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WEEK DAY PUMP
Parents, teachers demand better security
Pervert sneaks into
Teachers and parents of stu-
dents attendingthe San Fernando
Seventh Day Adventist Primary
School expressed outrage yester-
day after an intruder entered the
girls' washroom, exposed himself
and tried to coerce a nine-year-
old female student to have oral
sex with him.
The incident which took place on
Monday has caused some teachers at
the co-ed school on Pouchet Street,
to withdraw their services and some
parents have opted to keep their chil-
dren at home as they claim this was
not an isolated incident.
An emergency meeting is expect-
ed to be held today, on the school's
compound, where officials from the
Ministry of Education would meet
with the Parent, Teachers Associa-
tion (PTA) as well as the representing
teachers union to discuss the inci-
President of the T&T Unified As-
sociation (TTUTA) Lynsley Doodhai
said while he was thankful no child
was hurt or sexually assaulted, he was
alarmed by the breach of security.
He said it was not the first time an
intruder had made his way into the
compound but the authorities have
failed to implement security meas-
ures recommended, in the past, to
avoid such incidents.
Doodhai said they have recom-
mended additional security person-
nel as well as the vertical extension
of the wall surrounding the com-
pound or the placement of barbed
wire around the perimeter to ward
Members of staff said the pervert
gained access to the school pretend-
ing to be a plumber doing repairs to
the girls toilet. Some of the students
used the washroom and left, while
others left without using the facilities
on seeing the man.
The lone security female guard was
securing the front of the school at the
time, school officials said.
Between 8.30 to 9 am one of the
students saw the man peering over
the wall while she entered one of the
toilets. She left without using it. An-
other student who saw the man sit-
ting on the toilet seat with his pants
down and masturbating, said he used
crude and obscene language to make
an indecent proposal for her to have
oral sex with him.
The child left and at this point, a
teacher observed the man, who was
dressed in a green long-sleeved jersey
and three-quarter pants coming out
of the toilet.
She queried from other staff mem-
bers whether anyone was authorised
to do repairs and after being told no,
she returned to see the man jump-
ing over the wall and exiting through
the yard of a home owner next to the
A report was made to the San
Fernando Police Station and police
officers visited the compound, but
no arrest has yet been made.
A teacher said there are only two
security guards on the compound.
One on the morning shift and an-
other at nights which is inadequate to
protect the 300-plus students as well
as the 15 members of staff, including
principal Yvette Fournelier.
The teacher said they have recom-
mended additional security, includ-
ing the securing of the fence. Parents
have already begun donating funds
for the securing of the compound.
President Anthony Carmona
said yesterday he was depressed
by the number of murders tak-
ing place in the country.
Carmona was speaking during a
function he hosted for the St James
Police Youth Club at his St Ann's
Many members of the club gave
testimonies about the positive ef-
fect the club has had on their lives.
In his address, Carmona said he
was being affected by the amount
of murders taking place in the
He said he felt depressed, yes-
terday when he saw a newspaper
report about seven murders in the
past 12 hours.
"When I got up this morning I
was down, I was down and out,
because when I picked up the
newspaper and I saw seven persons
were murdered in 12 hours and I
remembered the 16-year-old girl
who was strangled and I remem-
bered the two brothers in Laventille
who were murdered."
He said he "thought about the
families pain and anguish - some-
thing that I have experienced all my
life because of the job that I have
done. I have prosecuted killers. I
meet the families of victims and I
do not know what to say when they
cry out for justice because justice
is more than sending somebody to
Carmona said he was privileged
enough to meet mothers of accused
persons who express deep grief for
the actions of their sons (who com-
mitted the offence)."
But he said he had seen the
ascendancy of the human spirit
when mothers of victims forgive
the one responsible for the offence.
Carmona said he has always had a
heart of "compassion, forgiveness,
resilience and hope."
Carmona said citizens should
display "mercy to those who pelt
stones in your direction," adding
that it was an important lesson
taught by the great masters.
"We need to stand up and stand
your ground in doing what is right
and what you feel is right," he said.
"I can talk about crime. I can talk
about solutions. I know solutions
are there is hope for everyone," he
Also present at the event was
temporary Independent Senator
Nikoli Edwards, who told members
of the youth club that they needed
to be grateful for what they had and
to also be determined at all times
to be the best they can be.
Carmona said Edwards also
suffered a great loss as his father,
Hassan Atwell "was murdered."
Atwell was one of three prisoners
who escaped from the Port-of-
Spain State prison on July 25, 2015
and later killed in East Dry River
while on the run.
14 pupils sick after inhaling pesticide
Fourteen pupils and three
teachers at the Rio Claro Vedic
School had to be taken to hos-
pital yesterday after falling ill
after inhaling pesticide from a
The Ministry of Education was
unaware of the incident and said
they would investigate. It was un-
clear how many pupils and teachers
were still undergoing treatment late
yesterday, but the T&T Guardian
was told that some were taken to the
San Fernando General Hospital and
the Sangre Grande Hospital.
A report stated that the students
began complaining of feeling nau-
seous and by 10.20 am, the school
Health officers from the Rio Claro
Health Centre and ambulance re-
sponded to the school.
Chairman of the Mayaro/Rio
Claro Regional Corporation Hazarie
Ramdeen said pesticide was being
sprayed on crops along the Tabaquite
Road, a short distance away from the
It is believed strong winds drifted
the chemicals to the school.
"What happened is that some vil-
lager was spraying pesticide or some
chemical to get rid of pest in their
vegetable garden. The children in-
haled the chemical that came across
with the breeze. They began feel-
ing sick so they were rushed to the
Rio Claro Health Centre and some
were transferred to the San Fernando
General Hospital while others were
taken to Sangre Grande. We also had
to treat three teachers as well," Ram-
He said given the effects the
chemical, he intended to visit the
area and inform farmers and gar-
deners that spraying should only
be done at night when school was
not in session.
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