The President of the National Principals Association (NPA), Valerie St. Helene-Henry, has urged perpetrators of the gun violence in Vieux Fort to lay down their weapons.
“Put down the guns and try to reach an amicable solution to whatever is causing the violent crime, whatever is causing the war. From all indications, it’s a gang situation and it’s affecting people’s lives,” St. Helene-Henry observed.
She also expressed concern about the impact of continuing violence on the tourism-dependent economy as reports about the incidents circulate.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre announced that schools in Vieux Fort, closed the previous day amid the gangland-style fatal shootings, would re-open on Monday.
In an address to the nation, Pierre announced several measures to deal with the gun violence spike, including special police operations and 24-hour police patrols.
He also spoke of assistance from the Regional Security System (RSS).
The NPA President told St Lucia Times there would have been a lot of thought, discussion, and preparation preceding the announcement that classes in Vieux Fort would resume.
And St Helene-Henry said she hoped everything would be under control so that school life could continue normally.