SINGAPORE: A “tragic incident” has taken place at River Valley High School (RVHS), Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said in a Facebook post on Monday (Jul 19).
“We are all shocked to receive news of the tragic incident at River Valley High School this morning,” said Mr Chan, whose post went up at 4.21pm.
“Our thoughts are with the families of the students concerned.”
Other media have reported that a student was killed in the incident, which has been described as an attack, but government agencies have not confirmed what happened.
CNA has been unable to verify other information related to the incident that has been shared on social media and other news platforms, including the type of weapon involved, if any.
Mr Chan said that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is rendering all possible support to the affected families, and the students and staff at the school.
The ministry is also working closely with the Singapore Police Force, which Mr Chan said will share more details on the case “in due course”.
“The safety and well-being of our students and staff are of paramount importance to us,” said Mr Chan.
“We are determined to work with parents and students to keep our schools safe and have our children grow up and learn together in a trusted environment.”
Mr Chan also assured students that they will be taken care of, and to reach out to an adult, teachers or school counsellors should they, or anyone they know, need help.
“You are never alone, and we will always stand ready to help you,” he said.
When CNA arrived at the scene at about 3.20pm, students were leaving the school campus via various exits, with teachers stationed at each one.
Police vehicles were seen coming and going, with a crime scene investigation van and various police cars parked on the campus grounds.
One parent that CNA spoke to at about 3.45pm said she received a call from her daughter at noon. The woman was waiting for her daughter to be released from school at the bus stop opposite the main entrance.
The parent, who only wanted to be known as Mdm Chin, said her daughter was crying on the phone.
Mdm Chin said her daughter, who is a Secondary 3 student, had asked to be picked up from school later and said something had happened.
When her mother asked her what was wrong, the student told her she was in a safe space with teachers around.
Another parent CNA spoke to who declined to be named said her daughter, who is in Secondary 4, said the students were already briefed about what happened but were instructed not to reveal any details about the incident.
At around 4pm, several parents were seen waiting outside the gates, and several of them were allowed to enter the school.
RVHS has students aged between 12 and 18, and offers the six-year Integrated Programme (IP).
CNA has contacted the police and MOE for more information.
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