By Aaron Humes: The tragedy of two dead and eight injured for the most serious reasons aside, The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) is encouraging the investigation of why one of those victims, a 15-year-old female minor, happened to be at Wabinaha Night Club in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 31.
Police have announced plans to investigate how the minor got in and have questioned the owner of the nightclub. The Committee endorses this investigation of what it calls a “grave infraction” and “a family and child protection issue of extreme importance.”
For the record, says the NCFC, “It is clear that a 15-year-old should not be in a bar or nightclub, which must be reserved for adults…. law enforcement, business establishments, parents and guardians and communities as a whole must ensure that underage persons are not to be in any adult entertainment establishments. In order to protect our families and children, we must give the highest priority to this issue. Only through keen awareness and vigilance will we protect our children and ensure strong and resilient families.”
While neglecting to send best wishes for the recovery of the minor, who was treated and discharged from the hospital, the NCFC says it “will continue to champion the rights, welfare, and development of Belizean children and families.”