Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs expresses deep and heartfelt condolences to the parents and family of the young boy whose life was tragically lost in an accident on Saturday morning at the Princess Juliana International Airport.
“This tragedy is one that will forever change the landscape of the lives of all involved, including the victim, his family, the driver of the van and his family as well as eyewitnesses and the community at large.
“No words can properly suffice to offer comfort at this time. It is my wish that while the investigation is ongoing that speculation be left aside out of respect for those who are mourning and in deep shock as a result of this accident.
“It is also my fervent hope and prayer that they are given the emotional support necessary to deal with the aftermath of this tragedy in the days, weeks and months to come.
“While it may fade from our daily thoughts after some time, such a tragedy can continue to haunt those involved for years to come. May God grant them the faith and strength to get through this most difficult journey.
“All parents, guardians and institutions are asked to exercise diligence to avoid the reoccurrence of such a tragedy and others that we read about daily around the world, as we must ensure the safety and security of all citizens.
“The entire island community is in deep shock and prayers for compassion, strength and healing are extended to all involved,” Minister Silveria Jacobs stated on Saturday.