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Reid condemns gun attack at Clarendon school

Published:Monday | October 23, 2017 | 7:04 PM
Reid ... appealed for calm while the police conduct investigations.

Education Minister Ruel Reid has condemned this morning’s gun attack at the Thompson Town High School in Clarendon where two watchmen were shot, one fatally, by gunmen.

It is reported that about 1:30 a.m., armed men entered the school premises and confronted the guards who were on duty.

The gunmen opened fire, killing 39-year-old Alrick Carthy of Springfield in Thompson Town and injuring his colleague.

The colleague remains hospitalised in critical condition.

In a statement, Reid extended condolences to the family of the deceased and the school community.

He also appealed for calm while the police conduct investigations.

Carthy was the father of three children, two of whom attend the school.

Reid says staff at the school described Carthy and his injured colleague as diligent workers who were very committed to their jobs.

He says the ministry dispatched a trauma team to the school and grief sessions were held with staff and students.