While the headlines of late may have dwelt on an appalling event at John Gray High School, representatives from the education arms of government - the Ministry of Education and the Department of Educational Services - were quick to defend the reputation of school, pointing out that such violence did not define the school.
One entity that seems to be a better representation of the school is the Boys 2 Men programme, for which an induction ceremony took place at the school last Monday. There, 75 boys from John Gray High School were given their blue ties with the Boys 2 Men programme logo and taught just exactly would be expected from them during the year-long programme in which they had just been inducted.
Established in 2009 by school counsellor Christopher Murray, Boy 2 Men has helped countless young men onto a better pathway, fulfilling a mentorship role which perhaps the young men in the programme lacked in their own homes. Boys are given the chance to develop skills, learn how to manage aggression, taught how to become kind and courteous individuals, and can develop the confidence they need to succeed in life. Mentors from all walks of life play a crucial role in this plan.
We believe programmes like these should be loudly lauded for attempting to make a positive difference for at-risk children who would otherwise possibly make bad life choices that could ruin their entire lives. Mr Murray works with just a handful of like-minded caring people and says they need funding and more volunteers to make more of a difference within the community. They hope to reach boys at a younger age when they can be helped along a more positive path before bad, sometimes irrevocable, choices are made. At the Caymanian Times, we believe people like Mr Murray are true heroes of the Cayman community and deserve all the help they can get.
If you have spare time or money and would like to help this incredibly worthy cause, please contact Christopher Murray at 345-329-0021 or by email CCMurray777@gmail.com .