‘Gangsterism is not cool’ – police commissioner | News

Police Commissioner Dr Kevin Blake has told students at Grange Hill High School in Westmoreland that ‘gangsterism is not cool’ as he tried to discourage them from embracing a culture of crime and violence.

Blake was part of a high-level security and education team that visited the school on Friday in the wake of the April 25 murder of 16-year-old student Carson Barrett.

Blake assured students and staff that police will restore normality to their school and the wider Grange Hill community.

“In the meantime, I beg you students (that) you are the future, do not get drawn into crime, stay away from crime. Crime and gangsterism are not cool,” Blake said.

Barrett, a year 10 student, was shot dead as he walked home from school after a sports day.

A female student from the same class was also injured and is recovering. That incident has left the school and the wider community in mourning.

“I can assure you that you will not make this journey alone, we are here for you and we will be here with you,” Commissioner Blake assured.

He noted that Grange Hill High School exists in an environment surrounded by criminal activity and other elements.

“And while we can care for you within the confines of the school, we must ensure that the threat forces outside are addressed. So we are looking at identifying these individuals, and let me tell you we know who they are, they have our attention and we will do everything in our power to remove them,” Blake informed.

-Albert Ferguson

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