Providenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – Today, January 28, 2016, we have been shocked and saddened by the news of a fire at HJ Robinson, the only high school in the nations capital. While we wish to express our deep sadness of this unfortunate and tragic development, we wish to comfort the many students and families who have been also deeply impacted by this act of apparent arson. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with you as you strive to educate and equip yourself and face the challenges of coping with this new reality.
The many photographs circulating this morning on social media paint a vivid picture of the difficulties you face in the coming years.
The Leader of the Opposition has been briefed by party officials including Hon. Edwin Astwood and Hon. Derek Taylor who are both on the ground and at the scene and is today, through this release, calling on Government to quickly resolve a budget to take to the house of assembly in an emergency session to meet the needs of the people of Grand Turk including the rebuilding of HJ Robinson and properly funding a long called for and overdue domestic fire tender.
We understand that the fire affected flights since fire trucks and personnel that service the Jags McCartney International airport were directed to address this emergency.
We wish to thank the service men, fortis and volunteers who have so tirelessly given of their time and labor to confront this fire and stem it from causing increased damage to the school.
The people of Grand Turk and the Turks and Caicos Islands are a resilient, hard working, hopeful people and we have overcome many great odds and adversity to emerge victorious and enjoy what we know as our country today. We say that no weapon formed against our nation will prosper. And no act, however originated will dampen the spirit or the will of our people. We will rise from the ashes and build again; we will persevere and win in the face of difficulty and overwhelming odds. We are strong and will emerge stronger from this setback.