Monday 19 August, 2019

Counselling offered to students after schoolmate killed

Education Minister Anthony Garcia interacts with students of the Morvant Laventille Secondary School following a visit on Tuesday.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia interacts with students of the Morvant Laventille Secondary School following a visit on Tuesday.

Any student of the Morvant Laventille Secondary School who needs counselling, following the death of 15-year-old Joshua Andrews, will have it made available to them.

Andrews was killed after the car he was in was shot at. Another student who was hospitalised following the incident was discharged on Tuesday.

Education Ministry officials gave the assurance that counselling will be made available through its Student Support Services Guidance Support Unit following a visit to the school on Tuesday morning.

A similar promise has also been made by officers of the Morvant Police Station who visited the school this morning, to let the students know that there were options available to them.

Today’s visit was to also let students know that law enforcement in this country wanted to work with them, and not against them, and that there were several youth programmes available for those who wanted to explore a new avenue to life.

On Tuesday’s visit, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said he empathised with the students and teachers following Andrews’ death.

“I know these are difficult circumstances, and I wanted to come here to extend my condolences first hand to the students and teachers of this school, especially as it has been going through its own trying circumstances in the past. It had been closed for some time, and just as we were finally able to get things up and running, this tragedy struck, and it hit us home. In our hearts,” Garcia said.

The Education Minister called on the support of all stakeholders, including the principal, members of staff, and even the immediate community, to ensure that the students were taken care of, and to report any illegal activities once witnessed to ensure that no such tragedy is repeated.

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