Wall Still Intact

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 8 Comments
August 11, 2017 4:09 pm AST
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The newly built perimeter wall on the eastern end of the Elmore Stout High School (ESHS) is still intact, despite massive flooding of the adjacent ghut, due to the passage of a tropical wave earlier this week.

Education Minister, Hon. Myron Walwyn explained to BVI Platinum News that although the school suffered great damage this week, the newly built wall was able to limit the amount of damage that could have been sustained. He noted that it could’ve been worse, if the wall was not replaced.

The school saw a great deal of equipment, furniture and classrooms being damaged, after a portion of the school wall collapsed.

The Minister told BVI Platinum News that the portion of the wall that gave way was one that was constructed a very long time ago.

“The section of the ESHS wall that came down was an old portion that was built many moons ago, across by the area of the ghut. The new wall that was recently built was joined to that old portion.”

He continued, “I understand that it is being said that portions of the new wall came down. This is absolutely false and I ask the persons who are peddling this to use their energies to help us to get our community back in order rather than spreading false rumors.”

This is the time for the community to band together in restoring the look of the wider community, Minister Walwyn said.

“Now is not the time to gain cheap political points. I find this to be very reprehensible. Now is the time for unity towards the one goal of restoring our islands to the standard that we enjoyed prior to the storm.”

Principal of the school, Ms. Sandy Underhill also spoke to the strength of the new wall, highlighting that it was indeed the old structure that gave way.

In similar comments as the Minister, she further noted that thanks to the new structure, the school was not exposed to as much damage as it could have been.

“The new wall was not complete due to financial constraints. The old wall was joined with reinforcements to the new wall and that area of the wall was damaged by the water from the gut.”

She said, “The new wall protected the school from additional damage. The areas of the new wall that is barring the school from the ghut was untouched.”

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Oh for Heven Sake
The Wall Bruk from the Ghut being blocked, so what is the issue. It is where the Ghut entered the School. If you did not put it there, yes it would have been worst, ok so wha the issue is man with the spinning. People dizzy with the Bull. Just real and get the school back together and move on in life.
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Really
I am seeing wrong, I do wear glasses, or is the inside of the wall not plastered - maybe that's the old wall. Or why the inside of the new wall is not painted for over 1 million dollars.
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Hmm
So much spin they should be trying out fro WI cricket team.
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PEOPLE
If I was the Minister I would leave this wall alone because the more he talks the more he incriminate himself.
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Ann
We did not eat or school fees myron stop lie
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really
these idiots here talking about a wall so simple while persons in the community have no bed to rest there head
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Daphnie
I am calling for a professional review od cost and use of appropiate materials. It is time to hold us accountable and stop the spin doctors from working so hard.
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Poor you
I guess you didn't read the article smh
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