Tuesday 24 April 2018

Pupils protest over lunch changes

Pupils staged a protest over school lunch changes
Pupils staged a protest over school lunch changes

Police were called to a school after up to 300 pupils staged a protest against changes to lunch arrangements.

Two students who were already excluded from Dover Christ Church Academy in Dover, Kent, were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and public order offences, a spokeswoman for Kent Police said.

A man who was outside the academy was also taken into custody on suspicion of a public order offence, she said.

Officers were called to the school, which teaches youngsters between the ages of 11 and 19, shortly before 11.30am after pupils began walking out of lessons and began protesting.

No one was injured during the incident, but the school gate and three or four cars belonging to staff were all damaged.

The police spokeswoman said: "Kent Police in Dover were called to the Dover Christ Church Academy shortly before 11.30 today after between 2-300 pupils mounted a protest following changes to lunch arrangements.

"The year 11 students are supporting the head teacher, and a meeting is planned between student representatives and the head teacher.

"The situation is now dispersing and pupils are returning to their classrooms, or awaiting collection by parents."

The academy, which only opened last month, is sponsored by Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent County Council, Dover Grammar School for Girls and Dover Grammar School for Boys.

A spokeswoman for the school said the pupils were currently in a meeting with the head teacher, Richard Williams.

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