Saint Lucia Police have launched an investigation into the posting on social media of a photograph of two male students holding what appear to be firearms.
Both students, who seem to be in heir mid teens, are wearing school uniforms.
One is pointing a handgun towards the camera, while the other cradles what looks like a pump action shotgun.
“We have received the photos and presently our Intelligence Team is developing the investigation with regard to those photos. Consequent to that assessment we would know from our police perspective exactly how to move forward,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Responsible for Crime and Intelligence, Wayne Charlery, told St Lucia Times.
Charlery said the guns appear to be real.
“This is why we are taking it so seriously,” he explained.
There have been suggestions that the photo of the students with guns is an old one.
But Charlery said he did not know whether that is true.
“I don’t know if it’s an old picture – that’s the first time I am seeing it, so we are treating it as if it is not old at all. Obviously it is a source of concern and we are doing our best to try to deal with that incident as appropriately as possible,” he told St Lucia Times.