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April 1, 2023

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Church awaits Oberlin High report

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The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Island  is awaiting a full report of what transpired yesterday at the Oberlin High School in Kingston where scores of students were reportedly “overpowered by the anointing”.

Moderator for the church, Reverend Gary Harriott, said  a delegation, including chairman of the school’s board went to the school yesterday.

“I am awaiting a response before we are able to say anything,” he told Freedom Come Rain Online Thursday.

The co-educational institution was established by the Disciples of Christ in Jamaica, presently the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. According to the acting principal of the institution, Antoinette Gray, students were “overpowered by the anointing” after a teacher was given an opportunity to share a Word during devotion Wednesday morning.

She said some of the students were not able to control themselves and others fainted and had to be taken to the school nurse. School was dismissed early because of “the complexity of the situation and the fact that some students were unsettled.”  

Rev. Harriott, a former general secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches,  said he has taken note of media reports and the Ministry of Education’s commentary on the matter.  

“We note the outreach of the Ministry and the Ministry’s intervention and the investigation,” said the pastor.

“There is nothing else that we can add to the situation; we just trust that everything will just settle down for the students and staff and all those who would have been impacted by what happened yesterday,” he told Freedom Come Rain Online earlier.

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