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caribstx
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I just received this email from the Head of School at Good Hope Country Day School here on STX. Here's an excerpt:

Dear Parents:

Given the range of shooting events on island the last four days, we have requested 10-4 checks (squad car drive-bys) from law enforcement as well as hired R&T Unlimited Security to provide un-armed patrols (Officer Peters and Officer Petrus) between 7am and 5pm today through Thursday, and Friday from 7am to 12pm. Please note these are merely precautionary measures.

Seems a bit over the top to me.

Maybe others have a different opinion?

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Topic starter Posted : December 15, 2015 3:25 pm
monogram
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The precious jewels need protection (even though there's no appreciable risk).

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Posted : December 15, 2015 3:55 pm
RevFD
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Wouldn't it be smarter to deploy resources where they are actually needed.... like in high crime areas...

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Posted : December 15, 2015 4:08 pm
caribstx
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Here's a St. Croix Source article referencing a Good Hope Country Day School student who was arrested last Thursday and subsequently suspended from school on Friday. He's the son of a prominent teacher at the school.

Male Minor Arrested in Frederiksted

A male minor was arrested Thursday afternoon in Frederiksted after police found him in possession of a stolen rifle, the V.I. Police Department reported.

At 2:17 p.m. Thursday, the 911 emergency call center received a notification of gunfire discharged near Spratt Hall.

Responding officers saw and stopped a young man riding a bicycle and saw the magazine for a .22 caliber rifle in his possession. A K-9 unit was summoned to the scene and was successful in locating a .22 caliber rifle.

According to police, the 17-year-old suspect, whose name was not released by police because of his age, admitted to having shot at the home and car of an individual he claimed owed him money.

It was later discovered that the rifle had been stolen.

The minor was arrested and charged with grand larceny, possession of an unlicensed firearm and the discharging of gunfire.

I guess every school has its problem children.

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Topic starter Posted : December 15, 2015 4:10 pm
speee1dy
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i think this is a bit over the top.

and you can bet that 1 student is not the only one to have a gun, "prominent" or not

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Posted : December 15, 2015 4:19 pm
SunnyCaribe
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...And that minor has been released on bail.

And the individual who was targeted was in the vehicle that was shot at, according to some reports.

And that individual is a student of GHCDS.

I know the minor and his family, and parents are very right to be concerned.

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Posted : December 15, 2015 4:20 pm
OldTart
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... According to police, the 17-year-old suspect, whose name was not released by police because of his age, admitted to having shot at the home and car of an individual he claimed owed him money.

It was later discovered that the rifle had been stolen

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I've always thought that sort of "protection" is ridiculous. I'm sure he was released to the custody of his parents, too, who had not a clue that (or why) their child is such a miscreant.

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Posted : December 15, 2015 6:07 pm
caribstx
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Apparently there was a drive by at or near Lutheran Social Services in Frederiksted today at mid-morning. Several cars owned by LSS employees were hit with gun fire. No one was injured at LSS.

I have heard the the Governor has declared another Stae of Emergency on St. Croix just now.

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Topic starter Posted : December 15, 2015 6:13 pm
caribstx
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...And that minor has been released on bail.

And the individual who was targeted was in the vehicle that was shot at, according to some reports.

And that individual is a student of GHCDS.

I know the minor and his family, and parents are very right to be concerned.

The .22 rifle that the kid was arrested with belonged to his father, a federal government employee, and was one of his government issued weapons. His mom is a teacher at the school.

This story gets deeper and deeper.

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Topic starter Posted : December 15, 2015 6:23 pm
monogram
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Apparently there was a drive by at or near Lutheran Social Services in Frederiksted today at mid-morning. Several cars owned by LSS employees were hit with gun fire. No one was injured at LSS.

I have heard the the Governor has declared another Stae of Emergency on St. Croix just now.

Here we go again!

An aside: what is up with these prep school gangsters? LOL. Stephen O'Reilly (son of Senator O'Reilly and Country Day grad) still takes the cake:
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/man-turns-self-in-for-allegedly-stabbing-roommate-/nW97z/

"It literally looked like a slaughterhouse."

These aren't gang members (whose rage can probably be explained by abject poverty, missing fathers, etc); they're spoiled brats from prominent two-parent homes acting out.

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Posted : December 15, 2015 6:27 pm
vicanuck
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There's a pretty healthy marijuana market at Country Day, I'm told by kids who know. But shooting up a fellow student's house and car over a debt is taking things a bit to the extreme for privileged teens.

It must be a huge shock to the kid's parents. What might happen to the father if his government issued weapon was involved? He could lose his job...or both parents could lose their jobs since the Mom was a teacher at GHCDS. Wow.

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Posted : December 15, 2015 6:46 pm
janeinstx
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I have heard the the Governor has declared another Stae of Emergency on St. Croix just now.

I saw something on VI Consortium that said he was expected to but no confirmation .

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Posted : December 15, 2015 7:52 pm
SunnyCaribe
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...And that minor has been released on bail.

And the individual who was targeted was in the vehicle that was shot at, according to some reports.

And that individual is a student of GHCDS.

I know the minor and his family, and parents are very right to be concerned.

The .22 rifle that the kid was arrested with belonged to his father, a federal government employee, and was one of his government issued weapons. His mom is a teacher at the school.

This story gets deeper and deeper.

He is NOT a federal employee. I wish he were. He is a territorial government employee, a status that has insulated him from serious charges in the past. I can't speak to the specifics of the firearm, but he used to be an avid member of the marksmanship assn. I am unaware of any .22cal govt issue firearms so I suspect the firearm was his personally.

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Posted : December 15, 2015 8:24 pm
islandjoan
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A friend of mine works at Lutheran Social Services. She confirmed the shooting there this morning.

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Posted : December 15, 2015 9:03 pm
sheiba
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This is Sad....This is a good family.. The Mother is a great teacher and very involved with the school and animal life on island. I know she Must be devastated.

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Posted : December 15, 2015 9:04 pm
LiquidFluoride
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The .22 rifle that the kid was arrested with belonged to his father, a federal government employee, and was one of his government issued weapons. His mom is a teacher at the school.

This story gets deeper and deeper.

A federally issued .22 LR... now THAT is funny!

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Posted : December 15, 2015 9:43 pm
Spartygrad95
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The .22 rifle that the kid was arrested with belonged to his father, a federal government employee, and was one of his government issued weapons. His mom is a teacher at the school.

This story gets deeper and deeper.

A federally issued .22 LR... now THAT is funny!

For federal squirrel hunting!

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Posted : December 15, 2015 10:11 pm
shangirl
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I know here on the mainland everyone is shocked when the kids at the "good" schools are selling drugs, possessing weapons, etc. my daughter and I are close and she tells me everything. I talk to other parents about the things she tells me go on at shook and they are shocked. Claimed they had no idea this was going on in the "safe" suburbs.

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Posted : December 15, 2015 11:01 pm
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