Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) Security personnel are under scrutiny after yesterday’s alleged rape attempt on a female student by a Security Guard.
Chief Education Officer, Marcus Edward, has condemned the incident, saying he would expect that the college would review security arrangements.
“We expect security personnel to operate with the highest regard for the individuals whom they are engaged to secure,” The Chief Education Officer observed.
Edward said it was his understanding that the alleged perpetrator may have been from a private firm hired by SALCC.
He explained that the arrangement needs to be revised.
Edward said the report of the alleged rape of a female student at the college by someone employed by the SALCC security services had been communicated to the Department of Education.
He said the Ministry of Education is ‘utterly disturbed’ by the event.
“Allegations though they may be, we will treat such matters with utmost efficiency and urgency.”
Edward said he was aware that the leadership of the college and the Chairperson of the Board of SALCC were meeting to review the situation.
He stated that he expected the college officials to meet with students and parents to arrange support services for the victim in the mater.
Edward asserted that as a community and a society, such actions must be condemned.
“I think as a society we do condemn such acts – we cannot and we should not tolerate persons whether they are employees or not, persons who are put in positions to guard the welfare and well-being of others to disrespect them and seek to violate them in that way,” he declared.
Edward said the Ministry of Education strongly condemns the act that was allegedly perpetrated at the college by a member of the SALCC security.
“I ask that as a community, as a society that we become more understanding, more respecting of each other – and if we respect each other, respect ourselves – there is absolutely no justification, no reason, no plausible reason at all why someone would seek to violate another person in that way,” Edward stated.
He said there was “absolutely nothing” that the young female student could do or could have done that would warrant such an’ attack’ on her.
Edward noted that the Ministry of Education has a very low tolerance for that kind of behaviour.
He said that the SALCC with the support of the Ministry of Education would take all the necessary measures to ensure first – the well-being of the female student and all the students at the college and ensure that persons employed to safeguard the SALCC property and protect personnel operate with the highest level of dignity.