Three weeks after revealing two previous investigations at the girls’ section of the Government Industrial School (GIS) had cleared it of any wrongdoing, Government will be conducting another probe, this time of the entire GIS, by an independent panel.
Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams announced at a press conference yesterday that former Deputy Commissioner of Police and attorney Oral Williams will chair the three-member investigative team. It will include educator and expert on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse Tessa Chaderton-Shaw and educator and former principal Coreen Kennedy-Taitt.
Abrahams assured the public that the inquiry will be completed in six weeks and include the wards, staff and members of the public, and that a phone line and email address will be made available.
The probe comes at a time when there is turmoil at the reform school, with two girls at the Barrows, St Lucy section recently absconding for nine days and four girls now at the Psychiatric Hospital under suicide watch. (MB)
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