STUDENTS who attend the Brickdam Secondary School, currently housed at the East La Penitence Primary school in Georgetown, have reportedly been robbed often, according to the school’s Deputy Head Teacher Samantha Alleyne.
In an invited comment recently, Alleyne said, “Ever since the Brickdam Secondary School was relocated here, we find that the neighbourhood has been some form of challenge that when students are walking, they are usually robbed.”
This, according to reports received by the Guyana Chronicle, has been ongoing for a number of months. And given that the school has been reopened for face-to-face classes on November 9, the students are fearful that as they return to school the robberies may begin again.
Previously, the deputy head teacher explained that the children opted to walk in groups in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of them being robbed. Even so, however, she said that they were still robbed.
Alleyne related that the police were engaged, but though the robberies have been reduced, there is still at least one robbery a week.
“Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is up and running too and they are assisting us along with the (police) station out here,” Alleyne highlighted.
Regional Commander (ag) and Assistant Commissioner, Simon McBean, in an invited comment on Sunday told the Guyana Chronicle that he was not aware of any occurrence and as such, he would not be able to say what specific interventions have been implemented.
“If that is an issue raised, we will ensure that it is part of our policing plan,” he affirmed, adding that an assessment would need to be done first to determine what interventions are needed.
“If it is people coming to the school (to rob the children), our assistance can range from constant patrols or maybe heightened security presence at the school,” McBean said.
“Having received the report, based on that, we’ll have a sit-down with the school and put a plan in place.”