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Students sent home after shooting death at school

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 3:00 AMShanique Samuels

More than 200 students from Kilsyth Primary and Infant School in Grantham, Clarendon, were sent home yesterday morning following the brutal murder of a female crossing warden.

Students were sent scampering shortly after 8 a.m., following loud explosions. The body of the crossing warden, 32-year-old Natalie Gayle, was later found lying in a pool of blood under a window at the principal's office. It had several gunshot wounds. She had been working at the school for two years

Acting principal, Elaine Thomas, described her as a sociable and caring individual who was always willing.

"She was somebody who always looked out for the children and made sure they got in the buses in the evenings and sometimes she would even pay their fares to get home. That is how much she cared for them," said the visibly shaken headmistress.

Support for the school has been pouring in from the Ministry of Education, as well as the Principal Association of Region Six. A trauma team and several grief counsellors have also been dispatched to the school. The chairman of the school board was also present to give support.

Meanwhile, the black Honda Civic car used in the drive-by shooting was abandoned in Peckham.