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CEBM responds to viral photo linking former ‘Pres’ students to Pennywise heist

The Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) and Presentation College, San Fernando have extended deepest condolences to the families of security guards Jeffrey Peters and Jerry Stuart who were killed in the Pennywise robbery on Monday, September 19.

“We pray that God may grant you all the strength and comfort during this difficult time,” the CEBM said in a statement. Prayers were also offered for the full recovery of injured guard Peola Baptiste, who is the mother of a student of St Benedict’s College, La Romaine. She had surgery on Tuesday at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and is warded at the San Fernando General Hospital.

The CEBM has refuted misinformation circulating online regarding past students of Presentation College, San Fernando, who are being linked to the heist at Pennywise. The photo online of three past students with the caption “three of the Pennywise bandits attended PRES what madness” has gone viral.

The CEBM acknowledged that a soldier being questioned by police for alleged involvement was a past student of the school but said judgement was reserved until “all the facts have been ascertained in the case”. The soldier is one of the persons in the photo being shared.

The CEBM further stated the two other young men pictured had “absolutely” no involvement in the tragic event. “They were all schoolmates and teammates at the College. The photo was taken when they were about to graduate.” One of them presently resides abroad.

It appealed for the public to stop casting aspersions which can cause the young men “irreparable damage to their reputations and future endeavours”.

“It is our hope that after all investigations are completed that justice will be served according to the law of the land.”

Apart from the two security guards, four men involved in the robbery were killed after a chase and shootout with police. They were: Greg Dodough, Deaundre Montrose and brothers Kyle and Keyon Ramdhan.