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Angry residents attack Maldon High School after student's murder

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2015 | 2:32 PMBarrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer

Angry residents of a St James community this morning attacked the Maldon High School in the parish following the killing of a student by a colleague yesterday.

The Education Ministry, says 15-year-old Romaro Salmon was stabbed off the school’s compound during an altercation reportedly with three boys.

Those boys are now in police custody.

However, as news of the incident broke this morning, residents from the boy’s community descended on the school in protest.

They threw stones into the classrooms and reportedly set fire to a bus belonging to security personnel at the school.

There are no reports of students or staff receiving any injuries.

It is understood that the residents were angry because classes at Maldon High were not suspended in light of Romaro’s death.

Principal of the school, Janet Manning, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the school’s administration was awaiting the arrival of a trauma team from the Education Ministry when news came of the presence of the angry residents.

She says the school was dismissed early as a result of the incident.

Manning also says buses were used to shuttle students from the school under the watch of a police team that has been maintaining a presence in the area.

Meanwhile, the education ministry, in extending sympathies to the student’s relatives, said it continues to be concerned by the “anti-social behaviour of students.”

Portfolio minister, Ronald Thwaites, says this latest incident, will propel the ministry to intensify the implementation of its management programmes in schools across the island.