Saturday 24 August, 2019

School's security beefed up as old video of student with gun surfaces

File photo.

File photo.

A video of a young boy singing while holding a firearm being shared across social media is over a year old.

The Education Ministry made the revelation as the old video again made its rounds on social media.

In a statement, the Ministry said it performed its due diligence and investigated the matter and found that the video is over a year old and has been treated with by the necessary authorities both at the school and with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

While the video was not recorded on any school compound, the Ministry said it immediately investigated the matter when the video first appeared, in keeping with its focus on student safety.

The student in the video is currently under the supervision of the Ministry’s Student Support Services Division, and the relevant Guidance Officers and School Social Workers have been assigned to assist.

Further, while the video is old, security protocol has been enhanced at the school and the TTPS will be making intermittent checks to ensure that the school population remains at ease.

The work of the Student Support Services Division and School Supervision and Management Division in their response to the matter came in for high praise from Education Minister Anthony Garcia.

“Issues of gun violence have been surrounding us everywhere locally, regionally and internationally.

Though the video in question did not show the young man using the firearm, it is still cause for concern that it was accessible.

The Ministry will continue to work with the Police Service and other private entities to educate our students on the dangers of guns and why they should not be taken lightly.”

Garcia also thanked members of the public who brought the video to the attention of the Ministry without sharing it further.

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