coming from the Dominica Labour Party. I mean we have corrupt examples from money laundering to adultery, stealing, lying the list goes on and on. But the amazing part of all this is that they are wrong and yet so strong about what they are doing and when they are caught they never admit nor defend what they have done, they only slander the messenger. SMH. but all this being said it seems only I and a few have a problem with the state of Dominica. We are not making any progress in growth in our economy for the past 15 years!!!!! WHAT my country has not had any growth in in 10+ 5 years??? YUP and also we no longer care what is right or wrong as long as WHO is doing it. I wish my people could see the potential that we have in this country, we just need the right people in the higher places. We cannot run a country on TAXES ONLY!!! Oh this right here is also ridiculous. High taxes and low wages. Hello you think people will get rich under this. POVERTY IS NOT BY ACCIDENT IT IS DESIGNED. Masa never went away people, he just organized the plantation more brilliantly.

    • Truth
      December 1, 2014

      Well wait, when your party (you think will grow the economy) becomes in power, we will agree with you. Until such time, I am of the view that:-
      – Rome was not built in a day;
      – Dominica was plagued with inherited issues before the Skerrit administration;
      – We are getting there one step at a time and sometimes a backward step followed by another forward
      step (as a result of unanticipated natural events and the like;
      – It was not easier under any other administration in the past – nobody to my knowledge was swimming in
      butter and oil
      – Talk about wrongs, human beings we are dealing with so there will always be wrongs. I know of situations where persons were getting cheques under the table in previous administrations because of who they know. In my opinion all Governments are corrupt worldwide. While I am not condoning this behaviour, I am not going to tiway boyo and meytey pie. My vote will not be the one to cause us to start from scratch because all initiatives were heavily critixized. WHO ARE THEY GOING TO TURN TO!!!!

  8. useless predendes
    November 29, 2014

    i wonder what is GLORIA SHILLINGFORD opinion on this subject?

  9. Pointman
    November 29, 2014

    Certainly right. Why were Wesley children exhibited on a political platform during a rally mocking the PM and his baby son about the election date? Answer that.

  10. November 29, 2014

    I truly believe that the negative results in all aspects of living in this world is because of the mind production–which is fed with negativity at an early age.

    it all started when adults stopped paying attention to what is appropriate for the participation of our children–we argue in their presence, we quarrel and fight in their presence–not to mention abject and obscure feeding that we allow them to receive from Television, the Internet etc.

    In Dominica some people are calling for change, but they don’t realize that the change which is needed most take place in our minds. Our children are now exposed to everything that is bad–they grow into adults and continue with that production of the minds; this situation goes from bad worst; so is the change that we are calling for. Politics in the Nations is always going to be the root of that problem–believe it or not.

  11. Affa
    November 28, 2014

    The kids need to be there with their parents. No ifs no buts. Better than leaving them home, they will grow up with this experience. I’m glad I did as a kid. Whatever doesn’t suit you politically doesn’t have to be thrown out. It’s all good.

    • Truth
      December 1, 2014

      That’s it. But these people have a habbit of criticizing for the sake of just doing that. What we notice, the countdown to election from the past week and weekend, all what they criticized now become their priority
      and promises. I am not STUPID, plain and simple, THEY ARE NOT GETTING MY VOTE

  12. world peace
    November 28, 2014

    i really do not get the point of this article or i dont fully get what exacty is the issue or problem. I have a very clever 10 year old daughter who i take along to some uwp rallys once it it close enough to our home area and not too fa r . We would attend some of these ralleys from 4 pm and leave by 10 pm. However her homework and studies are done before any outings. uwp ralleys are quite enlightening and the whole thing is a learning experience for her. one would be amazed at the level of her reasoning and understanding.

    • VIP
      November 30, 2014

      Not because the situation isnt affecting your child doesnt mean the situation isnt real an ungoing

  13. uh huh
    November 28, 2014

    When children are out till 10 at night during carnival,why nothing is said?

    • VIP
      November 30, 2014

      10 o clock? doe make me laugh . Children getting ready to go out at 11

  14. CARIB
    November 28, 2014

    Carnival, independence and every other sewo…………………. I have seen children as young as 7 out there with their cell phones, where is your mom she told me to call her when I’m ready only now they know ethics. These days parent have no idea where their kids are because they to are young and want to have a good time. Skerrit is responsible for all the wrongs that is going on even know where how their children dress and get home. Skerrit who jah bless no man can, and will never curse. BLESS YOU PM.

  15. Wisdom
    November 28, 2014

    What RUBBISH are you all writing about. Educate yourselves before you comment. children must be the forefront of every thing that matters in the country as well as the elderly. the future Rosevelt Skirrit is paving is for the future generation of Dominica. they are the ones who’s going to benifit. STOP HATING!
    They cannot vote but they can support. It is worth their effort.Parents it’s better to be safe than sorry bring your children where you go. Just keep them near cause D JEALOUS BLUE neighbor next door might harm your child behind your back. Be careful.

    • VIP
      November 30, 2014

      Wh-wh-what?!?!!? . The article is not saying children shouldn’t be there it is the conduct of the children there.
      Listen, let me educate you, because your language and expressions like “Stop hating” leading me to believe you are a child yourself.
      Yes children are the future, but when they go to a political rally and their homework not done the following and they sleeping on them at school the next day you think one day they have a future? What the article is saying ” Yes, by all means, bring your child to the rallies but make sure your child is taken care of, snack is ready for next day, homework is done and so on”.
      SECONDLY Children are the future I agree, but the 99.9% of the children at political rallies are there for the “Sewo” and 99.9% of the children I see there are NOT with their parents. Children do not go to those things with their parents, Sarah goes to hook up with Thomas and Alex go to meet Alexia, the rally is just a venue.
      Thirdly, Children are present at both the UWP and Labour rallies, no were in the article did is say ” Labour has children in it’s rallies” so what point are you making by saying.” Just keep them near cause D JEALOUS BLUE neighbor next door might harm your child behind your back. Be careful.”

      You claim your name is wisdom. do you find that a wise statement?

  16. labour fault
    November 28, 2014

    what you expect when a desperate party want to bring everybody in a rally to look impressive. what you expect from a party who will bring people from all over to influence the election? If they get children to vote they will do it

    • UWP I VOTING
      November 29, 2014

      i agree with you

    • silence
      November 30, 2014

      how can it be labour fault?parents have to take responsibilities of there children.they she look at the way their children dress before they leave the house.and in the first place it’s the parents who by the clothing their children wear.is it labour that buying the clothing too.common use your brain and not you butt

    • anonymous
      November 30, 2014

      So what would your opinion be about the candidate for st joe having her three children on the stage to introduce her at nine thirty in the night? huh? too much hypocricy in Dominica.

  17. Barb-Sepant
    November 28, 2014

    Yeah the earthworms should not be in the ground where the rallies are being held; the birds should not fly over the venue and the wind should stop blowing too!! SMDH!!

    • JOHNNY
      November 30, 2014

      You are making a point, but you did miss the point. The emphasis is noton the children presence at these gathering. I think the emphasis is on dress code and behavior and the implication if they stay too late at these events which could affect their punctuality and ability to follow classes the next day.

  18. natural dominican
    November 28, 2014

    I agree; t is important to keep the next generation away from this trash talk type of politics. Who ugly, who don’t have kids, who my family support etc. It is time to show the next generation of youth that politics is about debating issues that are of concern to the people and country by extension. It is about numbers, unemployment, budget, health, seniors, crime, etc, the issues that will make the people make educated decisions on election day. It is time we the Dominican people hold these politicians responsible for their manifestos and vote them out if the don’t regardless of party.

  19. concern
    November 28, 2014

    Look at the big picture is it the political leader who dress the children and I believe the only person to be blamed are the parents of these children

  20. November 28, 2014

    Where are their parents? The children are not responsible about the way they are dressed,nor are they responsible of being out on the streets alone ,at late hours,,,the parents are responsible .Any parent who respects their dressing code will make sure that their children will do the same…The men or women who preys on children do not have 100% responsibility on the disgusting actions…

  21. The Facts
    November 28, 2014

    There is a time for everything. Children must be children. Their time will come to be adults and how this time flies. Therefore, let the children be children. They should not act as grown-ups/adults before their time.
    There are those who state it is modern days Really? There is no old and modern days for disciplining children. Furthermore, consider, “Jesus Christ is still the Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever.” The Commandments of God do not become modern in this so-called modern days of ideologies, immoral and unbecoming behavior. Heaven and Hell do not change. They remain the same until the end of time to judgment to eternity.
    This group has reason to be concerned. Children are children and should be children. They should be home by a certain, appropriate time for children.
    If they are out in the evening, they should be accompanied by their parents. Hopefully those parents will be responsible ones to ensure their protection and safety.
    Parents should recognize that during the time of exams their children study diligently for these exams. They should not be involved in what which has nothing to do with school and their exams.
    Children should be appropriately dressed, becoming of children. Some parents do not dress them appropriately. Some also give in to their whims and wiles of dressing inappropriately. Be firm parents. God is taking note of your nurturing and the type of discipline you extend to your children.
    To be fair, the leaders may not have given this a thought. Therefore, do not blame them. If they, as well as other electoral candidates do not realize that, they should be made aware of it and hope this never occurs in the future.

  22. The Facts
    November 28, 2014

    Parents must consider that as time progresses, so will children and their disobedience as we adults have noted throughout the years to today. It appears the situation will become worst. Therefore, parents must be aware of this and exercise proper discipline towards their children from the moment they can comprehend. They must not sway from it. For parents, you are the primary disciplinarians and educators of your children.
    As a child, a school child even after I left high school, I was not allowed to go out in the evenings. The latter, in fact, hardly ever alone. Referring to strict parents, has this discipline/nurturing, religious and others assisted me to this day in my adulthood. It is something I am proud of and always will.
    This discipline will show in your overall mannerisms to others, your writings and other actions. When strangers whom you happen to meet and interact with (which you always will), be it while shopping, in public and in your social life of all inform you, you are a gentleman and/or a lady where applicable, it is something you will be proud of. Whenever I receive such a compliment, I always state, thank God for my parents’ nurturing.
    Thanks be to God for my parents and all parents who discipline their children appropriately.
    The day will come when you will reap the benefits of your parental discipline or lack of it. If children adhere to this discipline, their parents will also be proud of them. They will smile and laugh over them and not cry and regret their lifestyle which some of them have adopted and practice, in some cases, due to lack of and inappropriate discipline.

  23. GOD'S CHILD
    November 28, 2014

    Everything that happen is Skeritt all you blaming down to all you bedroom problem. One thing I know for sure the PM is Blessed and Highly favoured.

    • WISER NOW
      November 28, 2014

      The walls of JERICHO is crumbling down. A man who is a self professed GOD is blessed and highly favored? You forget the commandments? Yes we all are sinners but roosevelt skerrit is not of GOD so he can never be blessed

  24. so true
    November 28, 2014

    The sewo labor have that causing that :)

  25. Doc. Love
    November 28, 2014

    Your concerns should be addressed to the Skeritt led DLP. On Wednesday 26th, Skeritt, had three children on his stage dressed in red, on a school day and in the night. He tried to justify his action by calling it the presentation to the youth of his manifesto. He had already launched a manifesto, if he wanted to launch another manifesto to children, it could have been done in the day time. But not so, he just could not let the launching of the UWP manifesto, on the same day, move on without some kind of distraction, therefore, his interest came first, not the children.

    • Anonymous
      November 28, 2014

      The children on Skerrit stage were well protected and secured by their parents. Stop making everything about Skerrit, your obsession is what have you in your dire condition not skerrit and no govt can save you from yourself.

      • Neither red, nor blue.
        November 28, 2014

        Whether they were well supervised or not is not the issue here. There is an appropriate time and place for everything. If the Labour Party or United Workers Party want to raise awareness regarding general elections, I bet they can find time in their busy schedules and make appearances at the schools, or venues that are suitable for children. Moreover, the language that is being used on political platforms, or even the substance of speeches are often very distasteful and inappropriate. So how about we start playing our roles as reasonable and respectable adults, and let children be just that… CHILDREN.

  26. Anonymous
    November 28, 2014

    Society has gone mad. We are guilty of exposing our children to adult life rather early and then we wonder at the madness taking place among our young people. Some parents will simply say it’s nobodies business how they dress their children or where they take them. As parents we can be too irresponsible at times.

    • The Facts
      November 28, 2014

      Do not blame the PM. Parents are responsible for the godliness, health and safety of their children. Consider television in the home, the music/songs which are played, the example and attitude shown in the home in words and deeds.
      Specifically in this era, nearly every parent, if not all, are guilty of bad/poor and inappropriate nurturing and bad examples toward their children which will project in their overall attitude.
      God is taking note, for these children will one day become adults who, in time, will also have children. This pattern repeats itself and even worst as they become parents. The example which is set for them will follow them and remain with them, some to their graves. Those who set bad examples and for their children will pay for it before God.

      • Truth
        December 1, 2014

        If exposing them politically is bad for them, it will show, it all depends on the child’s personality and how it is done in terms of supervision at these functions; but I do not have a problem with that so much because if a parent has control over his/her child otherwise, attending a political rally with the parent should not be anything different from other activity. However, I am concerned of a cut-off time frame that they should go to bed; that homework and schoolwork should be done before any other activity.

  27. truthman
    November 28, 2014

    I know and the big deal about that is , it is examination time

    • Anonymous
      November 28, 2014

      During cxc exam time children up all night watch basketball playoff. Its not elections to blame is the doh good parents who have no control over their children

      • The Facts
        November 28, 2014

        These are some parents who are negligent and who do not appropriately discipline their children. I find it extremely sad that in this era some parents are unable to appropriately nurture their children. It appears that their children rule them rather than they do so. I am reiterating that parents will pay for this.

  28. Al
    November 28, 2014

    something needs to be done about this ! alas

    • UWP I VOTING
      November 29, 2014

      Time For Change tht is what dominica needs

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