A strange incident this morning at the John Rollins Success Primary School in St James led to several students and at least one teacher being treated. The ordeal occurred before and after the school’s general devotion, starting first with a teacher. Speaking to the Jamaica Gleaner, the school’s principal, Yvonne Miller-Wisdom, explained that the teacher was “fainting and vomiting” before devotion, and the children started doing the same after the religious exercise.
While there is currently no explanation as to what caused the incident, she stated that the local health authorities have been advising the school’s management on how to handle the situation.
“The nearby Barrett Town clinic does not have any nurse or enough resource personnel to send down here, so they asked us to send a teacher up there to collect some rehydration fluids so that we can give to those who are affected. We have communicated with the parents and they have collected some of those students already,” Principal Miller-Wisdom said.
The incident has been reported to the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and the St James Public Health Department.
This morning’s ordeal follows a similar incident that occurred at Oberlin High School in St Andrew two days ago. At Oberlin High, reportedly 200 students were screaming and collapsing during the school’s devotion.