‘A missing 12-year-old is everybody’s business,’ Potter declares, as she warns against complacency and indifference

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Source Real News Antigua- Gladys Potter, welfare officer of the United Progressive Party, is appealing to the authorities and to the community to seek answers regarding the welfare of a 12-year-old boy who, reports say, has been missing since February.

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Potter, a mother of four, herself, says she was appalled to learn of this matter only on Wednesday morning, June 26 – via a REAL News report – and asks, “how can this happen?”

She recalls growing up in a community in which all the adults used to look out for the wellbeing of children, even going as far as to question strangers about their presence in the neighbourhood.

Like many other residents – including teachers and counselors – she is asking why the public was not alerted to a situation so grave.
“[But] knowing is half the battle,” Potter says and asks what the community is going to do with the knowledge.

She warns that our ways of life and very culture are at stake if this matter is treated with complacency or indifference and fails to awaken the consciousness of the Nation.

Meanwhile, responding to the news on Wednesday, a source tells our Newsroom that, according to the Grays Farm Police Station, the father took custody of the primary-school student and the boy is now living in Bolans.

However, other police and welfare sources contradict that statement, alleging that the boy is not in his father’s care and that each parent has passed the buck to the other.

One disbelieving counselor, reacting yo the police statement, asks: “Did they see the child?”

When a 12-year-old is missing and it is covered up,” Potter says, “it is an evil act.”

Progressive FM talk-show host William “Zizi” Thomas is also shocked by the official silence surrounding this mystery, stating. “that too quiet, Man.”

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He, too, wonders why the matter has not been circulated on flyers or posted on the electronic billboards, thereby alerting the public.

Chiding the so-called activists who, he says, are now aware of the situation, he calls on them to reach out to the parents in an effort to determine what, really, is going on.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. That child cannot be missing . He would have to sit his common entrance cause he was at the five island school . Is he going to school ? Where is he ..something not right here . Where this this baby ? What are the parents saying

  2. The father and mother is hiding something. They know what happened to that child. Was there a dispute over custody of the child and they mistakenly kill the child and both choose to remain silent ? The mother and father seems don’t care whether the child is found or not. The police should take the mother and father into custody and they will talk. Mabe the mother Is hiding the child away from the father in another village or the father doing the same thing.

  3. I have children going there I ask them if the child has been to school since they say no the child did not write common Entrance .

  4. Information needed. His name along with photos. This should be a part of the article or a link to a previous post containing this info (if such exists)

  5. This is very frightening. How can a mom who gave birth to a child, whether the child is bad or not. That child is her belly pain not concern about her child. Well now the whole country knows about this missing young child, it’s the government time now. Lock up both parents, and let them tell the whole country where this child is.
    I hope this is not a sellout situation. I hope it’s not human trafficking. Lock them up until they talk where their son is. May God have his way.

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