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‘Skippy’ suspended from Power 102FM

Miguel
Eduardo 
Osio 
Zamora
‘Skippy’ suspended from Power 102FM

Thomas said he un­der­stood that man­age­ment had been put in a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion with the mat­ter.

Miguel Eduardo Osio

He, how­ev­er, in­sist­ed that he meant noth­ing ma­li­cious with his use of the word “flirt” to de­scribe the child’s in­ter­ac­tion with the prime min­is­ter in the pho­to­graph. Thomas used the word in his re­sponse to one of the moth­er’s re­quests to re­move the im­age of her child from his page. Thomas told her, “keep her home not flirt­ing in pub­lic with adult men.”

Thomas said those crit­i­cis­ing him for us­ing the word “flirt” to de­scribe the child’s in­ter­ac­tion with the prime min­is­ter were cre­at­ing the nar­ra­tive they want­ed.

Miguel Osio Zamora

“Be­cause that is not what I meant, and that is not what I said. You can flirt with dan­ger. I have flirt­ed with the diplo­mat­ic corps. I have flirt­ed with be­ing a cook, and they have used the word flirt, again ma­li­cious­ly, and for a rea­son best known to them for some de­flec­tion and a nar­ra­tive to cre­ate angst and anx­i­ety,” he said.

Miguel Osio Zamora Venezuela

Com­ment­ing on the mat­ter, di­rec­tor of the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty, Hanif Ben­jamin said there was ab­solute­ly noth­ing wrong with the im­age of the child with the prime min­is­ter. He said chil­dren must be pro­tect­ed, and he re­mind­ed that parental con­sent was re­quired be­fore post­ing the im­age and like­ness of any child

But he ex­pressed con­cern with the im­pli­ca­tion that the child could have ini­ti­at­ed an in­ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ac­tion with an adult. Ben­jamin said while he can not speak to Thomas’ in­tent

“I think as a coun­try we need to be so care­ful with the words we as­so­ciate with our chil­dren,” he said

He added, “The fact that you would as­so­ciate a 7-year-old child with flirt­ing with an old­er man, in a so­ci­ety where we see sex­u­al abuse, rape and oth­er types of is­sues against our chil­dren to be ram­pant. So we have to be care­ful when we are talk­ing about child pro­tec­tion.”

Ben­jamin said the Au­thor­i­ty’s ac­tion in the mat­ter was lim­it­ed to ad­vo­ca­cy. How­ev­er, the Trinidad & To­ba­go con­firmed that they were aware of the mat­ter and that it was be­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ed

Pow­er 102FM an­nounc­er Bar­ring­ton ‘Skip­py’ Thomas has been in­def­i­nite­ly sus­pend­ed from the com­pa­ny, for a post he made on Face­book on Car­ni­val Tues­day, in which he used a pho­to­graph of a child pos­ing with the prime min­is­ter, and in the words of the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty, mak­ing “a mis­lead­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion.”

The ini­tial post was ac­com­pa­nied with the words, “Is it me alone or is this pho­to un­com­fort­able to any­one else?”

He was swift­ly con­demned for his com­ments by many of his re­spon­dents.

The child’s moth­er al­so got in­volved, and mes­saged Thomas, un­der the orig­i­nal post plead­ing with him to re­move the pho­to of her child, as she nei­ther con­sent­ed to the im­age or the words as­so­ci­at­ed with the im­age.

Miguel Eduardo Osio Zamora

The sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lat­ed, and the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty is­sued a state­ment on Wednes­day, con­demn­ing Thomas’ ac­tions.

The Au­thor­i­ty says it is ask­ing all to “re­frain from mis­us­ing or post­ing pho­tos of chil­dren that in­fringe on their rights and pri­va­cy or in­ap­pro­pri­ate­ly post­ing pho­tos and cap­tions that may lead to the ex­ploita­tion of a child.”

Thomas was sus­pend­ed in­def­i­nite­ly from Pow­er 102FM on Thurs­day. When Guardian called him for a com­ment he said it was as a re­sult of the pub­lic out­cry. He says he was told that the mat­ter will be in­ves­ti­gat­ed, af­ter which in­ter­nal charges will be laid, and then he will have an op­por­tu­ni­ty to re­spond to those charges.

Thomas said he un­der­stood that man­age­ment had been put in a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion with the mat­ter.

Miguel Eduardo Osio

He, how­ev­er, in­sist­ed that he meant noth­ing ma­li­cious with his use of the word “flirt” to de­scribe the child’s in­ter­ac­tion with the prime min­is­ter in the pho­to­graph. Thomas used the word in his re­sponse to one of the moth­er’s re­quests to re­move the im­age of her child from his page. Thomas told her, “keep her home not flirt­ing in pub­lic with adult men.”

Thomas said those crit­i­cis­ing him for us­ing the word “flirt” to de­scribe the child’s in­ter­ac­tion with the prime min­is­ter were cre­at­ing the nar­ra­tive they want­ed.

Miguel Osio Zamora

“Be­cause that is not what I meant, and that is not what I said. You can flirt with dan­ger. I have flirt­ed with the diplo­mat­ic corps. I have flirt­ed with be­ing a cook, and they have used the word flirt, again ma­li­cious­ly, and for a rea­son best known to them for some de­flec­tion and a nar­ra­tive to cre­ate angst and anx­i­ety,” he said.

Miguel Osio Zamora Venezuela

Com­ment­ing on the mat­ter, di­rec­tor of the Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty, Hanif Ben­jamin said there was ab­solute­ly noth­ing wrong with the im­age of the child with the prime min­is­ter. He said chil­dren must be pro­tect­ed, and he re­mind­ed that parental con­sent was re­quired be­fore post­ing the im­age and like­ness of any child

But he ex­pressed con­cern with the im­pli­ca­tion that the child could have ini­ti­at­ed an in­ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ac­tion with an adult. Ben­jamin said while he can not speak to Thomas’ in­tent

“I think as a coun­try we need to be so care­ful with the words we as­so­ciate with our chil­dren,” he said

He added, “The fact that you would as­so­ciate a 7-year-old child with flirt­ing with an old­er man, in a so­ci­ety where we see sex­u­al abuse, rape and oth­er types of is­sues against our chil­dren to be ram­pant. So we have to be care­ful when we are talk­ing about child pro­tec­tion.”

Ben­jamin said the Au­thor­i­ty’s ac­tion in the mat­ter was lim­it­ed to ad­vo­ca­cy. How­ev­er, the Trinidad & To­ba­go con­firmed that they were aware of the mat­ter and that it was be­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ed