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Walkover teen to be counselled

Police at the walkover near Tumpuna road where a teen threatened to jump. Photo by Roger Jacob.
Police at the walkover near Tumpuna road where a teen threatened to jump. Photo by Roger Jacob.

THE 17-year-old student of the MIC Institute of Technology (MIC-IT), who was involved in a two-hour standoff with police and passersby on the Tumpuna walkover in Arima on Wednesday, will receive counselling and support from his school, an official confirmed yesterday.

Speaking with reporters after a graduation ceremony for participants of the Success Central Community Skills Training Programme in Laventille, acting CEO of the MIC-IT Randy Monilal confirmed the incident was brought to his attention, but said given the sensitive nature of the situation, he was unable to give much information.

He did confirm that students of the MIC’s O’Meara campus, where the teen attended courses, are being counselled.

“We have already reached out to the parents of the teen to offer support or counselling,” he added.

“We have an active guidance and counselling unit and this department stands ready to provide the requisite support to both the trainees and their families. What MIC has done so far is providing counselling sessions to the trainees at the centre, so for all intents and purposes we are ready to help support.”

Monilal also said after the investigation, the teenager would be able to finish his programme at the centre. The teen climbed the wire mesh of the walkover and threatened to jump. He was coaxed down by good samaritans, police and members of the Emergency Medical Services.

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