Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Police Called in as Pupils Rebel Again

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Police Called in as Pupils Rebel Again

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Byline: By Dave Black

Teachers' leaders and politicans are to investigate a North school after pupils yesterday staged their second demonstration in four days.

Police attended Hirst High, Ashington, Northumberland, after about 40 pupils protested for three hours outside the school gates and refused to go to lessons.

The incident follows a protest at the school on Friday, when 100 pupils threw eggs and other missiles at police vehicles.

Last week's protest was said to have been sparked by students' anger over suggestions that events like discos and non-uniform days were to be banned.

It is also thought students are unhappy about claims that a number of popular teachers are planning to leave the 870-pupil school.

But last night Northumberland County Council rejected suggestions that several teachers wanted to leave because they were unhappy about the way the school was run.

A spokesman said: "We are carrying out an investigation into what happened at Hirst High School and why it happened, but we would dismiss claims that teachers at the school are unhappy about things. …

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