The Principal of the La Croix Maingot Combined schools has asserted that criminals who broke into the school building this morning are desperate.

Christina Norley spoke as the school counted the cost of the attack by three masked man armed with sharp instruments.

The men tied up a Security Guard, who was not seriously injured in the incident, and ransacked the school.

The bandits eventually made their getaway in the Security Guard’s vehicle.

The vehicle was later found abandoned at Cul de Sac.

Principal, Christina Norley, told the Times that the items that were stolen, including a microwave oven, will not have much of an effect on the operation of the La Croix Maingot Combined School.

However she said that the institution will now have to replace damaged doors, locks and burglar bars.

“It is really a shame given the function and importance of schools, that they should be attacked,” the Principal lamented.

She expressed the view that the criminals are desperate.

“It is desperation and I think that a few persons out there provide a market, so there are avenues to ensure they get rid of those stolen items and we need to stop that,” Norley told the Times.

She said that members of the public should not buy things from criminals.

Norley explained that the school was concerned about the effect of this morning’s break-in on students.

She said although there was no apparent evidence that they were traumatized, Ministry of Education Counsellors were on hand to assist students in coping.

This morning’s burglary was the second at the La Croix Maingot Combined School in recent months.

In November of last year the school was also burglarized.

Saint Lucia police were on the scene this morning conducting an investigation after receiving a statement from the school’s Security Guard.

Today’s incident occurred at about 4 a.m.