Although the Ministry of Education has said that increased security and police patrols will be done in the vicinity of South East Port of Spain Secondary School, President of TTUTA Antonia De Freitas said that the shooting of the teacher at the school yesterday has left everyone traumatized.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Education, five stray bullets were shot in the classroom, with one grazing the shoulder of a teacher while she taught in her Form Two classroom. Another bullet went just over the head of a pupil while he was sitting his end of term examination, missing his head by mere centimeters.
Speaking with News Power Now this morning, the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) said this is not the first time the school has experienced such an incident.
The Education Ministry says an increased security presence in the vicinity of the school has been arranged, in addition to an increase in the number of Police patrols in the area.
The Education Ministry has also said that following the incident, personnel from the Student Support Services Division will immediately provide counselling for staff and students, and will continue to provide similar interventions as required.