Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has met with the 14-year-old girl known as “Granny Quila” who posted a hostile and threatening video on YouTube and Facebook.
Accompanied by Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Senator Verna St. Rose Greaves, Persad-Bissessar said she appeased the visibly distressed teenager who was in the company of her mother and legal representative.
“What I saw today was a terrified child. A child for whom we must support, a child for whom we must help to understand that with rights, come responsibility, and such is the responsibility for which we must all contribute,” she said.
“I am heartened by this encounter, and I take this opportunity to encourage parents to hold your children closer to you. They are our cherished future, a future for which we must guard jealously.”
She said it was her duty as a mother and grandmother that motivated her to encourage an audience with the young teen. Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar has appealed for leniency for the girl, saying that she should not be punished.
However, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs have said that a decision on the child’s fate will be made only after the police investigation is complete.
The girl, who called herself ‘Granny Quilla’, made a video that she first posted on YouTube and then Facebook last week, in which she issued death threats, used obscene language and made racist remarks to Persad-Bissessar over the declaration of a State of Emergency in the country and curfew restrictions in some areas. Among her comments were that a sniper would shoot the Prime Minister.