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New wall prevents total devastation – Walwyn

Minister of Education Myron Walwyn. File photo

Minister of Education Myron Walwyn said his ministry has things totally under control at Elmore Stoutt High School, adding that a perimeter wall built recently has saved the institution from total devastation.

He defended the soundness of the new wall after photographs first posted on social media show that a section of the school’s perimeter wall was destroyed by flood waters associated with a tropical wave that battered the British Virgin Islands on August 7.

Walwyn, in an interview with BVI News Online, clarified that the section of the wall that collapsed has been in existence perhaps for decades. The collapsed wall merely adjoins the one that was built recently.

“The section of the wall that fell down is not the new wall. The entire new wall that we built is fully intact. The new wall was attached to that section that fell down,” he further explained.

“With the force at which the water was coming into the high school, if the new wall was not there, the high school would have been totally devastated.”

Walwyn further stated that an evaluation is underway to ascertain the true extent of the damage.

“Everything is under control by the ministry. We brought some professionals in yesterday to work along with all the other persons who saw the opportunity for some community service; and the work is going very very well.”

“The principal [Sandy Underhill] is collecting all the data in terms of all the losses, and so we are waiting for it so that we can replace the things that are needed in time for school to start. Things are totally under control,” added Walwyn.

He said he does not expect any delay regarding the reopening of school in September. “We expect school to start on schedule.”

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  1. Wait says:

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    Wait…over a million dollar wasn’t even enough to surround the entire school with new wall? There is still old wall here and there? This story getting more dodgy by the minute.

  2. No name says:

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    Let’s see if it’s going to be replaced. 🤔👀

  3. Just Wrong says:

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    Maybe a clean ghut would have been even better?

  4. Pretty Girl says:

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    This minister try to BULLY everybody under the sun, but this WALL will be his DOWNFALL.

  5. Jail says:

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    Ha ha he trying hard to spin

  6. Political Observer (PO) says:

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    Is the Hon Walwyn’s statement base on a qualified structural/hydraulic engineer’s evaluation or just a nontechnical opinion? What if the high school had an effective drainage system?

    This is not a time for politics. It is time for unity to help bring the territory back to a sense of normalcy.

  7. Crap says:

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    You are so full of it. Been watching to much Trump

  8. ... says:

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    lmaooo wow, I believe the honourable sees the world thru trump’s eyes. #alternatefacts

  9. Brand New Beggar says:

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    “that a perimeter wall built recently has saved the institution from total devastation.”

    That was not part of the plan or reason for the darn wall. Stop taking people for jack a$$es in this place. Had enough of you by now.

  10. Hmm says:

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  11. Eeally says:

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    This man is implicating himself the more he speaks because I thought the $1.6 million was for the wall around the whole school not part. The plot thickens.

  12. . says:

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    The wall prevented the water from getting out

  13. . says:

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    Upee need to carry some of the blame for building that shite in the ghut

  14. Stop Speaking says:

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    You are doing yourself more harm than good. The issue is not the wall, it’s the cost of the wall. Remember you are supposed to be a lawyer!

  15. Wendy says:

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  16. smh says:

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    This is total rubbish. Now tell us the real truth!

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