Pupils Witness Ice-Pick Attack On Teacher In T&T

Trinidad Express:- A teacher was beaten and stabbed in a classroom at a primary school in Arouca on Monday.

Police said the 26-year-old suspect, armed with an ice pick, walked into the compound of the St. Pius Boys’ R.C. Primary School at around 2p.m.

He entered the classroom where the female teacher was on duty.

The man slapped the 45-year-old teacher and then stabbed her about the body, police said.

The incident occurred in full view of her pupils.

Investigators said the incident was not related to the teacher’s duties.

The teacher and the suspect are involved in an ongoing land dispute, the Express was told.

The injured woman was taken to hospital by her colleagues alerted by her screams.

The suspect escaped.

Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) confirmed the incident and appealed for increased security at primary schools.

A TTUTA official said the school was locked down and the police were called in.

Ministry officials visited the school on Tuesday.

The TTUTA representative said pupils will undergo counselling sessions as they were traumatised by the incident.

“There is one security guard at the school and he could not accompany the man who came as a visitor to the principal’s officer. The man walked in and found the teacher’s classroom and attacked her in full view of her students,” she said.

Police have not yet detained the suspect.

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