Saturday 18 January, 2020

No truth to shooting near Sando school, Ministry says

There is no truth to reports of a shooting near the Anstey Memorial Girls’ Anglican School in San Fernando.

This, from the Education Ministry which in a statement rubbished reports of gunshots near the primary school around 9 am on Thursday.

Following a visit to the school by School Supervisors from the Victoria Education District it was determined that there is no truth to the newspaper report.

According to the Ministry, the school’s principal in a written report said at 9:02 am the security officer reported that an intruder ran through the compound, allegedly being chased by the police. The man jumped the wall, ran through the compound and exited at the back of the school. 

The Principal’s account of the incident indicated that there was no shooting on the compound and the students were at all times safe.

The Ministry also denied there was screaming or pandemonium in the school as claimed by the newspaper report. San Fernando Police declared the school compound safe after conducting a thorough search of the premises.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia reaffirmed the safety of students and teachers remains a top priority.

Garcia added that the Ministry continues to collaborate with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), National Maintenance Training and Security Company (MTS) and related partners to ensure the nation’s schools remain safe for teaching and learning purposes.

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