Students at the Charlestown Secondary and St. Thomas’ Primary still traumatized by the horrific killing of Shante Claxton

By: Gavincia Clarke

(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- The Secondary Schools on Nevis reopened on Monday, September 8, 2014 and what was supposed to be an exciting moment for the students of the Charlestown Secondary School, turned out to be heartbreaking and depressing.

A melancholy feeling still haunt the teachers and students of the Charlestown Secondary School, especially the classmates and friends of Shante Claxton. This media house spoke to the Principal of the school, Mr. Edson Elliott who indicated that the feeling in the school is still very depressing. He stated that no one can grasp any good reason why Shante’s life had to be taken away from her in the manner way it did. He stated that the teachers are sensitizing the students on the nature of the incident, and the resulting grief. He also encouraged them to refrain from doing evil.

Mr. Elliot in his words of encouragement said, ‘we must continue to be watchful of one another, to be our neighbor’s keeper and to be careful of our surroundings’.

The Principal reflected on Shante, who was on her way to third form. He said she was a cooperative person and one who gave no trouble in school. In closing, the Head Master stated that she would truly be missed.

Information gathered by this media house indicate that students at the St. Thomas’ Primary School are still afraid to use the school’s bathroom where Shante’s lifeless body was discovered on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at about 4:30 p.m.

However, Nevispages understands that Police Officers on Nevis are working diligently to solve this heinous crime and investigations are being carried out by the Special Victims Units in an effort to find the perpetrator and to bring justice for Shante.

According to information received, a number of persons were taken into police custody for questioning but were later released. However, this publication understands that a young man from Cotton Ground was recently detained and is cooperating with police officers.

Police Public Relations Officer; Lyndon David who is based in St. Kitts, told Nevispages on Wednesday morning, that he had not received any information to indicate that anyone had been charged. However, he indicated that the information would be made public once the pathologist and officers have concluded their findings and reports.

Meanwhile, the community continues to mourn as a young girl life was tragically taken away from her. A candle light vigil is planned for Thursday, September 11, 2014 starting at 6:00 p.m. from the gas station in Jessups and moving on to the St. Thomas’ Primary School

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