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PENWOOOD PRINCIPAL RESIGNS

CRIMEgrfx_w445-OptimizedPenwood High School principal resigns after death threats
Thursday, May 02, 2013 | 10:48 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The principal of Penwood High School, Austin Burrell, has resigned after receiving death threats relating to a stabbing incident in which a student died last month.
On April 20 Burrell requested early retirement, which was to begin January 2014, but returned to the Education Ministry just days later to say he received two texts that he considered threats on his life, a release from the ministry said.

Burrell reported the matter to the police and was escorted to the school on April 28 to clear his desk.
While the contents of the text messages were not revealed, the ministry in the release said “we are convinced that they did present a clear threat to the life of the principal.”
Nario Coleman, 16, was stabbed to death during a dispute with others students at the Corporate Area School on April 11.
The incident sparked national outrage with many saying that Coleman’s death could have been prevented had a school administrator stepped in to quell the dispute which lasted several minutes.
Related story: Penwood student didn’t have to die
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7 Responses to PENWOOOD PRINCIPAL RESIGNS

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Ok, seriously, someone threatened the man’s life? What for? Will it bring back the dead boy or free the killer boy? It’s this kind of ignorance & stupidity being taught to our children why they are at school killing instead of learning. I don’t wrong the man, resign & leave these bad breed ppl an dem pickney. Sick to death of all this shit. kmt

  • GOOD GIRL GONE BAD says:

    ah di same ting mi ah wonder cindy. That was as senseless as the boys death. Sometimes ppl need fi know when to stop!!

  • PhantomPhoenix says:

    Again wid de fkry! Let me spin it to what it is…

    1) “if de pickney dem did act like little human beings the boy would not have died”
    2) “If that boy wasn’t so damn ignorant he wouldn’t have gotten up, hit de boy and much less stab him to death”
    3) “if a hot head pickney neva bring a knife to school pickney wouldn’t dead”

    If an adminstrator was around what difference would it have made? OH, administrator would have gotten stabbed instead.

    Bad parenting, bad catch belly and bad breed people a corrupt we society and de same bad breed pickney and dem family wan fi shift de blame. I don’t cry easily, but to SEE dat child tek him last breath pon video is life changing…likkle monsta dem bout “man a killa”…….see weh we pickney dem mind de? up to no fuking goood…….

  • ... says:

    everybaddi gone mad, the students have no protection, the teachers don’t have it… gone gone gone. Govt need a tsunami fi wash out dat cabinet

  • sweet says:

    ME SEH THAT MAN ROYAL WHEY NAME PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, SICK DONKEY STOMACH. JAMAICA NO HAVE NO LEADERSHIP. ANARCHY A RULE THE NATION. A INEFFECTIVE POLICE FORCE, FOR DEM IS JUST AS BAD A THE CRIMINAL DEM. AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN CARDIAC ARREST, SMH….

  • Too much says:

    What happen in that school is a reflection of our society, not the gov’t. This has happened under the previous govt also…so mi nuh understand how people acting like crime just start under Portia. We fi call spade a spade. @Phantomm dead on in that assessment, ah same so it go. Government does need take much greater control…..not excusin dem a rass, but this shit starts at home……teacha mustn’t come school fi raise pickney, whoever catch di belly must do that

  • LUNDUN says:

    had the principle ran the school better, maybe, just maybe this incident could have been avoided. sum of these teachers and principals go to school to teach and who learn learn, who cyaah learn dem lucky. they need to know that while under their care, they should be looking out for these students as well.

    i don’t agree with the death threats, but a student dying on ur watch because of negligence is enough reason to resign or be fired.

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