Thursday 14 November, 2019

Education Ministry reveals its response to fatal school stabbing

When it received news of Friday’s stabbing incident at the Frederick Smith Secondary, the school was immediately dismissed and counsellors were summoned to counsel any student and staff member who may have witnessed or have been affected by the incident.

In addition, a high-level team from the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training was dispatched to the Trents St James School, which included Minister Santia Bradshaw, Parliamentary Secretary, Dr Romel Springer; acting Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson; Deputy Chief Education Officer, Dr Roderick Rudder, and other ministry officials.

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In a statement issued last night through the Barbados Government Information Service, the Ministry said they also spoke to the parents of the deceased student and offered their condolences and the Ministry's support during this difficult time. Discussions were also had with the principal and staff of the school and later joined them in prayer, led by members of the clergy.

Time was also spent listening to the staff as they expressed their feelings and concerns.

Bradshaw also spoke to the staff and gave them the assurance that their concerns were of great importance to her and would be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Speaking to the media after, the minister said she was deeply saddened by what had transpired.

“I cannot imagine the pain this incident has brought to the families impacted as well as the school population and wider Barbados.

"Two young lives have been tragically changed forever through violence, which should have no place in our schools or country. As a society, we must confront this issue of conflict resolution head-on.”

She noted that everything would be done to assist the school in returning to normalcy.

As a result, there will be no school on Monday, and counsellors would be made available for students at the Ministry of Education, Elsie Payne Complex, while staff will report to the Erdiston Teachers' Training College.

Parents and guardians of the students attending the will be informed when it will reopen.

 

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