Sex offender at school prompts tighter security

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Education minister Rolston Anglin has promised to implement tighter security checks on all staff working on school grounds after confirming that a convicted sex offender was employed for nine days in June/July 2011 as a construction 
worker at Clifton Hunter high school. 

Mr. Anglin, speaking at a meeting of the Legislative Assembly Wednesday, said his ministry has investigated and confirmed a report of the convicted sex offender working for a construction project sub-contractor at the school last year after reports of the man working at the school emerged early this month. 

Police checks are already in place for staff who teach at schools, as well as those who bus students to and from school and who provide janitorial and kitchen equipment services and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service issues licences to security staff, but Mr. Anglin said mandatory police checks would be now implemented for all other workers who are contracted to provide any other services at schools. 

“The ministry will mandate police checks for all other contracted services prior to commencement of services and retroactively include construction workers currently employed on ongoing projects on school sites,” Mr. Anglin said. 

He added that the normal procedure for construction projects at schools is that the construction zones are isolated from the rest of the school and construction workers are not permitted onto school grounds without express permission from the project manager and school principal. 

Mr. Anglin said police checks would also be mandated for volunteers at schools. 

The minister said work would also immediately begin on amending regulations to the Education Law to make it illegal for anyone convicted of a sex offence to be on school sites or on school buses. 

The government will write to all contractors working on school projects, as well as all private and government schools, pre-schools and tertiary education centres, to inform them of the new procedures and standards, Mr. Anglin told legislators. 

“We will have a uniform national standard for the protection of our children,” he said. 

The project sub-contractor told the ministry the offender had spent three and a half days at the site while the school was in session and six days there while the school, located at the former George Hicks campus, was closed.  

Mr. Anglin said the ministry had received no complaints from parents or from the school in relation to the matter. 

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Clifton Hunter High School

1 COMMENT

  1. Thank you Ms. Sandra Catron for your persistence and determination in protecting our children. You brought a very serious oversight to the attention of the authorities and now something is being done about it.This demonstates the power of 1 voice and everyone should be encouraged. I’m aware that this person was on campus very recently but hopefully this will not occur again.

    I’m pleased that the broader issue of checks will not be in place – sad to think that for all of these years they were not and our children were unnecessarily exposed to criminals.

    Now, what about that sex offender’s registry?

  2. Before they create more laws and databases that are inconsistently enforced, why not examine what deficiency in the Work Permit approval process or Status Grant process, allowed him to be here?

  3. He wasn’t a work permit holder. A work permit holder with a criminal record CANNOT get a work permit.

    The one thing they ask for is a police clearance. Unless you come from a country that is corrupt, beyond measure. Where police will give clear clearances.

    No 1st world country’s police force would do this. USA, Europe, canada.

  4. Big Berd

    You’re missing the fact that the Cayman Islands is probably the only country in the world where professional forgery is not a regular occurence, simply because the place is so small.

    There is…and has never been any system in Cayman to regularly test foreign-produced police records for their authenticity…to verify that the documents are not forgeries.

    Professional forgery is a huge industry in many of the countries from which the Cayman Islands have been accepting police records for many years now.

    There are obviously people in Cayman who know exactly who this individual is…I’m not living in Cayman so I’m not privy to that knowledge.

    If he is a convicted sex-offender and has not been deported then obviously, he has the right to live in Cayman.

    Ms. Catron’s campaign for a sex-offenders register has great merit…

    And its obviously not aimed at work-permit holders who are supposed to be legally deported once they’ve picked up a criminal conviction of any kind.

    This problem is obviously closer to home than many are willing to admit.

  5. This is a very difficult one. It has always been and continues to be common in small communities in virtually every country in the world that sexual offences -usually intra-familial – are hidden, not commented upon, and if dealt with at all, dealt with without recourse to formal police or judicial process. And if anyone takes offence at this next remark – think hard – it was probably the case in Cayman until quite recent times.
    Thank God, nowadays, these things are dealt with openly and by judicial/social work processes.

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