Thursday 1 October, 2020

After SEPOS shooting, ‘serious concerns’ for teachers’ safety

The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) says it is in full support of teachers taking whatever action they deem necessary to ensure their safety and that of their students.

TTUTA’s stance comes as a teacher of the South East Port of Spain (SEPOS) Secondary School was shot by a stray bullet while in a classroom.

A student was also grazed by a bullet during the incident, which took place around 10 am.

The shots – supposed warning shots – were reportedly fired by gunmen in the Nelson Street Plannings.

TTUTA President Antonia De Freitas told Loop News today’s incident was “one time too many” as this is not the first incident of gun violence infiltrating the school’s compound.

She said TTUTA has serious concerns for the lives of teachers and that of students.

De Freitas said the association wants to see more from the National Security Ministry and the Education Ministry on teachers’ safety while at school.

She said the association is eager to hold discussions with the relevant agencies in this regard to assure the safety of all at the nation’s schools.

De Freitas said she could not confirm whether Education Ministry officials visited the school.  

The injured teacher remains warded at the Port of Spain General Hospital at this time.

Minister Anthony Garcia was unavailable for comment as he is in Parliament.

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