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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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