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Trinidad: Gangs invade St Joseph Secondary, teachers retreat

Teachers at the St Joseph Secondary School walked off the job just after midday yesterday citing security concerns and a fear for their safety.

The school was dismissed about 12.30 pm and students outside the school told Newsday that safety concerns were heightened after the latest unauthorised entry onto the compund from alleged gangs in the area.

They said, last week Friday, several people jumped the school fences. That was confirmed by an official at the Ministry of Education, who said the ministry had engaged the assistance of the police to ensure that there were regular patrols during school hours.

He said there were continued discussions with the principal, staff, the ministry and the St Joseph police in an attempt to make sure they were safe while at work.

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