Adrian Frater, News Editor
Normal life on Campus Two at the Rusea's High School in Lucea, Hanover, was disrupted for just over an hour yesterday morning as an intruder reportedly attacked and chopped the school's dean of discipline, Kelitha Riley, causing a wound to her head.
According to reports, the unidentified male intruder entered the school compound and, following a brief verbal exchange with Riley, pulled a machete and inflicted a wound to her head. He then fled the scene, leaving the bloodied dean of discipline behind.
"Yes, the incident did happen," a teacher at the school told The Gleaner. "However, contrary to the rumours going around, the attacker is not a student or a parent."
Efforts to get an official comment from June Thompson, the school principal, proved futile as The Gleaner was told that she had left the school compound shortly after the incident and had not returned when classes ended for the day.
The Lucea police confirmed the incident and stated they had received a report and that they knew the man who carried out the attack but had not yet managed to apprehend him.
"We know the person who did it," a police officer told The Gleaner. "He will be arrested and charged once he is apprehended."
ATTACKER KNOWN BY VICTIM
While the police were not willing to provide details on the incident, a source close to the school told The Gleaner that the attacker was known to the wounded dean of discipline.
"It is my understanding that they (attacker and dean of discipline) are close associates and that what happened might have been the result of a domestic issue," the school source said. "The incident had nothing to do with the school."
Last March, life at Rusea's was similarly disrupted when a female grade-eight student attacked a teacher with a knife after the teacher tried to discipline her for turning up late for school. After that incident, the school's teachers temporarily withdrew their services, saying they were peeved by what they claimed was an intolerable level of indiscipline at the school.
An official at the Montego Bay-based Region 4 of the Ministry of Education said he was aware of yesterday's incident but did not have all the details.