The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) is hoping the armed robbery at the St Leonard’s Boys School will prompt the Ministry of Education to move speedily on its promises of improved surveillance systems at learning institutions across the country.
According to reports, four armed assailants stormed the school at approximately 5 a.m. and held the watchman at gunpoint demanding access to the safe. They however fled the scene after reportedly struggling to make off with the safe and failing.
Classes were cancelled on Wednesday to make way for police officers to investigate the matter at the Richmond Gap school compound.
While acknowledging that the criminals’ heavy-handed approach was unusual, BUT General Secretary Herbert Gittens noted that schools have been the target of thieves for some time.
And, with instances of armed robbery apparently on the increase, the union leader has urged education officials to put contingencies in place as law enforcement officers work around the clock to keep crime down.