THE video of 13-year-old Davion Johnson of Grange Hill in Westmoreland, Jamaica, somewhat calmly introducing us to his impending suicide, is terribly haunting.
“Onnu probably know by now sey mi dead,” is part of the opening words. “Mi tek words to heart,” he says in trying to explain how constant scolding by those adults in charge of him created his inner turmoil.
We may never fully unravel all of the reasons why a 13-year-old boy was so displeased with life that he saw death as a viable alternative. To him, death would be the inner peace that he saw being denied him.