Wednesday 24 January 2018

Protest schoolboy faces expulsion

Shane Donnelly at his Dublin home last night. Photo: Damien Eagers
Shane Donnelly at his Dublin home last night. Photo: Damien Eagers

John Walshe Education Editor

A SECONDARY school student faces a disciplinary hearing today for organising a protest over education cuts.

Supporters have launched a campaign on Facebook to prevent Shane Donnelly (17) from being expelled from Moyle Park College in Clondalkin, Dublin.

The Leaving Certificate student, who is a member of the Socialist Party, was one of the leaders of the walk-out from the college during school hours on Tuesday to the constituency office of local Fianna Fail TD John Curran.

He has been asked to stay away from school until a decision is taking following today's hearing. His parents are expected to attend.

A decision on expulsion would have to be approved by the board of management but could be appealed.

The Moyle Park students were joined during the protest by about two dozen others from nearby Colaiste Bride.

Shauna Sheridan from Colaiste Bride, who was involved in Tuesday's protest, said: "There is no way we will stand by and let them expel Shane. All he did was speak out against the cuts."

Shane Donnelly himself said: "The school was implying young people don't care about cutbacks. This shows that most young people really do care about education cuts."

Irish Independent

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