Webster-Roy: Put Down Guns, Protect Children

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

GOVERNMENT Minister with responsibility for Gender and Child Affairs Ayanna Webster-Roy is pleading with the population to put down the guns and protect the children.

“No form of violence is justifiable and violence is certainly preventable. I am making a plea for all those who are considering the use of violence to turn a new leaf and let us together, transform Trinidad and Tobago into a safe place for all our children. Put down the gun, set aside hate and malice and let us reclaim our land for the sake of our children,” she said in a media release on Tuesday.


Her statements follow  reports of  a one-year-old baby girl  being grazed by a bullet in a drive-by shooting in Carenage last Sunday.

Webster-Roy said, “I am deeply saddened by this and other similar incidents, especially where a child is harmed or killed and where a child has witnessed such acts of lawlessness.”


“The public is reminded that every child has the alienable right to be protected from any and all forms of violence, regardless of whether the violence is directed towards the child or whether the child is made to witness or is simply collateral damage due to acts of violence,” she added.

The minister reminded the public that affected families can seek support from the various state divisions including:

  • The National Family Services Division- 623-2608 ext 6701-6711

  • The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service -999

  • The Children’s Authority Hotline – 999, 800-2014

  • Childline –131, 800-4321

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline –800- SAVE (7283)


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