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CASE calls meeting to quell violent outbreaks

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2013 | 1:19 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A meeting has been set for next week Tuesday as the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) moves quickly to arrest growing incidence of violence at the school.

In the latest incident yesterday, fire on a male dorm resulted in the hospitalisation of three students, while another was treated and released.

One of the hospitalised students is 18-year-old André Angus, who was stabbed in a November incident.

And earlier this year a student Romario Bacchus, was charged with four counts of attempted murder and arson, after he allegedly set fire to two rooms on the male dormitory at CASE on March 20.

Chairman of CASE’s board, Ambassador Derrick Heaven says there is now significant concerns about the security of staff and students given all that have transpired.

He says next week’s meeting with the administration will be part of attempts to assess the situation and develop measures to immediately suppress further violent outbreaks.

During investigations yesterday, fire-fighters recovered bottles containing gasoline, which are believed to have been used to douse the room shortly before it was set ablaze.

Students were reportedly studying for exams when they saw smoke coming from a room on the ground floor of the male dormitory.

President of CASE, Dr Mary Nichols, has said a group of students has been determined to create mayhem at the Portland-based institution.

The police are said to be following strong leads as an alleged eyewitness is reportedly cooperating with investigators.


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