Youth Advocates Express Outrage Over Meadowbrook Teen’s Murder

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There’s growing condemnation of the killing of 17-year-old Meadowbrook High school graduate, Micholle Moltan.

Moulton’s killing has sparked widespread outrage, with both Prime Minister, Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, expressing condemnation.

A group of eight youth organizations across the country are adding their voice in bemoaning what they describe a “heartless act”.

The group includes the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network, the National Secondary Students Council, National Youth Council of Jamaica, The Guild of Students, University of the West Indies Mona, Talk Up Yout and Equality Youths.

President of the National Secondary Students Council, Alnastazia Watson, says as a young woman she does not feel comfortable in a society where violence has become a norm.

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Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network, Christopher Harper, it’s sad that the country is at a stage where there’s no regard for life.

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Deputy Chairman of the National Youth Council of Jamaica, Sean Davis, says youths are at risk in the country.

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Mr. Davis is calling on the society to condemn and challenge violence in the society.

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The young advocates are calling on residents of Arnett Gardens to come forward and provide information to the police.

The youth organizations say it’s time to collectively respond to what they’re calling ‘heinous acts of violence’ and demand justice.

They’re also offering condolences to Micholle’s family and friends.

Seventeen-year-old Micholle and her 12-year-old sister were shot by unknown assailants at their home while they slept on Sunday morning.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.