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Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Fri. May 26, 2006: Thirty primary school students in Trinidad and Tobago have been infected with HIV/AIDS because of abuse either at home or at school.

That’s according to a report from the Ministry of Education’s Student Support Services, which also found that 65 students were found to have been sexually assaulted.

Education Minister Hazel Manning made the disclosure yesterday at a post-cabinet press conference. The minister said the report was done by report a team of school guidance officers, social workers and school psychologists from October 2004 to December 2005 at 60 schools throughout the country.

Manning added that as a result of the findings a total of 18 families have been placed before the courts by the division as the ministry’s steps up efforts to investigate and identify at risk students.

The startling find comes amidst two shocking rape and murder cases in the oil rich twin-island republic involving a four and six-year-old. American-born Sean Luke was found sodomized to death in a canefield in March while four-year-old Amy Annamunthodo died after being raped and beaten to death recently.

Her step father and mother have been charged in her death while two teens face murder charges in Sean’s death. –