The Thunder express our most sincere condolence to the family of the 11-year-old boy who was gruesomely murdered at Kasoa in the Central Region by his friends said be in their teens.
We pray they find consolation and justice within the shortest time possible.
The incident, sad and condemnable as it is, should be an eye opener and a wake-up call to remind us of the cocktail of unsatisfactory situations that has blown into this catastrophe. It should prompt us all, citizens and leadership, to find urgent solutions and remedy to the free-for-all madness that has enveloped a section of our society.
The Thunder admits the incident can be blamed on several factors, but we intend to take them one by one, starting from what influences the behavioral patterns of our younger folks, who would become tomorrow’s leaders.
The type of discussions we as adults have in the presence of such young ones, the materials we expose them to, the friends we allow them mingle and grow with, what we feed their minds with and how well we even know our own children.
The reports on the incident so far suggest that the children involved had discussed the plot for a while now. It was premeditated, it was planned, and it was executed without any adult or parent getting wind of it,
What type of relationship do we have with our children that they have stopped involving us in their plans and decisions?
Could the life of the 11-year-old have been saved in just one of the two teenage suspects had discussed with a parent what plans they had in mind?
Our society has gone mad. We have taken the wrong things as right. We have compromised on behavioral standards to an extent that our tolerance for abnormality cannot be measured.
We have become blind to an extent we feed the minds of our children with poisonous information without we knowing it.
Something has gone fundamentally wrong with us. Yet we live in denial and fail to admit the reality.
How on earth do we expect our children to turn up in this type of society we have created for ourselves.
Children have stopped going to libraries. The libraries have even become scarce and nowhere to be found.
Children now sit with elders to watch every and any content on television irrespective of the age, time and content of what is being shown.
What has happened, is just a reflection of what many Ghanaian children are now exposed to.
We do not agree with the school of thought that the case in question is just an isolated incident involving two youngsters and it should therefore not be made to seem as the general situation.
Perhaps the persons making such arguments are not in touch with the realities on our streets and ghettoes where children are openly seen at betting centers at odd hours.
Perhaps such persons may have to check the ages of persons being arrested for cyber fraud in recent times.
Perhaps, just perhaps…It is too late to change the narrative.