Richard Foran, director of the Alpha Boys' Home, said Swaby was disruptive and chose to leave.
But director of the Alpha Boys' Home
, Richard Foran
, has branded Swaby a liar and said he
was a disruptive element.
According to Foran
, while the legal age for boys to leave the home is 18, when they are adults, the institution does not kick boys out.He
said the home keeps males until age 20 if they have not completed the CXC examinations or have not completed trade training courses which are taught free of cost at the orphanage on South Camp Road in St Andrew.Foran
said the home administration also ensures that the boys have a room, and pays two months' rent for them before they are allowed to go into society.The home also places the boys in jobs when the time comes for them to leave and make themselves into men.
"Mr Swaby chose to leave, we gave him the option to stay on but it was he
who demanded to leave," Foran
said when the Observer visited the home last week."There are 20-year-olds who are still here.We do not turn them out when they have nobody or nowhere to go," Foran
The Alpha Boys Home teaches music, tailoring, printing and farming as well as academics.But, according to staff at the institution, Swaby
had not satisfactorily completed any of the courses and had even become violent towards staff.
grabbed a cutlass and stormed into the tailoring room and threatened to chop up a woman instructor.He
had to be restrained," Foran
The officials at the home said Swaby is a delinquent child who has refused to adhere to the rules of the institution, and efforts to seek assistance for him have come to naught.
went to the Friends of the Poor in downtown Kingston and the people there got fed up with his
attitude and said they could not help him anymore," Foran
But Swaby insisted that he
was ill-treated and also claimed that older males targeted and sexually abused younger boys at the home on a regular basis.He
claimed to have been a victim of the cycle of sexual abuse.
But this claim was denied by Foran
, who said the older boys were separated from their younger counterparts and only mingled during meal time and school hours.
was abused, then he
never made any report to us and we know nothing about it," Foran
During the tour, the Observer saw some boys, barefooted and dressed in navy blue short pants and green shirts, in classes while band members rehearsed their music for an upcoming performance.
"They prefer to walk barefooted and we allow them to.They are quite comfortable," Foran
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