Principal of Siparia West Secondary threatens to sue Education Ministry

The school principal at the heart of a school violence video is threatening to sue the Education Ministry.

Sookoo Sonnylal is challenging the decision by the ministry to relieve him of his duties while an investigation is ongoing into an altercation with a group of students earlier this month.

The video of the encounter at the Siparia West Secondary School shows students confronting the teacher in what appears to be the hallway.

Education Ministry says recent school video is more than a year old

The Ministry of Education says a recent viral video of abuse at the Bethlehem Girls' RC School is over a year old and has been dealt with.

The Ministry issued the following statement today: 

"The Ministry of Education has investigated and found that the video being circulated on Social Media of a fight at the Bethlehem Girls’ RC School is over one year old.

UWI intensifies strict 'No Thoroughfare' policy

The University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine campus says it has begun an intensified enforcement of its 'No Thoroughfare' policy.

This means that from Monday to Friday, only authorised vehicles displaying valid UWI vehicle permits are allowed to enter the campus via the North and South gates.

Vehicles without valid permits will be directed to the visitor’s entrance at the Daaga Gate accessible along St. Augustine Circular Road (east of the campus, obliquely opposite the Milner Hall).

Students suspended; police take some students for questioning

Police have taken several students of the Siparia West Secondary School into custody for questioning in relation to a violent fracas that was caught on camera and has now gone viral.

They were detained this morning at the school but the student most prominent on the video is now being sought as he did not turn out to school.

The Ministry of Education also announced that several students have been suspended for seven days for their role in the fracas.

The school held an assembly this morning, attended by several high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Education.