A teacher, who requested anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the school was sprayed on Saturday and students and teachers returned to school on Monday.
According to the teacher, when the students turned up for school on Monday, the heavy scent started affecting students and the principal was forced to suspend classes until Tuesday. However, after returning to school on Tuesday, students started to experience allergic reactions.
“The students started to experience itches on their mouth, nose and eye,” the teacher added.
The chief education officer and district education officer were contacted and the school principal was told to suspend classes until Thursday. But when teachers and students turned up for school today, the scent was still very high and the students started to experience the same allergic reactions.
The teacher believes that the substance used to spray the school was oil-based and once the student got into contact with anything there, they started to get itchy and their eyes would get teary. The principal was forced to suspend classes again at 10:45.p.m today. Parents and teachers were also informed that there will be no school tomorrow as well.
The source said the school’s current building was constructed using some of the same materials that were used to build the first school, which was some 30 or more years old.
Teachers believe that might be the cause for termites at the school. SNO was also informed that there is no one particular section that is affected, but the entire school. They also believe that the issue will resurface and have suggested that the government look into rebuilding the school, using a concrete structure.