Ras Simba, President of the African Heritage Foundation (AHF)
A news article carried by the Nation Newspaper highlighting an altercation where a Lester Vaughan student was viciously attacked by a gang of students has caught the attention of the President of the African Heritage Foundation, Ras Simba.
The Friday edition of the Nation Newspaper showed a number of stills from the video which made its way to social media earlier in the week. The accompanying article spoke of the fears of the mother, Marcia Carrington, and how she dreaded her daughter returning to school. The mother also said was left unconscious as a result of the assault and that she was now left with high medical bills for an X-Ray and MRI as well as medication.
In a statement released from the AHF, Ras Simba called for a three day boycott of the Nation Newspaper from Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28. He called the actions of the newspaper ‘careless’.
“I call for this boycott as a concerned citizen who is disgusted that the Nation Newspaper would see fit to publish a gang beating of a school girl by her peers on the front page of their Newspaper on Friday 19th May 2017. If the beating of this young woman was not painful and humiliating enough, in steps our national newspaper to further add insult to injury by making her front page news. How in the name of anything, can this careless action taken by the Nation Newspaper be right or even remotely justified?”
The statement accused the newspaper of selling the pain of the young girl and also lashed out at those who continue to circulate the video on social media.
“Obviously the Nation Newspaper is only interested in marketing and sales. So I say, hit them where it hurts. Next weekend I hope that Barbados will send a message to the Nation Newspaper that we are “DISGUSTED.” Don’t buy a Friday, Saturday or Sunday Nation Newspaper next weekend!”
It also called for the newspaper to offer a public apology to the young lady and her family and the school for the emotional pain the article has caused.