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JGHS Incident Under Investigation

The RCIPS responded to a call from the school within minutes, and the incident is presently under police investigation. The school has instigated its standard response to serious incidents of this nature.

The RCIPS responded to a call from the school within minutes, and the incident is presently under police investigation. The school has instigated its standard response to serious incidents of this nature.

—Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler

Two female students were involved in an altercation today (Wednesday, 25 November) on the John Gray High School campus. A member of staff was in the process of interviewing one of the students when the other arrived and a confrontation ensued. This confrontation resulted in one student allegedly injuring the other with a pocketknife which had been hidden on her person.

The injured student received medical attention immediately at the school for two non-life threatening lacerations. She was taken promptly to the George Town Hospital and was due to be released this afternoon.

The incident was prevented from further escalation by the immediate intervention of the teacher and a security guard, the former of whom received a superficial injury.

The RCIPS responded to a call from the school within minutes, and the incident is presently under police investigation. The school has instigated its standard response to serious incidents of this nature.

The parents of the students involved were immediately notified and have been assisting in the case. The two students will be excluded from the school pending full investigation and a multi-disciplinary assessment will be undertaken and an intervention response decided.

The students and staff of the school will be fully briefed in the morning and counseling will be made available.

The Minister of Education, the Honourable Rolston Anglin, and Chief Officer Mrs. Mary Rodrigues, along with the Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler, visited the school this afternoon and have been fully briefed on the incident.

Mrs. Wahler noted that since September 2009, John Gray High School has initiated procedural changes which have significantly reduced the number of disciplinary incidents and the number of suspensions at the school. This is the first violent incident involving a student bringing a weapon into the school compound this school year. It is recognized that this is a serious incident, but it appears at this time that it involves a personal dispute between the two students and pertains to matters arising out of school.

The student alleged to have caused the injuries in this case was also involved in a previous incident during the last school year that resulted in another student being injured with a pen. The student was reintegrated into the school following disciplinary action and supportive intervention.

Any parents of students within John Gray High School with any questions should contact the Principal's Office at 938-8571.

For further information contact: Lennon Christian