Two teenaged boys perished over the weekend. What turned out to be an innocent arrangement for a social affair between students on the eve of the opening of the new school year, ended up in a double tragedy.
As a result, the date, Sunday, September 2, 2018, will live on in the minds of family members and friends of Perez Hepburn and Franklyn Cooper, as the occasion that resulted in extreme emotional distress and sadness.
During such a sobering time in our society, as many, outside of the family/friendship circle of the late young lads, reflect on the car crash into a utility pole and subsequent electrocution, we suggest a greater insight to a culture which now seems so far behind us.
The Freeport News’ lead stories on Monday and Tuesday of this week informed that the accident occurred around 4 a.m. and “six males” were in a black Ford Escape vehicle. Six teenagers of average build and height amount to a bit of a tight fit, something that road traffic officers constantly warn about.
However, on another perspective, questions have been asked by countless persons in the aftermath of the shocking incident.
“What were those young boys doing at such an hour?”
“Why were they still out?”
“Did their parents know of their whereabouts?”
So many older residents of Grand Bahama and the wider Bahamas know that in their own early, mid and late teen years, there is no way they would have taken the chance to be out of the homestead residence at (what was once called) such an “un-Godly hour.” If by the remotest of chances, they slipped up, it was understood by all and sundry that punishment would result, in many instances the severe variety.
The distraught mother of one of the boys, no doubt is a product of that old wholesome culture and admittedly was confused over the turn of events.
“My son was a very good child, (with) whom I did not have any trouble. Of course, I too, am still trying to make sense of it all, but I would like to warn young men, that whenever they go out with friends, always let parents or some responsible adult know where they are going.”
The tragic development should indeed be accepted as a lesson to all families.
Now is definitely the time to have sobering conversations with the children of households. Re-establish that wholesome connection, that meaningful 24/7 link that once existed, throughout the various communities of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
We extend condolences to the families and friends of the deceased boys and we pray for God’s blessing, as they go through a most difficult period in their lives.