Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Priest Backs Snowball Punishment

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Priest Backs Snowball Punishment

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A governors' chief has backed his school staff's decision to suspend 40 pupils for throwing snowballs.

A number of parents at St Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School, in Benton, Newcastle, have criticised the school for sending children home when they were caught snowballing.

But chairman of governors the Rev Dennis Kellett said children had to be punished when they broke school rules.

Pupils at St Mary's were warned not to throw snow in the school yard after a teacher was pelted last week.

But 40 pupils caught breaking the rules were suspended on Thursday and will not return to classes until Monday morning.

Yesterday, Fr Kellett said: "The school has a disciplinary procedure and I would back the staff in dealing with any breaches of that.

"Snowballing can be a dangerous activity. If someone gets hit in the eye, for example, we could be liable."

An Ofsted inspection of St Mary's last year highlighted some weaknesses, though it said that overall standards are satisfactory. …

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