In the wake of growing fears and concerns, The Ministry of Education wishes to assure the public that the staff, students, and visitors of C. H. Reeves Junior High School are safe and unharmed. The Ministry was advised that some time after 11:00 a.m. this morning, suspects attempting to evade the police drove onto the campus of C.H. Reeves Junior High School. Subsequently, the suspects were cornered by the police, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the police and the assailants. A short time later, the suspects were apprehended by the police and taken into custody.
As a precautionary measure, the school was placed on lockdown to ensure the safety and well-being of those on campus. Due to proximity, the neighbouring R.M. Bailey Senior High School was also placed on lockdown.
Additionally, the Department of Education mobilized its counseling services for both staff and students to make them aware of the situation, and to avoid any adverse effects of trauma. The Ministry reiterates the fact that the disheartening events were not school-related; and wishes to assure the public that it is doing all in its power to ensure the safety and well-being of its staff and students.