Officers responding to loud explosions believed to be gunfire at the Chaguanas North Secondary School yesterday, made another discovery as they searched classrooms after being called in yesterday.
According to sources, shortly before 10 am yesterday, several teachers were alerted to the sound of explosions coming from the Western block of the school. The Principal notified the Chaguanas police station and a contingent of officers led by Senior Superintendent Kenny McIntyre and Acting ASP Richard Smith visited the school where they conducted inquiries and searched the premises.
Officers did not find any firearms and the cause of the explosions were believed to be due to fireworks, used for upcoming Divali celebrations at the school. However, Newsday understands that a quantity of marijuana was found in one of the classrooms. No one was arrested in connection with the find.
Newsday spoke to ASP Smith who said, due to its proximity to Enterprise, the Chaguanas North Secondary School had been deemed prone to gang activity and assured that officers, through various community policing initiatives, would continue to work with staff and students in providing a secure environment.
According to sources within the school, the exercise came as part of continued calls from the Parent-Teacher Association at the school to bring the community police into a more active role at the school to help quell reports of firecrackers and violence on the compound.