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Corporate area schools grapple with deaths of teacher, parent

Published:Thursday | January 30, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Gary Spaulding, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Two primary schools in St Andrew are still reeling from the effects of the violent deaths of a teacher and a parent.




The deaths have spurred Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites into action as he moved to engage the grieving and traumatised students and staff at the schools.



Thwaites first visited Tarrant Primary School where a father of seven, Rohan Newman, was gunned down in the presence of three of his children yesterday morning.



The Education Minister then proceeded to Dunrobin Primary School where teachers and students grieved the death of 32-year-old teacher Janice Atkinson Reid.



Reid was found dead at her home in Portsmouth in Portmore, St Catherine.



Atkinson Reid had taken a leave of absence and was due to return to her Grade One Class at the school where she has taught for almost 10 years.



Thwaites told The Gleaner/Power 106 that while at the schools he emphasised the need for strength in the face of adversity.



He also commended the students and staff at both schools for turning up for classes despite the traumatic events.



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