A man, described as being ‘demented’, caused panic among staff and students of the Camille Henry Memorial School in Castries Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 8.20 am, according to a letter that was circulated to parents of students attending the institution.
A parent, who spoke to St Lucia Times on condition of anonymity, quoted the letter as saying that a ‘demented male’ entered the school property ‘creating an atmosphere of panic among the students.’
It was reported that teachers and a few parents were present and assisted in ensuring the safety of students.
According to information obtained by St Lucia Times, the school was immediately placed on lock down and the police were summoned, arriving in a short space of time and removing the intruder.
It was reported that at one point, the intruder managed to enter a vehicle in the school compound and tried unsuccessfully to drive it away.
A video that was posted on social media shows a man dressed in a red top, black pants and red sneakers tied hand and foot on the ground, while a few people stand nearby in animated conversation.
“The children came screaming,” a voice on the recording says.
“He step on a child hand, so I went and pull him – he is holding my hand. I push him,” another individual says on tape.
No one is reported to have been injured.
School officials and representatives of the Ministry of Education were unavailable for comment.
But it is understood that security arrangements at the Camille Henry Memorial School are being reviewed.