Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid has condemned this morning’s killing of two students in Green Island, Hanover.
Those killed are: 38-year-old Andanique Cunningham; and her two children eight-year-old Jayanna Coote and four-year-old Shanique Coote, all of Dixon Wharf.
The three were chopped to death at the children’s father house in Green Island. Reports are that about 7 o’clock this morning (Wednesday) Ms Cunningham took Jayanna and Shanique there as usual, to prepare them for school. A dispute developed between Cunningham and the man who allegedly attacked her with a machete.
The children and their mother were subsequently found dead with chop wounds.
Senator Reid says the grisly killings have left him in shock and he is deeply troubled by the reports.
Principal of Green Island Primary where Jayanna was a grade 2 student, Vaccianna Moseley says she was a very bright and polite child and was one of the top performing students at the school. He says Jayanna’s classmates are heartbroken and the scene in the classroom is devastating as staff members have also been visibly shaken by the news.
Her sister Shanique was a student at Green Island Basic School; Principal Andrea Myrie says the child was brilliant. Miss Myrie says their mother was actively involved in her children’s lives.
In expressing his condolences to the family and friends of the victims Senator Reid says the Ministry will be sending its trauma teams to both schools.
Meanwhile a trauma team was sent to Rusea’s High in Hanover after a student collapsed at the Lucea Bus Park on Tuesday while on her way to school. The student has been out of school since April 13 after complaining of chest pains. She was returning to school on Tuesday since that incident but unfortunately collapsed and died at hospital.