Philipsburg, November 11th 2018

From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON

                                               POLICE PRESS RELEASE

KPSM comments on school fights

The Sint Maarten Police force is well aware of the increase in the number of school fights that have been taking place within the last few months and would like to send a stern warning to all students and parents that there will be severe consequences for such actions.

The KPSM police have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to school and gang fights and are pleading with all parents to get involved in trying to alleviate this rapidly growing problem by talking to their children about the dangers of getting involved in fights. Penalties vary from community service to jail time.  Police officers do not want to resort to using force on a minor however they will not shy away in the event it becomes necessary to do so.

We would also like to reiterate the press release put out by the Public Prosecutor’s office which informed the public that “Youngsters who gang up on one individual risk being arrested and prosecuted. Those who take pleasure in filming these fights run the risk of being reported to Facebook and eventually the deletion of their Facebook account.”

Violence is never the answer and the Sint Maarten police force would hope that we all can come together as a community and put a stop to this unnecessary violence within our community. Go to school and finish the 2018 school year safely.

Female dies during traffic accident

Police patrols, Paramedics and Police Traffic Department on Sunday November 11th at approximately 08.35 a.m. were sent to Sucker garden road in the vicinity of the York’s property to investigate a traffic accident involving a four-wheeler with license plate R-189 ridden by a female. On the scene paramedics attended to the 18 year old victim identified with M.C.S. and transported her to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment but shortly after was pronounced dead. The victim died of the injuries she sustained during the accident. According to witnesses the victim lost control of the four-wheeler while travelling up the hill at Upper Princess Quarter. The vehicle drove off the road, overturned and landed on the victim. The Police  Traffic Department is investigating to determine that exact cause of the accident. (See pic attached)

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