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One arrested following ESHS disturbance- NSC

- security @ ESHS to be reviewed
Students of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) were seen in a frenzy during the incident on October 9, 2023. Photo: Team of Reporters
Police on the scene at Elmore Stoutt High School on October 9, 2023. One person was arrested. Photo: Team of Reporters
Police on the scene at Elmore Stoutt High School on October 9, 2023. One person was arrested. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One person has been arrested following an incident at Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) on October 9, 2023, that saw police being called in.

The Education Ministry in a statement yesterday said the incident involved an alleged retaliation in connection with a stolen bike.

And the National Security Council (NSC) in a statement yesterday said the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) responded immediately to the incident at the school.

It said one person was arrested and the police remained on campus until the end of the school day.

No weapons recovered- NSC

The NSC said it confirmed with the Ministry of Education that no firearms or other weapons were found in the possession of the individuals or on the campus, “although an imitation firearm has subsequently been recovered away from the school premises.”

The NSC said it shared the concern over misinformation circulated in relation to what occurred at the school.

Additionally, the NSC said it has requested a review of security at the ESHS to be carried out between the RVIPF and the Ministry of Education.

One of the individuals wore a mask- MoE

The Ministry of Education (MoE) in its statement said, “During the altercation, one student left the campus premises, prompting our school officials to initiate an immediate investigation. As a result of our evaluation of the situation, a decision was made to contact local law enforcement for assistance.

The statement added that authorities were already on campus when the student who had left the premises returned, accompanied by three other individuals on bikes, “Notably, one of these individuals was wearing a mask. We would like to clarify that upon the police's arrival and subsequent detainment of these individuals, no firearms or other weapons were found in their possession.”

9 Responses to “One arrested following ESHS disturbance- NSC”

  • Singapore (10/10/2023, 09:22) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Having a wonderful time on the BVI government payroll. Any problems at the schools in the last 2 weeks?
  • only me (10/10/2023, 09:53) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Yesterday must have been Territorial Liars Day. MOE said no gun involved; fourth district rep said the traffic project that was started was just a suggestion; premier said you cannot sell your product from your homeland. Man, WEE EYE PEE on a roll of toilet paper.
  • parent (10/10/2023, 09:54) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don’t understand why they don’t have two police officers at that school it’s always something going on education minister, primer what are you going to do about this parents are worried don’t just talk show us that we can depend on you to protect the future of the virgin island
    • jack@$$ (10/10/2023, 11:08) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Police officers don't prevent crime and that might be a waste of resources as they are needed elsewhere and can't be everywhere at the sametime. Isn't there already security at the school?
      • @jack*ss (10/10/2023, 11:47) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        Actually police presence most definitely plays a part in prevention of crime. They are needed elsewhere? I don’t see them anywhere.
  • Gran Puba (10/10/2023, 10:02) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Could of have serious injuries or death from the students running from stampede
  • Real Macoy (10/10/2023, 11:00) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with having one or two police at the high school, since the security guards are not allowed to carry guns or tasers. Also many of those youths at the school does not respect the security guards.
  • tired of incompetence (10/10/2023, 13:59) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is the main public school. The one with the most fights. Years of vexation. Grudges. Brass knuckles, knives, drugs, teenage pregnancy. A fight near every day. If the police are not needed there, then where?

    Where are our resources. we lost a few dominoes, where are they?

    We are not playing with a full deck of cards. People we need to ask where our assets, yes the police, are being placed.

    They police continue getting extra funding, asking us to give up more RIGHTS, continue increasing in numbers to over 300 officers. On a Sunday you will be lucky to see one marked police car on the road.

    Why is the west end police station closed at 4pm on a week day? Why is it closed at all when it is overlooking a basketball court & park within shouting distance?! Do we always have to wait for something to happen to act!

    How can there be pressure on our local government to implement 48 COI recommendations when the what 5 police stations on the main island can not be held open 24/7 for ONE week. 300+ officers + US co-operation and this is what we get?

    oh you want to go the station? The station is closed. Ah yes protect and serve.

    God forbid someone has to run for help late night at CANE GARDEN BAY or west end park and the station is closed.

    (insert decent language here) tired of the incompetence
  • oh boy! (10/10/2023, 17:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are they making BVI a place facts or are the media having fun with hogwash?

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