Many in Cayman are celebrating two local heroes who disarmed, chased and detained two would-be robbers Monday.
With the increasing incidence of armed robberies and the sparsity of apprehension of perpetrators, people welcome news of a robbery foiled to by two local passersby, who heroically nabbed the bad guys. Cayman might not have Batman or Spiderman to fight crime, but we seemingly have Fisherman, or to be precise, the dynamic duo of fishermen.
Despite this being such a good news story for residents, we shouldn’t lose sight of two very important things: firstly, that what the fishermen did was extremely dangerous and could have, had the shotgun been loaded in the hands of a nervous triggerman, led to tragedy. Happily, things worked out well, but members of the public shouldn’t see this episode as a call for widespread vigilante justice. In the end, robbers are looking for things like cash and valuables, material possessions that can be replaced. Human life cannot be replaced.
The other thing we must consider is the age of these two bad guys, who are really just boys of 17 and 18. Although these boys are quite possibly the apples of their parents’ eyes, they have turned into gun-toting, robbing criminals who deserve to feel the full brunt of the penal code.
But how did these boys, like those who robbed the tourists in East End and others suspected of robberies, end up like this, especially in Cayman where there has been such a low historical incidence of armed crimes?
Some would have us believe that because expatriates are holding jobs that Caymanians are entitled to, young men have no choice but to resort to crime. We say that is utter hogwash.
However, it is true that having young men leave school without any skills or even the ability to read and write sufficiently enough to get a decent job, and then sit idle on this materialistic Island with trappings of wealth all around, is simply a recipe for crime.
It might be risky business for two local heroes to disarm and apprehend two robbers, but it is truly dangerous to continue to allow our education system to graduate aimless young men with no skills.