Richland Park Gov. School students receive counseling following death of classmate

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday (May 29), recorded its 16th homicide for 2020.

Dead is 10-year-old Jamarie Phillips, a student of the Richland Park Government School.

It is reported that Phillips received chop wounds to his neck, head and hands, allegedly by the hands of his uncle.

In light of this, the Richland Park Government School organized a counseling session for the classmates of the deceased youth.

Minister of Education, Hon. St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince took to Facebook to thank the Principal, Teachers and Counselors for their efforts.

“I wish to thank the Principal, teachers and counselors of the Richland Park Primary School for organizing a counseling session at the school today (Monday) to assist the grade 4 students in handling their grief on the tragic passing of their class mate Jamarie Phillips.”

Prince informed that the Chief Education Officer, Elizabeth Walker was also on hand to speak to the students.

“Thank you Principal Carol Miller and Counselors Linda Miller, Cherry-Ann Isaacs, and Devon Brown for forgoing your holiday to provide this laudable service.”

According to a police report, the incident occurred at about 12:30pm.

The Rapid Response Unit of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) responded after the police was informed.

The alleged suspect was shot in the leg by police after he reportedly resisted arrest and behaved violently towards the officers.

The police informed that a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out on the body to ascertain the cause of death.

Investigations are ongoing.