The Child Protection Unit is actively investigating an incident, where a ten-year-old boy was seen kneeling outside a house in Carapichaima on Monday.
Head of the CPU Insp Claire Guy-Alleyne said the authorities were alerted around 5.30 p.m. when the child was seen by passers-by and motorists kneeling with his hands upraised.
A passerby stopped upon seeing the child kneeling on the road, then spoke to an adult in the porch area of the house.
The child then returned into his home and the gate was closed.
However, the passerby informed a team of Customs and Excise officers who were on their way to another location to conduct an exercise, about the incident.
The officers questioned the child’s mother and other adults at the house.
Guy-Alleyne said, “It is really sad to see this happening to a child in 2021. Children are already not in a normal state having to deal with the pandemic, not being among their friends”. “We will be investigating whether or not the punishment was reasonable for this child”, she said.