The Ministry of Education has condemned the recent incident involving a security personnel accused of allegedly attempting to rape a female student at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
Chief Education Officer Marcus Edward said the ministry is “utterly disturbed” by the event and said it expects that the college will review it’s security arrangements.
The alleged perpetrator in question may be from a private firm hired by the college.
“We expect security personnel to operate with the highest regard for the individuals whom they are engaged to secure. Allegations as it may be, we will treat such matters with utmost efficiency and urgency,” he asserted.
Edward stated that a meeting is being organised between the leadership and chairperson of the college board to review and discuss the situation, so as to put measures in place to avoid a possible reoccurence.
“I would expect that the college will meet with the student body and parents to arrange support services for the victim in this matter. But we want to take this time to say that as a community, as a society, we must condemn such acts. And I think we as a society do condemn such acts,” he added.
The education official said society cannot accept and should not tolerate persons, whether they are employees or persons who are put in position to safeguard the welfare and well-being of others to disrespect them and seek to violate them.
“The Ministry of Education strongly condemns the act that has been allegedly perpetrated at the college.”
An 18-year-old female claims she was playing hide and seek with classmates on Wednesday evening, when the security guard allegedly followed her to the room she was hiding, and closed the door behind him.
He began asking the student inappropriate questions and pulled out his penis.
After witnessing that, the young woman reportedly jumped through a window and shouted for help.
The man was arrested by police on Wednesday evening.
Persons in the legal profession said it might be a case of indecency and not attempted rape.