The Education Ministry has dispatched its grief and trauma team to support school staff and students at Red Hills Primary in St. Andrew, following the tragic death of 8-year-old Shante Skyers.

Minister of State Alando Terrelonge has expressed shock and sadness at the passing of young Shante who went missing last Thursday while on her way from school.

Minister Terrelonge says he’s deeply concerned about the manner in which the child’s body was found and says it’s extremely troubling that someone would seek to harm an innocent child as she tried to make her way home.

The State Minister says this incident along with several others, should leave all Jamaicans with the resolve to eliminate crime and violence from the country once and for all by speaking with the Police when they see any suspicious activity.

The State Minister has called on the community members of Sterling Castle where Shante resided, to continue their partnership with the Police to assist in investigations to bring the perpetrators to justice.

He says it would be an insult to the life of Shante if those who committed the crime were to live as free individuals.

The Ministry has also indicated that it will continue its partnership with other government agencies to assist in providing safe transportation to and from school especially in rural areas.

And the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, CPFSA, is again calling for every Jamaican to take action, and be more vigilant in the care and protection of the nation’s children.

The Agency says a team of first responders has also been briefed to provide additional counseling support as needed.