A Chaguanas North Secondary School teacher was treated at hospital yesterday after suffering a panic attack in her classroom.
The English language teacher was conducting class when a scratch bomb exploded outside the classroom around 10 a.m.
The Express was told the teacher was unable to breathe and had to be led to the staff room by her pupils.
She was then taken by ambulance to Chaguanas Health Centre.
A relative said: “She was in the classroom, when someone threw a scratch bomb outside the window.
“She had a panic attack and she was unable to talk and breathe. She was taken to the staff room and they called an ambulance.”
The 40-year-old teacher was treated for chest pains and discharged around 1.30 p.m.
‘Nothing being done’
Teachers at the school have been complaining about pupils playing with scratch bombs on the compound.
“This has been going on for a long time. There have been many complaints by teachers, but nothing is being done about it,” a school official said.
Back in 2015, two teachers were injured when scratch bombs exploded inside a classroom. The pupils were caught, but no disciplinary action was taken against them.
Teachers and parents had called for proper security at the school.
Parents said the matter had not been addressed by the Ministry of Education, and they are demanding a meeting to discuss their concerns.
An official at the ministry said he was not aware of the incident, but promised to “look into” the matter.
Source: Trinidad Express http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20171108/news/scratch-bomb-sends-miss-to-hospital