Manitoba students watch violent break-in on humanitarian trip in Puerto Plata
High school students from St. Jean Baptiste and Ste. Anne are on their way home after spending a tense night in the Dominican Republic.
They were on a week-long humanitarian project at an orphanage in Puerto Plata when burglars stormed the compound where students, teachers and some parents were staying.
Alain Laberge, superintendent of the Division Scolaire Franco-Maintobaine, said it happened around 1 a.m. Thursday, a day after the students had arrived.
He said the compound’s owner got into a fight with the burglars and some of the students were shaken after witnessing the violent altercation.
“They are shocked,” he said. “Because something like this … it could have happened here in Winnipeg. It could have happened anywhere.”
Laberge said no one among the 26 people from Manitoba was injured, but the students will get help upon their return home.
“We will have people waiting for the students arrival to see if they need any help. Next week we will have counsellors and psychologists in our schools as well.”
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