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National PTA to gov't: Partner with us to develop school bus system

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2016 | 2:32 PM

The National Parent-Teachers' Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) is suggesting the government partner with parents who operate public passenger vehicles to develop a national school bus system.

The NPTAJ’s call follows yesterday’s bus shooting in Montego Bay, St James, where gunmen sprayed bullets on a bus transporting mainly school children.

Two Maldon High School students were injured and the bus driver killed.

President of the NPTAJ, Everton Hannam, says there are many parents who are public transport operators and are reliable enough to transport students safely.


President of National Parent Teachers Association

During yesterday’s shooting in downtown Montego Bay, a number of students reportedly jumped from the bus in a bid to escape.

READ: Driver killed, Maldon students injured in MoBay bus shooting

IN PHOTO: A police car is parked next to a Coaster bus which was shot up by gunmen in Montego Bay, St James.

One student of St James High who was traumatised and is reportedly being treated at hospital.

The education ministry says it has dispatched trauma teams to schools to assist parents and teachers who have been affected.

Transport Minister Mike Henry has condemned the attack describing it as a brazen and vicious act of intimidation that speaks to an increasing degree of callousness among Jamaicans.