Skip to main content

Release Date

Re:  Abduction and Murder of  8 yr old Danielle Rowe

The Jamaica Teachers' Association, while still basking in the success of our children at the 38th JTA Sagicor National Primary School Athletic Championships on June 9 and 10 is equally distraught by the news of the passing of an eight year old student at the Braeton Primary School.

Danielle Rowe, the eight-year-old student was abducted from her school in Portmore, St Catherine and later found with her throat slashed in Vineyard Town, St Andrew on Thursday, June 8.

The teachers of this nation condemn this gruesome act and, the growing onslaught on the nation's future, our students.

We have found ourselves at a new level of depravity, if we now turn on our young. God will hold us accountable for the stewardship of the children he has given to us for but a season.

As a nation we must repent and recommit to the care and protection of the young and most vulnerable amongst us.

Perpetrators of these heinous acts related to our children should be pursued, investigated thoroughly and the warranted penalties applied. Justice and truth be ours forever.

Teachers are encouraged to remain vigilant and schools are asked to review annually and to improve their safety and security protocols.

The government of Jamaica however, must address the deficits through adequate funding if we are to arrive at an education system with safe environments that truly protect our children. “Ultimately, it is the state of crime in the nation that is the root of the problem. At the heart of that problem, is the state of each citizen's heart”.

This Association renews its request  for a day of prayer for the nation's children in light of some 13 deaths reported from the start of this year.

Our sincere condolences to the immediate and school families of little Daniel Rowe and all other families grieving the brutal slaying of their children.

May their souls rest in peace.

La Sonja Harrison


For further information please
Leaon Nash
Administrative Officer
Communications & Public Relations
Email: ([email protected]