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(SNO) — Former government minister Richard Frederick has called on the police commissioner to investigate a photo in which two secondary schoolboys brandish firearms.
Frederick, a lawyer and former minister for physical planning, housing, urban renewal and local government, made the call Thursday via his weekly live talk show, ‘Can I Help You’, on MBC television.
During the show, he displayed the photo of the boys but had their faces and school crest hidden with emojis. St. Lucia News Online, which obtained an uncensored copy of the photo, was informed by law enforcement sources that the school crest belong to the Clendon Mason Memorial School in Dennery.
According to Frederick, one of the boys in the photo is the son of a police officer.
“Now Mr. Commissioner, one of them, his mother is an officer. Bring him in, force them to tell you whose guns were they,” Frederick said.
“One has a shotgun, the other has a pistol holding it in … side-ward down manner,” he added. “That is what we come to today.”
The former Castries Central parliamentary representative said “lawlessness is on the rise” and the government is not a good example of upholding the law.
“But if you stand lawlessness with the government, if there is lawlessness in the government, then there must be lawlessness that permeates every sector of our society. What is going on in this country? Somebody tell me. Schoolboys, secondary-schoolboys, recruits to a criminal empire, that is where we are at now.”
“And the mother of one of the boys, my instructions is, a police officer. Mr. Commissioner, please investigate and get the necessaries done,” Frederick said.
A law enforcement official said the police are aware of the photo of the gun-toting boys and the matter is been investigated.