Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Security review underway at TAYA following violent stabbing incident

Directors of the board of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre on Thursday said that a review of the security systems in place at the TAYA Lounge on Eastern Avenue was now underway following a stabbing which occurred outside the building on September 11.

A woman was stabbed by another outside of the lounge on Tuesday; a 17-year-old has since been taken into police custody in connection with the incident.

While noting that the TAYA Lounge does have a buzz-in security system, cameras and panic buttons, the serious nature of the incident has forced the centre to take a second look at its security systems.

Given the incident, the crisis centre’s board has reaffirmed its commitment to providing a place and a service where teens can talk to an experienced and qualified counsellor who can provide help in dealing with issues.

“We are determined to continue to provide this vital service to help these young people through their issues, and eventually break the cycle of violence, working towards our vision of a violence-free Cayman,” said the board in a release on Thursday.  

In expressing grave concern about the incident, the board further noted that they were monitoring the health of the two young women involved in the incident.

An Open House that had been previously planned for September 12 has been postponed until September 20 to allow for those affected by the incident time to process.

“In acknowledgement of and respect for the two young women involved, we are asking all who come to the Open House and to the TAYA Lounge to sign a “Peace Pledge” committing themselves to non-violence from this day forward, and help us reinforce our message of peace,” added the release .

The Crisis Centre, and by extension Estella’s Place and the TAYA Lounge, is a sanctuary from violence and promotes teaching people about healthy relationships and peaceful resolution to issues. 

The TAYA Lounge currently has a membership of approximately 35 at-risk youth, who come regularly to find refuge.