Metal detectors alerted security to gun in student's bag - Ministry
The Ministry of Education says the arrest of a student who was allegedly found with a loaded firearm at a Corporate Area high school this week underscores the importance of school administrators using the metal detectors provided.
At the start of the current school year the ministry distributed 135 new metal detectors to high schools as part of its efforts to reduce the number of weapons entering these institutions.
On Thursday the St Andrew Central Police reported that the student, who is the son of a reputed gang leader, was held with a 9 milimetre pistol in his knapsack containing 12 rounds of ammunition as he was about to enter the school.
In a statement yesterday, the education ministry revealed that security personnel at the school were alerted to the presence of a metal object in the student’s bag as they conducted routine checks using metal detectors.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says the incident and the recent seizure of several rounds of ammunition at a St Mary high school underscore the need for school administrators to ensure that the metal detectors are utilised.
Meanwhile The Education Minister has announced that 30 special education centres are to be established in this school year as the government continues to put measures in place to provide for children with special needs.
He says 20 pull-out centres have already been established to treat with children who need special services while six mobile clinics are being enabled to support students in remote schools.
Thwaites was addressing the Jamaica Inclusive Education Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Thursday.
He says 250 additional special education teachers are to be trained in order to better equip them to support students with special needs.
The education minister says the government is committed to ensuring that the nation’s special needs children are able to participate fully in the education process.