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“The students are safe.”

This assurance from Chief Executive Officer at the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM) Sharon Mangroo as she provided The Catholic News with an update on the incident which occurred on the compound of the Providence Girls’ Catholic School, Belmont, today, Thursday (May 18).

There was a report of a bareback man running through the school yard with blood on him. He appeared to be shot. Mangroo explained there was no active shootout at the school compound.

“So, the students were saved from that extra trauma. Everybody’s safe now…schools up against the Lady Young Road and somebody seeking to run away will run up the Hill,” Mangroo said via phone.

She underscored no student was physically injured.

The Catholic News was reliably informed that the parents, except for students writing Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations, collected their girls from school.

Mangroo said the school principal Krisal Gorin was visited by the School Supervisor, the Permanent Secretary, and persons from the Student Support Services Division of the Ministry of Education.

Drawing reference to the recent act of violence where gunmen entered Belmont Secondary School and accosted a safety officer last April, Mangroo warned, “we need to be careful…. this doesn’t really have to do with the school. So, it’s not as if the schools are being targeted, it’s just the society is facing that problem right now.”

By Kaelanne Jordan