March 27, 2020
A SENIOR administrator of a New Providence school is disturbed by what the COVID-19 lockdown could mean for vulnerable children and wants the government to outline measures to help youngsters at risk of abuse. She said she has remained in contact with her most vulnerable students during the school closure and some of their stories are already harrowing. One 15-year-old victim of sexual abuse threatened to run away last week if she failed to find him a temporary shelter, she said. Another 16-year-old girl called her while enduring physical and verbal abuse from her mother. And on Monday, a 15-year-old girl whose mother died in Abaco during Hurricane Dorian called her crying––she was hungry and has heightened anxiety sharing a small home with 19 other people for 24-hours each day, she said.
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