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Principal calls for help as thieves pillage Kingston basic school

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 11:54 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - School administrators at the Sylvia Foot Basic School, National Heroes Circle, Kingston are calling on the police to increase their presence in the area where the school is located following a robbery at the institution this week.

Danielle Chin, principal of the school said thieves on Monday ransacked the institution and stole several items leaving scores of school children and teachers in shock.

“The thieves came early Monday and stole a fan, a microwave, a blender and several other items,” said Mrs Chin, who yesterday expressed anger that criminals would want to target an institution that is catering to young children.

The school official said the robbery left scores of school children ages 3-6 depressed as limited resources which the school has struggled to provide were removed.

Teachers said that this week's robbery was not the first.

“This is just the latest of several robberies of the institution,” said David Wilson, executive director of the Voluntary Organisation For The Upliftment Of Children, the umbrella group, from where the basic school is operated.

As a result school official yesterday issued a call for help from corporate Jamaica to assist the school in raising funds to erect a perimeter fencing around the institution.

"We are calling on  Corporate Jamaica to assist us in this venture to raise funds to erect the fencing as we believe if this is not done the problem will continue," said Wilson.

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