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Alfredo Andrews Elementary School Students And Parents Held Hostage At Mid-Island As School Administrators Panic After Claiming To Hear Gunfire Nearby

SCHOOL ON LOCKDOWN: Alfredo Andrews Elementary School was placed on lockdown as a safety measure when gunfire broke out at a nearby housing project.

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix elementary school was placed on lockdown Monday due to the proximity of gunfire coming from a local housing project nearby, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Alfredo Andrews Elementary School in Kingshill was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students, teachers and staff at the school, according to the Virgin Islands Department of Education.

The safety measure taken by education officials meant that parents were not permitted to enter the school’s campus and students were not permitted to leave, the V.I. Department of Education said in a prepared statement.

Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum based on St. Thomas, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Virgin Islands Free Press and is largely unavailable for comment in matters of pressing concern to the community.

Although the Department of Education said that the incident near the campus took place about 2:15 p.m. on Monday, but public information officer Cynthia Graham did not disclose which housing project had gunfire erupt near it at mid-island St. Croix.

 

The VIDE said on Wednesday that the lockdown was only in effect from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Monday and that the VIPD gave the “all clear” after those 30 minutes.

“This is in the interest of the safety of students and staff,” the Virgin Islands Department of Education wrote about the lockdown on Monday. “We will provide updates as more information is made available.”

https://vifreepress.com/2017/05/v-department-education-denies-parents-children-held-hostage-arthur-richards-no-one-free-enter-leave-campus/

GOOGLE MAPS: Alfredo Andrews Elementary School on St. Croix.

THE PRESSER: The Department of Education posted this press release on Facebook Tuesday afternoon; but by Tuesday evening they had taken it down without giving an explanation as to why.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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