A knife that was confiscated.
PHILIPSBURG--A knife, TASER and hammers were amongst the dangerous weapons that were recently confiscated from students, as authorities express concern over the rising trend of students taking dangerous weapons to school and pledge to take decisive action to curb this development.
A TASER that was confiscated.
A hammer that was confiscated.
The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM said it will be taking decisive action to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff in educational institutions across Sint Maarten by addressing the alarming rise in the possession of weapons on school premises. Recent incidents involving the confiscation of various dangerous weapons, including hammer, knives and TASERS, have prompted the KPSM to enhance its efforts to maintain a secure learning environment, the police said in a press release.
Over the past few months, law enforcement and school authorities have observed a trend of students attempting to enter schools with concealed weapons. This worrisome development poses a significant threat to the safety of our educational institutions and necessitates immediate action to protect students, teachers, and staff, the police said. The police, in collaboration with school administrators, have a comprehensive strategy to combat this issue. This multifaceted approach involves enhanced security measures; increased vigilance, education and awareness programmes and collaboration with community partners.
Police urged parents, guardians, and the community to join them in this endeavour by reinforcing the importance of non-violence and responsible behaviour amongst the youth.