STUDENTS and teachers of the St Jago High School in Spanish Town yesterday began receiving trauma counselling, a day after gunmen from the Klansman gang and the police traded bullets for hours within the vicinity of the school’s compound.
Principal Sandra Swyer-Watson said the students, some of whom fainted and were in a state of shock, appeared to be responding well to the counselling.
“We are very pleased to see the students recovering from what took place…,” said Swyer-Watson.
End-of-term exams were also postponed for the day.
Students and staff members had to be escorted by the police off the school compound after the gunmen attempted to run onto the premises to escape the fighting, which erupted after midday when the a group of gunmen reportedly launched a daring attack on the police.
The police said a member of the criminal outfit who was involved in the gun battle was shot and killed and two firearms, including an AK-47, and 22 rounds of ammunition seized.
According to a police source, the man was wanted for questioning in relation to the rape of a 14-year old girl in the area just hours before the shoot-out in the communities of Rivoli, Ravensworth and areas near the Rio Cobre.
Yesterday, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association condemned the actions of criminals, which it said were causing panic and trauma in schools across the island.
“This is only one of the many attacks on our schools, teachers and students in recent times by criminals who exercise no concern about the trauma and panic their action cause caused,” said the JTA — the labour union which represents approximately 22,000 of the island’s public school teachers.
Source: Jamaica Observer