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Published 12th February 2013, 9:12am

Thanks to the vigilance of a member of the public and the co-operation between the Clifton Hunter High School and the Royal Cayman Islands Police, swift action was taken to deal with an incident involving a BB gun hidden close to school premises.

On Friday 1st February 2013 at the start of the school day, a report was made by a member of the public, to school security at Clifton Hunter High School, that a student had been observed just outside the school campus, hiding a suspicious object. In the interest of ensuring school security, the principal and a security guard immediately investigated the report and discovered what appeared to be an air gun, which they immediately took action to secure.

The community police officer was immediately contacted and arranged for the appropriate RCIPS units to respond to the incident. The RCIPS then took possession of the item, which they confirmed as a BB gun.

Following the school’s internal investigation, parents of the students involved were contacted and disciplinary action taken in accordance with the school’s discipline policy. At this point, police investigations are still ongoing.

The Ministry of Education and Department of Education Services treats the safety of students as a top priority. Through the Safer Schools initiative we have been working to build stronger partnerships with the police and other key stakeholders, to ensure that schools are safe, caring and welcoming places for students to learn. We commend the swift and thorough response by the school, the vigilance of the individual who made the initial report and the prompt support of the RCIPS.