Police presence has been increased at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) in Pasea Estate in light of what is being described as a ‘disturbance’ at the facility Monday morning.
“Police were called to assist and deployed a number of officers to restore calm. These officers are working with the security and will remain on campus until all immediate risks to students are eliminated,” police said in a statement Monday afternoon.
While police did not describe the extent of the ‘disturbance’, highly-placed sources at the school told BVI News that an unknown intruder had visited the campus.
The intruder’s reason to be at the school is not known but his visited reportedly caused some anxiety among students in particular.
A number of parents reportedly pulled their children from school on Monday after reports of the intrusion, BVI News was told.
When our news centre visited the campus at the end of the school’s morning shift session, police — inclusive of those from the Armed Response Unit — were still visible at the facility. Notwithstanding, some semblance of normalcy seemed to have returned on the campus.
And in a subsequent media release from the Ministry of Education, Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education and Culture Connie George said, “contrary to earlier reports that there was a ‘lockdown’ at the ESHS, regular classes are continuing at the school”.
These reports follow a fatal shooting in Huntums Ghut on Sunday night.
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