Bishop’s High School at Mount Marie Road, Scarborough, was put under ‘lockdown’ on Wednesday afternoon and police were called in after information surfaced that students from another school, carrying a gun, were attempting to enter the compound.
Police reports reaching Tobago Today indicate that around midday the security guard, assigned to Bishop’s, observed a group of five males wearing Signal Hill Secondary School uniforms on the outskirts of the school attempting to enter the compound from the playing field area. That section is unfenced as the playing field is currently under construction.
The report said the guard then alerted the principal who put the school on lockdown and notified the police.
One parent, who does not want to be identified, reported what she saw when visiting the school.
“I went to the school to carry a folder to my son, as he had forgotten it at home, but when I arrived at the school at around 1.30 pm, all the gates were locked. There were police officers outside and I was told I could not go in.”
The total lockdown remained in effect until school was dismissed at 2.50 pm. Police officers remained on the scene.
Efforts to reach BHS principal Cindy Ramnarine for comment were unsuccessful, as Tobago Today was told she was on the compound but not in her office at that time.
Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, who is also responsible for the Division of Education, said the report was very troubling. However, he told Tobago Today investigations revealed that there was no fight or evidence of a gun.
“Preliminary reports suggest that students (boys) dressed in Signal Hill Secondary School uniforms were waiting outside the compound of the Bishop’s High School, presumably to attack two boys from the school. The principal was alerted to the situation and took appropriate action to ensure the physical safety of the students at the school and the police was summoned.”
Charles said he has requested a detailed report of the incident.
Ag. Senior Superintendent Jeffrey George, of the T&T Police Service’s Tobago Division, confirmed that information on a gun on the school’s field was a rumour.
“We have been seeing reports of guns being involved but we have no report of that. Our reports show that some students were near the school to fight other students,” George told Tobago Today.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) Tobago representative Orlando Kerr said he too is awaiting a report on the incident.
However, he said: “I would like to vehemently condemn any action or even idea of entering a school compound with the intent to cause harm. If the reports are true, these individuals should be met with the full extent of the law because a school is a safe space,” Kerr said.