Claims of Dirty Water and Inadequate Food at Youth Challenge Facility Dismissed by Director

Claims of Dirty Water and Inadequate Food at Youth Challenge Facility Dismissed by Director

The Director of the Department of Youth Services, Kevin Cadle, has responded to claims being made in relation to the Mountain Pine Ridge Youth Challenge Facility. Recently, the Guardian Newspaper ran a story, claiming that the food being served at the facility was being prepared with dirty water. The newspaper subsequently posted images to its Facebook page, making added allegations that the young men were not being adequately fed. Today, Cadle told Love News that the claims are false and he believes the newspaper is playing politics with a program geared at assisting troubled youth.

blankKevin Cadle, Director, Department of Youth Services: “We want to change the mindset of our younger generation and develop our young people positively. The way they’re going currently not in school, not doing the right things we need to set the record straight and as the Department of Youth Services we’re mandated to do so and as the director I’m going to get that done. I’m serious about that along with LIU and my other counterparts from the multisectoral approach we’re going to get it done no matter what they say we’re going to work towards rebuilding our country and get rid of the ills that are happening in our country. So when we finished the meeting, going back to the meeting we came to a conclusion, a resolution, that no matter what no marijuana is going to be there and we’re going to upscale what we’re doing and we’re going to make some changes. One of those changes was the same waterway, the catchment, that we were going to refix the catchment as a result of the fact that the water in a sense was just actually unstilled and so I have someone working on that currently. And then we also ordered for a water filter to be up there and I ordered two more vats to store the water for them to wash with and for them to bathe with. And I’m going to reiterate at no point was that water used for food consumption, it is a lie it’s a blatant lie. So coming back down from Mountain Pine Ridge I met three of the ten young men and I took them home and we had a very good conversation. I spoke to the mothers and I told them to come meet me on Monday for us to have a meeting and as I speak currently there is a big meeting in San Ignacio where this particular issue is coming from where the young men’s mothers started to complain and so my staff Deputy Indira Logue along with Deputy Walton Garbutt and a team is meeting currently with those parents to resolve some of the issues. As a matter of fact four out of the ten young men have said “you know what we’re going back we’re sorry we’re not going to lose our challenge. We recognize that we’re at fault too.” and so they’re going back to the facilities today and I expect them to have been there by now as well.”

Cadle added that the Department is now working to install water filters to ensure the water used by the participants is clean twenty-four-seven.

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