At least 17 students from two city secondary schools were in police custody up to late last evening after they turned up at the Leonora Secondary School armed with knives, ready to fight.
Divisional Commander Balram Persaud told Stabroek News that fifteen students from Queenstown Secondary School and two from Christ Church Secondary were arrested after frightened teachers from the Leonora Secondary School called police.
He explained that two students at the Leonora Secondary School had a “problem” resulting in one calling a relative who attends one of the two city secondary schools. Apparently that relative rounded up other students and armed with knives they travelled to the West Coast for a confrontation.
According to Persaud, the group of students descended on the school around 14:00 hours dressed in their school uniforms. Teachers there immediately contacted the police who arrested them.
The commander could not say what the repercussions of the students’ actions would be. At the time he spoke with this newspaper, police ranks were taking statements from each of them.
According to the commander, the students are all in their early teens.