Mango tree crashes on Soufriere pre-school

The tree on the school

Pupils and teachers of the Seedlings Pre-School in Soufriere got the scare of a lifetime on Thursday morning when a mango tree came crashing down on the school building.

The president of the Parents Teachers Association there told DNO that the incident occurred at about 9:30 am when only three infants and two teachers were at the school.

No one was injured.

Relating what happened, PTA president Cleviana Jno-Lewis said one of the teachers heard a strange noise and before they knew what was happening there was a loud bang as the tree came crashing down on the school building.

The students and teachers were able to react quickly and escape through a door.

Jno-Lewis said the mango tree was situated outside the school’s perimeter fence and was not seen as a hazard.

The pre-school is the only one serving the communities of Scotts Head, Soufriere and Gallion.

The school’s two teachers take care of 25 infants on a daily basis (excluding weekends)

Damage on the interior of the school

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42 Comments

  1. keefy
    May 11, 2012

    why do some of us hav to think abt the ratio….. i work at a primary private school where i hav to manage 22 students in grade 3. then each school day for 2h n 45 min manage 16 from different classes to assist wit their homework… each child in a class learn differently…. theres nothing to complain about….. we love to bring down people n thus the country…..nonsense

  2. Mate
    May 11, 2012

    Awww…that’s messed up. Looks like such a little quaint pre-school. Thank God no one was hurt and I hope they get help with this incident as soon as possible.

  3. Setup
    May 10, 2012

    Praise and thanks to The Almighty God for protection.

  4. Anonymous
    May 10, 2012

    praise the lord amen
    let the lord guide his yuts in all they do go own on your knees and pray that after that day every thing will be ok let us pray oh lord guide the children of today they are the plants of your orchard the flowers of your garden and the angels of your heaven lord guide them i pray in you holy name amen

  5. Anonymous
    May 10, 2012

    Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world…….. :) :-D

  6. Anonymous
    May 10, 2012

    in mordern times like this , and the country where huricane is seasonal ,why is a school still in wood for Gods sake, its a pity. this should have been done b4 the roads.please lives of kids are involved , so dominicans should look into this things first befor checking out other people bizness , who she sleep with , who she that who he this and who he that and liesand gossips and breaking homes and other nonsence they do. disscuss this .

  7. MALKASSAY IN LONDON
    May 10, 2012

    jah s always good…give thanks…

  8. May 10, 2012

    GOD LOVES HIS CHILDREN.

  9. DANZIGER
    May 10, 2012

    A stich in time saves nine so we better start cutting down all trees remember we are close to hurricane season.

  10. Anonymous
    May 10, 2012

    O MY GOOD 8-Ohttps://dominicanewsonline.com/news/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_eek.gif

  11. shut up
    May 10, 2012

    I am very happy that both the children and the teachers got out alive, but Ms. Alfred got a Garsh on her leg, but we pray she will be alright.
    I thank God for their quick reaction to save lives.

  12. take it or leave it
    May 10, 2012

    Thanks god for his mercy and grace am so happy all is safe

  13. Anonymous
    May 10, 2012

    God Loves his children

  14. Roz
    May 10, 2012

    How ironic a situation. A big tree fell on Seedlings Pre school. Seedlings grow up to be big trees.

    Thankful that the little ones and their teachers are safe.

  15. dot
    May 10, 2012

    We are all thankful that everyone is safe; Lord little ones like this can’t help themselves in times of disaster, but you can. That being said…. Am I the only one who thinks that the school people were negligent? You mean the official start of the hurricane season is weeks away and you have this mother of a tree and talking about it was not considered a threat? You did not expect it to fall because we are not having a hurricane, but look at the size of that tree, you knew that based on its height it would reach that little structure with people’s innocent children. And I blame the parents too.. should have seen that hazard there and raised it with the Teachers.

    On another note; we have to stop taking changes with our children. All over the place you see people opening pre-schools and day cares. I mean where are the standards? Children in basements for a pre-school, have no way to go out in case of fire, right on the busy streets of Roseau, day care and pre-schools with no yard for kids to play, teachers with over 20 children walking through Roseau with people children, a place like Roseau with no sidewalks.

    Parents we have to really consider these things when we choose a school / day care for our children. They have been entrusted to us.

  16. think twice
    May 10, 2012

    about 9:30 am when only three infants and two “teachers were at the school.” Is it a normal thing that parents bring their children so late to school? otherwise i will say there was a reason why the children were late for school on that day otherwise some of them would be hurt..the shelves could have hurt a child..and so on..Let God b praised.

  17. virgo
    May 10, 2012

    GOD always take care of the little ones, praise the LORD.

    • Queen
      May 10, 2012

      AMEN VIRGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  18. The truth
    May 10, 2012

    ok, i think it is time we get up to speed with health and safety in dominica. i am not talking about that over the top kind of thing, but common sense health and safety. forget about the tree because who knows that it would have fell like that. but think about the marpin guy who passed away by falling off the post. the house that the huge boulder went straight into. we need to asses things and use common sense to sort it out. the man should have been tied to the post. people should assess where their house is being built and clear hazards before starting construction. cut branches off huge trees etc. simple things can save lives. no one got hurt today thank god but that may not always be the case. we are now becoming responsible for the lives of foreigners too. i even think that H reg buses should have mandatory checks to certify that they are fit for passenger safety, once a year, if it is not already in place. i know some people will give me headache here for this but it is true

  19. qstorm78
    May 10, 2012

    Glad they’re all ok.. SN: 2 teachers for 25 infants?

    • think twice
      May 10, 2012

      so what

    • oh boy
      May 10, 2012

      you paying them u wondering about the ratio. We need more funds to pay them better, so why dont you said a monthly contribution.

    • hmmmmmmmr
      May 10, 2012

      wats ur point???? there are not enough teachers or too many for uch a small class.

  20. FACT ABOUT LIFE
    May 10, 2012

    I THINK GOD IS TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING SO WE ALL NEED TO BE PREPARE FR HIS COMMING MY BROTHERS AD SISTETRS. THANX GOD HE HAS SPEAR THESE LIVES
    TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE AD IS STILL DOING AMEN

  21. Soufriere
    May 10, 2012

    OUR GOD IS AWESOME! HE TAKES CARE OF THE WHAT IFS…

  22. Original-Eagle Eye
    May 10, 2012

    Shivering.. Thank you most high for the might of your hand holding every branch and root back so they could all get out safely.

  23. strength
    May 10, 2012

    God is good all the time and all the time God is good. let us give HIM thanks and praise!

  24. CuriousMind
    May 10, 2012

    The predictable reaction is ‘Thank God no one was injured!’ But why would a God let the tree fall on and smash up the pre-school?

    Why does God always gets credit for the good but no blame for the bad? Ok so he was responsible for no-one getting injured, but not responsible for expensive damage to the school?

    I know this won’t be a popular post but I’m just being rational and thinking critically.

    • This is Sad
      May 10, 2012

      Good question, I hope you are sincerely looking for an answer. If you read the bible, it teaches that God does not do anything that is evil, not even to test his people as we sometimes are made to believe. (read James 1:13-15) All evil things come from the Devil, who is a powerful wicked spirit, in opposition to God. So it is very correct to attribute only positive things to God, because that is what he is capable of. Why would he for example use his son to raise people from death and cure sickness, if he was the same one causing people to die and get sick?

      That was just an example of what He will do in the future and what he intended for us in the first place. Even when things seem to happen by “nature”, God did not intend for it to have the consequencies that happens today. It is Satan that sometimes causes the natural things to affect us in a bad way so that we can blame God.

      • Voice
        May 10, 2012

        let me educate you on the characteristics of GOD: If you read through the bible God is love but he is also just. In the old testament for example he also punish his people by inflicting pain on them for their evil ways. Look at the children of Israel when they were disobedient, Pharoah when he did not let his people go and Sodom and Gomorah when the entire land was distroyed…. to name a few. This is why God speaks clearly of sin and its consequences.

    • Woodford Hill girl
      May 10, 2012

      curiousmind you are just an ignorant idiot,all bad things come from the devil,all good comes from God so He deserves all the praise the honour and the glory,get a bible and read it!

    • frances
      May 11, 2012

      The devil made it fall. God hands covered them with protection. that’s why good always conquers evil. Faith is believing God exists but so does the devil

  25. SO LUCIAN /D/CAN
    May 10, 2012

    jesus we thank you.love one another as christ loved us all….

  26. henri
    May 10, 2012

    inspite of everything, the Lord protects the inocent ones.

  27. smh
    May 10, 2012

    Am glad everybody is fine.

  28. May 10, 2012

    God work in mysterious ways, thanks God there were no kids/one inside

    • May 10, 2012

      What you need to say is thanks there were not too many kids inside, had it not been for the and the quick thinking of the teacher, who knows what

  29. simple mind
    May 10, 2012

    Another facility will be found no doubt;but first give “Praise and Thanks” to the “Almighty God” for His saving grace,He sees and knows everything.

  30. As I See It
    May 10, 2012

    Papa Met!! Praise God all the children had not arrived yet.

  31. DARN!
    May 10, 2012

    PAPA METTRE!!!!!

  32. Sam
    May 10, 2012

    Oh my God. Lucky escape. Thanks God

  33. Anonymous
    May 10, 2012

    OMG…. Thank God everyone is safe

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