Fire at SMC

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pected ar­son at St. Mary’s Col­lege (SMC) which was dis­cov­ered by a stu­dent at about 6 a.m. on Fri­day, June 26. The St. Mary’s Collge is one of the is­land’s old­est learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions and is cur­rently mark­ing its 125th an­niver­sary.

Re­ports reach­ing the STAR on Fri­day in­di­cate that at­tempts were made to burn down a door lead­ing to the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice and a room near the stu­dent af­fairs of­fice. The dis­cov­ery was made by a stu­dent, school of­fi­cials say. A bot­tle of rub­bing al­co­hol was also dis­cov­ered in one of the rooms.

School prin­ci­pal Rohan Seon has told re­porters that he sus­pects foul play.

The dis­cov­ery of the at­tempted ar­son is baf­fling to the prin­ci­pal who says there is noth­ing of sig­nif­i­cant value in his of­fice. “Our re­sources are our stu­dents, our tra­di­tion and our history,” Seon said, “and af­ter 125 years in ex­is­tence this will not break us be­cause we are made of sterner stuff,” he as­serted.

The school had nor­mal classes on Fri­day de­spite the un­nec­es­sary at­ten­tion.

Saint Lu­cian po­lice are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing this latest case of sus­pected ar­son.

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