An event to mark the end of the Common Entrance Examination at the Hilton Hotel ended up in a mass casualty situation.
Around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon about two hundred students accompanied by their parents and guardians were on the tennis court on the eastern side of the Hilton Barbados property, when one of the slides collapsed and injured several children.
Police public relations officer, Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss, says early reports indicated that thirteen children were injured, and one adult. He, however, was not able to confirm the exact number of children injured, and the extent of their injuries.
Acting Inspector Inniss told CBC News about the major response to the incident.
And in a release, the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation says it is saddened by the turn of events which resulted in several class four pupils, who had just sat the Common Entrance Exam, being injured and taken to hospital for treatment.
The Ministry says it is indeed an unfortunate end, to what should have been, an afternoon of celebration and enjoyment.
The ministry empathizes with the parents of these students, and will continue to monitor the condition of the injured children.