The Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into an alleged attempted kidnapping outside the Fanny Village Government Primary School, Point Fortin, earlier today.
Indicating the incident had been brought to his attention shortly after it reportedly occurred, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said he immediately instructed the School Supervisor to compile a thorough and comprehensive report on the incident.
Speaking with Guardian Media Limited minutes after he exited yesterday’s session at Parliament, Garcia confirmed, “We have received reports from officials of the Ministry of Education about this attempted kidnapping. Our line School Supervisor is investigating.”
He said the school is a public institution that is providing a service and, “We have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our students and teachers who operate in that school.”
He was unable to say how old the student is or what class he/she is in.
The incident was said to have occurred before the school-bell rang around 8.30 am.
A message circulated via What’s App and purported to have come from the principal of the Fanny Village Government Primary School read, “Fellow principals, please be aware that the driver of a black van attempted to kidnap one of our students. Thankfully she was rescued by some alert parents who were able to grab her out of the van.”
“The matter is in the hands of the police. Please let your students know not to accept lifts from any strangers. Because he was offering her a lift and she refused so he attempted to drag her into the van.”
Garcia stressed, “It took place outside the school.”
Even so, Garcia said they would move to provide support for the students.
Officials from the Student Support Services Division, MOE, were expected to visit the school today to offer counseling to traumatized persons.