Best News & Current Affairs Blog (2011 & 2012) and Jamaican Blogger of the Year (2011) at The Jamaica Blog Awards.

High School Sex Tapes : Raw & Uncut

In the last five (5) years there has been a drastic increase in the practice of high school students having sex and recording it via smartphones and other recording devices. Often times these students are clothed in full uniform and even more often they are engaging in unprotected sex. The latest video going viral appears to be of a student of Excelsior High in Kingston; true to form, the young lady is in full uniform, bent over in what appears to be an abandoned building by the road side (by the sound of it) and the young man is wearing no condom.

With all the public education campaigns against unprotected sex and the campaigns warning against teenage pregnancy, how is it that these practices are still occurring so casually? Condoms are not scarce, so why aren’t our young people using them? I think it is the stigma. The eye of shame is still given when teenagers try to purchase condoms in pharmacies and stores, and this undoubtedly dissuades them from seeking to purchase the all important commodity. Adults, indeed the Government of Jamaica, need to abandon the policy informed by the assumption that students are not having sex in schools; not only are the having it, they are recording it for distribution – causing the practice to be popular and more students wanting to be a part of what is now seen as a “hype”.

The church and her allies have long lost the battle for purity and chastity, sex is now packaged and sold to our young people, and they are buying it in bulk. The purity ring is now predominantly for fashion, just ask anyone who served in the Bush Administration, they can tell you. They tried to promote the idea of abstinence and failed miserably. We have to chart a new course, a course that makes condoms available to students in schools. The inescapable reality is that our students are having recorded, unprotected sex. I for one would prefer the recorded sex be protected, but that’s just me. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m just as concerned about the younger students getting access to condoms, should they be made available in schools, and engaging in sex they cannot consent to. However, I think a distribution policy can be crafted which sees the Guidance Counsellors and school nurses verifying which students are being given condoms. I know it isn’t fool proof plan, but it is a much needed start. We cannot allow the prevalence of STIs and teenage pregnancies to continue. This is where it becomes extremely important for the Guidance Counsellors in our schools are professional and gain the trust and respect of our students. I’ve heard unsettling stories of Guidance Counsellors betraying the confidence of students, this must stop.

If I’m to be honest, I’m not so concerned that the sex is happening, or being recorded for that matter. My concern is with the students being in uniform, sex on the school grounds, as is the case with some of these “tapes”, the sex being unprotected and the way these girls are spoken to – almost as if they have no value or worth. I mean, it is one thing to want the thrill of a recording, but I get a very uneasy feeling when these girls look so defeated and the young men are demanding that they “look inna di camera” or “sumile wid it inna yuh mouth”. It seems too forced, too coerced, all too demeaning.

Finally, our young women need to start taking pride in themselves and the uniform they wear; whatever happened to that tradition? I recall being drilled in how important it was not to bring the name of my school into disrepute and how important it was to be an “ambassador of excellence” when wearing my uniform. Now if I’m a male and I was so drilled, what is happening where our female students are concerned? Are we still insisting that the uniform be respected? We have to find a way to instill this in our students, they must understand that the uniform represents the whole school and these unflattering actions affect the image of that entire body.

Respect the uniform you wear and respect yourself. Let’s ensure we not have the raw version of these tapes, I for one wishes there would be a wrap. Wrap it up kids, wrap it up.


8 responses

  1. Sex is over-rated. Sex is for adults.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

  2. Christina

    Can just imagine how har parents feel if them see d video. Dem muss kill har. These teens just wild, crazy, carefree, immature and love follow company. Dnt see why she would do such a thing, especially the no condom part. Cah grasp it… Guess she on birth control…

    March 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

    • I am convinced that there is something that occurs during childhood and adulthood to make us forget how we were as children. I had sex as a teenager, didn’t record it because I didn’t have access to a camera. When we use terms like “these teens” we present ourselves as circumspect during this period of our life. Teenage is a horrific time when these individuals don’t know if they are children or adults. They have sex being pushed on them from all angles. Then a range of hormones start acting up which they don’t know how to deal with and the fear of being condemned by adults, pushes them to find answers from other misguided teens. We need to try and be empathetic to these young people instead of judging them in our self-righteous garbs…that is all.

      March 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      • I’m not certain I judged, I stated that I have no issue with the sex, just the callous way it wa being had. There appears to be little or no concern for their own safety, and little or no respect for their own bodies. That is an issue for me.

        As it relates to the Guidance Counsellor, I would move to have that individual fired. If one’s religious persuasion prevents you from fully functioning in the capacity you are hired, then you should leave the job. Simple.

        March 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      • I agree with you wholeheartedly on the guidance counsellor. Sadly most guidance counsellors are trained at seminaries, the same institution used to train pastors and church workers, so u see the predicament..

        March 20, 2012 at 7:35 am

  3. kharlar

    It seems the children have no guidance whatsoever. We are assuming that they are ignoring public education campaigns and the messages therein but who can really say if those messages are reaching these children? And how effective are those messages without reinforcement from authority figures who should genuinely care about their interests? So much is lacking from guidance councillors to parents to peers who don’t care about social pressures.

    All these things just make the children seem so lost and without hope. If they have no sensible, responsible individuals to guide them how will they know of or believe in a better way of being?

    March 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

  4. I had a conversation with a guidance counselor recently, who told me in no uncertain terms, that she disposes of condoms when given them by various organizations. She thinks as a devout Christian she should preach abstinence and never compromise her value system by distributing condoms. This conversation took place against the backdrop of many girls failing to complete secondary education at this particular institution due to pregnancy, yet she was unwavering in her stance. These r the people we have guiding our young people, close minded, bigots who lack the ability to reason beyond their nose hair. I do not believe their is an increase in sexual activities among young people, I had sex as a teen and I know many of my friends did as well, I didn’t wear a condom because I knew nothing about it then. Even today we have adults who engage in sex without condoms, so this is not about accessibility, there is something greater occurring in the minds of the people. I enjoyed reading your blog, but I can almost promise you this wont be the last video we see, with the advent of smart phones and cameras in every hand, we see these incidents of recorded encounters more often.

    March 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  5. prophet2012

    “I knew nothing about condoms” lol, really?? ok

    May 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s