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QC, Bishops face shooting, bomb threats

first_img…as School of the Nations enforces additional security…Police launch probeAmid ongoing security threats at the School of Nations which has caused much disquietude to parents and students, two senior secondary institutions within Georgetown were in the same situation on Friday afternoon after bombing and shooting threats were made by an unknown person.Guyana Times understands that the social media accounts created on Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram, which were reportedly sending threats to School of the Nations, gave a bomb scare to Queens College while threatening to shoot persons the Bishops High School.When this publication visited Queens College a few minutes before classes were dismissed at 15:00h, the school was reportedly on lockdown as gates remained padlocked and heavily guarded.A few moments prior, Police ranks had visited the school with a sniffer dog toSecurity locking gates at QCassess the situation.Parents were not allowed to enter the premises so they waited outside until classes were dismissed. As customary, they would utilise the Thomas Road, Georgetown entrance to collect their kids. This was blocked, and vehicles were not allowed to enter the school’s compound.At the Bishops’ High School, there was a similar scenario as students waited inside the premises until their parents arrived.The person who is responsible for these threats are still unknown and Police said that they have been making efforts to apprehend the suspect.As information circled about the situation at the schools, the individual dispatched small messages to drive fear into students and teachers.One of the posts later said, “Lock down ain’t gonna stop me.”The Guyana Police Force (GPF) announced a few hours after, that several persons were later questioned about the threats at both schools and an investigation has been launched. Assurance was given that the safety of all stakeholders remains a commitment.“Those matters are also being investigated by the Guyana Police Force which wishes to assure members of the public that it is committed to ensuring safety and security of all students, teachers, administrators and parents of the aforementioned schools and all other private and Government schools,” the GPF stated.Nations’ securityMeanwhile, at School of the Nations, parents gathered for another meeting forGates locked at Bishops’ as most students waited on their parentsupdates on the recent security measures that were implemented ever since it’s Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot at his home on Sunday evening.Along with Police presence, the institution has sought to make modifications to a hut in front of the premises where contents entering the school are likely to be monitored.Adding to that, the Professional Guard Services were engaged to provide baton services at the institution. It was maintained that they are desisting from having guns present on site during learning periods.However, the bags of senior students will be searched along with younger students who are accompanying these older children. This is to ensure that weapons and chemicals are not stealthily passed through security checks.Guyana Times understands that the school is looking at a lockdown situation should any emergency arise, rather than an evacuation process.Parents were informed of the ALICE protocol, which means alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate and is an active shooter response tactic. This will most likely be used in the event where the students’ safety is jeopardised.At a recent meeting with the guardians, Executive Officer Dr Dexter Phillips would have stated that they are installing additional security cameras at blind spots along with an increased security presence at the entrances. But this did not do well with parents, who demanded that security measures be completely implemented before classes resume as per normal. For the past week, classes were put on hold pending these changes.As for the suspect, who has been causing these disturbances and worry, Police Commissioner Leslie James had recently indicated that four persons were questioned.last_img read more

Deciphered photos of molester released

first_imgBy John Leicester THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS – He apparently traveled the world sexually abusing young boys, but remained unidentifiable – until now. Police in Europe have unscrambled digitally altered images found on the Internet to reveal the face of a man shown abusing boys in Vietnam and Cambodia. Interpol released four reconstructed photos of the suspected pedophile on Monday in an unprecedented public appeal for help, hoping that someone will recognize the man whose identity and nationality remain a mystery. The response has been encouraging: about 200 messages in just over 12 hours, Interpol said. Interpol said 12 boys, apparently ranging in age from 6 to early teens, appeared in about 200 photographs posted on the Internet. But the face of the man inflicting the abuse was disguised in a digital whirl. Using techniques that neither they nor Interpol would discuss, German police produced identifiable images of the man from the original pictures. The reconstructed photos showed a white man who looked to be in his 30s, with uncombed short brown hair. Interpol posted the images on its Web site. Anders Persson, a Swedish police officer assigned to Interpol’s human trafficking unit who oversees its database of images of child abuse, said releasing the photos sent “a quite clear message” to criminals that they can be identified through Web postings. Some of the responses included detailed information such as names and addresses, he said. Interpol forwards detailed information to the countries concerned so police can check, Persson said. Local police are also getting responses to the appeal, he added. Persson said he had opposed making the photos public because it demonstrated to criminals that police can unscramble pictures. But that consideration and the risk that the man could face public humiliation or even violence now that he is recognizable were outweighed by the desire to protect other children from abuse. “It was a long discussion,” Persson said. “We can’t just sit here and do nothing. We have exhausted all possibilities within police work to find this man.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more