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Hampton prinicpal to meet with education minister today

Heather Murray, Principal of Hampton School, is expected to be present at a  meeting on Wednesday, called by Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid with the Board of Hampton, to discuss her presence at the bail hearing for Reverend Rupert Clarke.
   
Mrs. Murray is still facing intense criticism after turning up at the St. Elizabeth Parish Court a week ago while Reverend Clarke was answering a charge of  raping a 15-year-old girl.
   
Senator Reid said the meeting, scheduled for 1:00 p.m., is so that he can "go through the issues and satisfy (him)self in terms of what came out of her official report." 

When asked if he still holds the position that there was nothing wrong in principle with Mrs. Murray being at the court house, the education minister said, "Morally, I think that is now questionable whether or not, in the circumstances it would have been advisable, the part that she played in those post activities."

State assistance for victim

In the meantime, the State is offering assistance to the child and her family, who are at the centre of sexual abuse allegations against Reverend Clarke.
  
In an interview with JIS News, State Minister for Youth Floyd Green, said officers from the Child Development Agency (CDA) did a home assessment and the 15-year-old girl and her sister, who is 13 years old, have been removed from the family home and placed in State care.
  
The remaining teenagers at the home will receive counselling.
  
Mr. Green says Food For The Poor has been contacted to provide assistance, as the family home is in poor condition.



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