STATEMENT – On the announcement of the disturbing news on the confirmation of the death of Linus Constantine the National Youth Council has been plunged into deep grief, knowing that we have suffered such a great loss.
It is beyond heartbreaking to know that a young man who has so passionately through youth parliament, debated on the motion of impacts of crime would so one day be the victim and be taken away from us.
Linus was extraordinary exemplified. Passionate, determined, proactive, vibrant and eloquent. He was an active member of the National Youth Council, was very strategic in his leadership of his alma mater’s student council body, Leon Hess Comprehensive and also involved in the South Castries Youth and Sports Council. His passion transcended through his constant advocacy on various talk shows both television and radio, in his personal interactions and through his presentations during youth parliament.
The NYC condemns any form of violence especially violence against youth and youth on youth violence.
NYC therefore implores young people to seek conflict resolution methods before resorting to violence whether verbal or physical. Young people are also encouraged to become peer meditators and be their brother’s keeper at their schools and in their social environments. We further encourage parents, teachers and guardians to pay attention to the emotional, mental and psychological health of children and young people and to combat signs of aggression and violence from as early as possible.
There is further need for societal and national inclusion, and we should continue to uphold the principle that ‘it takes a community to raise a child.’ Amidst the many cultural and media influences that glorify individualism, it is imperative that we remain mindful of the values that will ever keep us grounded as human beings; that of respect, love and trust.
Linus’s passion will be continuously driven and upheld through NYC, his life will be celebrated and his determination towards his work applauded.
NYC extends sincerest condolences to the family and close friends of Linus. He will forever be missed.