(SNO) — Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has expressed confidence in the manner in which her ministry is handling a gun incident at the Corinth Secondary School.
Speaking to the media for the first time on the matter this week, she said such events should not be happening at any school, saying they are wrong and in some cases, illegal.
However, according to her, the matter is being handled professionally by her ministry.
“I trust that my colleagues, having briefed me, and having had internal discussions, are very clear what needs to happen next,” she stated.
“It is not subjective, it is not that the minister decides what happens next, but there are established protocols regardless of who the minister is, that will guide to how we respond to those situations,” Rigobert added.
Reports are that on January 16, 2018, a student brought a firearm to the school and it found its way to a teacher.
The teacher eventually returned the gun to the student and a police investigation ensued.
The student is on suspension and Dr. Rigobert refused to comment on the status of the teacher, saying the matter is before the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and agencies concerned.
“I would hesitate to comment on that because the situation is with the requisite agencies that can rule on such a thing,” she remarked.
She was quizzed on whether she had spoken to the principal of the school on the matter.
“No, I have not spoken to the principal,” she said. “And I would say to you that there is no reason for a minister to engage with any principal for those issues, that is why we have a management structure. So I was briefed by my chief education officer who is the person that is directly responsible for school supervision.”
Reports are that the firearm has not been recovered and no arrests have been made, to date.