INMATES housed at St Michael’s School for Boys in Diego Martin have been “rioting” at the institution for the past three days, according to employees at the facility.
An employee called the Express yesterday morning, pleading for a photographer and reporter to visit the institution, where he said about 60 boys had been rioting.
“They just destroyed the whole guard booth. And over the weekend they mashed up one of the senior supervising officer’s car on the compound and went into the kitchen and robbed one of the cooks.
“Things out of hand here and the manager on leave and when they call her and tell her, she saying not to call the police. Look, right now the head of the security firm just reach down here. Hurry up and come down,” the caller said.
When the Express visited the school yesterday, the compound was relatively calm, but the glass window on the guard booth was missing, as well as the door to the booth.
On the ground at the front of the booth were stones that had been used to break the glass window, an employee said.
The Express went up to the welfare office at the school and made a request to speak with the deputy manager, but when it was realised that it was the media she declined to speak and sent another employee at the school to tell the Express that she would not be speaking with anyone.
However, several other persons at the compound confirmed that there had been an uprising by the boys there on Saturday and yesterday morning.
Attempts to contact Minister of Gender and Youth Affairs Clifton De Coteau, whose ministry the school now falls under, via text message and phone calls for comment proved futile.