LIBERIA: Gender Ministry Consoles Deceased Family In Cyber-Ed Fatal Shooting

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) is disheartened by the fatal shooting that occured at Cyber-Ed Christian School leaving 14-year-old Precious Ireland dead.

Gender describes the circumstances leading to the untimely passing of Little Precious as troubling, and therefore, extends deepest condolences to the bereaved family.

The Ministry finds it even disturbing that the reported shooting incident at the Cyber-Ed Christian School, was allegedly instigated by another minor.

MGCSP is saddened by the incident, especially as the Government of Liberia, with support from partners, has accelerated efforts to curb and eliminate all forms of violence against children.

The incident amongst other things underscores the need for robust and rigorous school safety measures that would ensure a protective environment for Children.

As mandated by His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, Gender Ministry has committed to working with the Liberia National Police, Education, Youth and Sports Ministries and other relevant agencies such as: teachers’ unions, private and public schools’ administrations to develop and present a plan on how to prevent said happening.

MGCSP notes that this will also enhance an immediate and compulsory implementation of on campus safety regulations for both male and female students.

The Ministry has also committed to providing psychosocial counselors to assist the bereaved family in handling the traumatic stress associated with such difficult moments. With parental consent, the psychosocial counselling will also cover students of the Cyber-Ed Christian School as well the alleged perpetrator and his family.

Meanwhile, Gender Minister, Williametta Saydee-Tarr has paid a visit at the home of the deceased family. Minister Tarr conveyed the Ministry’s condolences for such irreparable loss and assured the family of the Ministry’s psychosocial support.

The Gender Boss also visited the Cyber-Ed Christian School where she challenged the school’s administration to be more vigilant.

At the same time, the Ministry uses the occasion to urge parents, guardians and caregivers to place emphasis on keeping watch over their children.

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