Fire at SMC
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.