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More than 100 Brighton and Hove pupils given detention for going on strike

The Argus: Pupils given detention for going on strike Pupils given detention for going on strike

Yesterday saw the fallout of Thursday’s school pupil strike with detentions and complaints from parents.

More than 100 Brighton and Hove youngsters walked out of the classroom and congregated outside Churchill Square to protest against possible changes to their school day and holidays.

Many more are understood to have “jumped on the bandwagon” and spent the day roaming Brighton and Hove with their friends.

Among the schools involved were Hove Park, Varndean, Dorothy Stringer and Cardinal Newman.


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Parents from Blatchington Mill contacted The Argus yesterday to say their children had been threatened with suspension and even criminal records if they attempted to join the so-called strike.

However head teacher Janet Felkin denied the claims adding that just three pupils joined the protest.

She said: “I’m afraid that is not the case at all.

“We spoke to two year groups as we were aware of the plans. We told them that if they wanted to make this point then walking out of school was not the best way to do it.

“We told them it would be very serious if they did and that we would deal with it in the same way we usually deal with truancy.

“We have identified three pupils who didn’t come into school yesterday and they will make up the five hours they lost after school next week.”

Parents also contacted The Argus yesterday to tell of the disruption.

A mother of a year nine pupil at Hove Park School, who asked not to be named, told how she had to leave work after being told by the school her son was missing.

She said: “When I called him he said he was in a Mosque somewhere in town with his friends.

“I told him to get back to school straight away – I was worried sick.

“I managed to get access to his Facebook, it had all been planned.

“He said that 40-odd pupils ran across the school field and jumped the fence.

“While I’m sure the Churchill Square protest was quite good and there were obviously some who had something to say, I think a lot of them were just jumping on the bandwagon.”

She added: “He was in detention on Thursday evening and again tonight (Friday).”

The Argus tried to contact Hove Park for a comment but they failed to respond.

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8:54am Sat 29 Mar 14

Fight_Back says...

Maybe the teachers should be made to make up the time they took for the strike - after all, the pupils lost a days education they can't get back.
Maybe the teachers should be made to make up the time they took for the strike - after all, the pupils lost a days education they can't get back. Fight_Back
  • Score: 40

9:29am Sat 29 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

Fight_Back wrote:
Maybe the teachers should be made to make up the time they took for the strike - after all, the pupils lost a days education they can't get back.
Um, the teachers all sacrificed a day's pay. You don't really know how strikes work, do you?
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: Maybe the teachers should be made to make up the time they took for the strike - after all, the pupils lost a days education they can't get back.[/p][/quote]Um, the teachers all sacrificed a day's pay. You don't really know how strikes work, do you? Roundbill
  • Score: 4

9:43am Sat 29 Mar 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Perhaps a good life lesson would be to make the kids do the hours they will face in the workplace which will be a minimum 9 hour days. They may try harder at school when they release how bloody hard working for more than 50 years of your life will be, being bossed about by someone other than friendly teachers.
No wonder the no-nonsense migrant workers are snapped up by British employers rather than the rather sensitive British kids.
Perhaps a good life lesson would be to make the kids do the hours they will face in the workplace which will be a minimum 9 hour days. They may try harder at school when they release how bloody hard working for more than 50 years of your life will be, being bossed about by someone other than friendly teachers. No wonder the no-nonsense migrant workers are snapped up by British employers rather than the rather sensitive British kids. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: -4

11:03am Sat 29 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Freedom has to be bought and paid for. Only babies have the right to demand without having to pay the piper.

Well done to all those who made their choice and stood up to be counted. As for the bandwagon jumpers ... They still have a lot of growing up to do.
Freedom has to be bought and paid for. Only babies have the right to demand without having to pay the piper. Well done to all those who made their choice and stood up to be counted. As for the bandwagon jumpers ... They still have a lot of growing up to do. mimseycal
  • Score: 10

11:13am Sat 29 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

Detention? Shocking- they should organize some sort of protest...
Detention? Shocking- they should organize some sort of protest... Goldenwight
  • Score: 15

11:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

StevieD says...

Perhaps the teachers might get detention too. The pupils are just following the example of the teachers with an excuse to skive off on a jolly. The teachers might like to get in to the real world where many are unemployed or working on minimum wage for far more hours than teachers ever do and without the benefit of around 10 weeks holiday a year. I do however agree that pensions should remain as contracted and the retirement age if anything should be lowered to provide jobs for the young even it means extra contributions from earnings to pay for it.
Perhaps the teachers might get detention too. The pupils are just following the example of the teachers with an excuse to skive off on a jolly. The teachers might like to get in to the real world where many are unemployed or working on minimum wage for far more hours than teachers ever do and without the benefit of around 10 weeks holiday a year. I do however agree that pensions should remain as contracted and the retirement age if anything should be lowered to provide jobs for the young even it means extra contributions from earnings to pay for it. StevieD
  • Score: 11

11:27am Sat 29 Mar 14

charlie smirke says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Perhaps a good life lesson would be to make the kids do the hours they will face in the workplace which will be a minimum 9 hour days. They may try harder at school when they release how bloody hard working for more than 50 years of your life will be, being bossed about by someone other than friendly teachers.
No wonder the no-nonsense migrant workers are snapped up by British employers rather than the rather sensitive British kids.
I don't understand why our jobless are not obliged to take the jobs that immigrant workers are doing? Surely they should be given priority over the immigrant workers and do the available jobs or lose their benefits. This would surely reduce our benefits bill hugely? The government are taking a tough stance with the disabled, so why not with the jobless?
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a good life lesson would be to make the kids do the hours they will face in the workplace which will be a minimum 9 hour days. They may try harder at school when they release how bloody hard working for more than 50 years of your life will be, being bossed about by someone other than friendly teachers. No wonder the no-nonsense migrant workers are snapped up by British employers rather than the rather sensitive British kids.[/p][/quote]I don't understand why our jobless are not obliged to take the jobs that immigrant workers are doing? Surely they should be given priority over the immigrant workers and do the available jobs or lose their benefits. This would surely reduce our benefits bill hugely? The government are taking a tough stance with the disabled, so why not with the jobless? charlie smirke
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Sat 29 Mar 14

boo2005 says...

bloody kids!....they should be there to learn from their peers, in my opinion most of them are not old enough to form wise decisions about anything, they're very much at the learning stage, the problem these days, is that standards have dropped dramatically, in breeding and parenting, kids need an amount of strict governing in their lives, unfortunately it seems that the properly educated are not only becoming the minority in this country, but are the ones that hold the sorts of standards needed to progress and survive, very sadly the 'peasantry' is dominating, to rule the structure on the streets!.....some sort of 'cull' might be in order, certainly drastic measures are called for to protect a certain way of life!......thank god I'm old, because the future, if the sprogs of today are anything to go by, scares me to death anyway!
bloody kids!....they should be there to learn from their peers, in my opinion most of them are not old enough to form wise decisions about anything, they're very much at the learning stage, the problem these days, is that standards have dropped dramatically, in breeding and parenting, kids need an amount of strict governing in their lives, unfortunately it seems that the properly educated are not only becoming the minority in this country, but are the ones that hold the sorts of standards needed to progress and survive, very sadly the 'peasantry' is dominating, to rule the structure on the streets!.....some sort of 'cull' might be in order, certainly drastic measures are called for to protect a certain way of life!......thank god I'm old, because the future, if the sprogs of today are anything to go by, scares me to death anyway! boo2005
  • Score: -8

12:09pm Sat 29 Mar 14

boo2005 says...

Fight_Back wrote:
Maybe the teachers should be made to make up the time they took for the strike - after all, the pupils lost a days education they can't get back.
That is a very 'childish' and ignorant comment to make!
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: Maybe the teachers should be made to make up the time they took for the strike - after all, the pupils lost a days education they can't get back.[/p][/quote]That is a very 'childish' and ignorant comment to make! boo2005
  • Score: -18

12:19pm Sat 29 Mar 14

boo2005 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Perhaps a good life lesson would be to make the kids do the hours they will face in the workplace which will be a minimum 9 hour days. They may try harder at school when they release how bloody hard working for more than 50 years of your life will be, being bossed about by someone other than friendly teachers.
No wonder the no-nonsense migrant workers are snapped up by British employers rather than the rather sensitive British kids.
absolutely!.......lo
ok at the Chinese system and how much more advanced their students are compared to ours, it's getting embarrassing when they are getting a stricter and more invaluably controlled education!.....our standards are tumbling!
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a good life lesson would be to make the kids do the hours they will face in the workplace which will be a minimum 9 hour days. They may try harder at school when they release how bloody hard working for more than 50 years of your life will be, being bossed about by someone other than friendly teachers. No wonder the no-nonsense migrant workers are snapped up by British employers rather than the rather sensitive British kids.[/p][/quote]absolutely!.......lo ok at the Chinese system and how much more advanced their students are compared to ours, it's getting embarrassing when they are getting a stricter and more invaluably controlled education!.....our standards are tumbling! boo2005
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Sat 29 Mar 14

whatone says...

The children have now learnt a valuable lesson - about how the bullies in our society lash out when challenged!

Next time get everyone out and show those bullies in authority that they should listen to the very people that their policies affect!
The children have now learnt a valuable lesson - about how the bullies in our society lash out when challenged! Next time get everyone out and show those bullies in authority that they should listen to the very people that their policies affect! whatone
  • Score: 8

12:27pm Sat 29 Mar 14

boo2005 says...

The Real Phil wrote:
Whilst I understand that many of the regulars on the Argus forum have far right tendencies, I hope that I am not the only one to find the use of "special needs" as an insult.
I am the uncle of two 'special needs' boys and I don't find that comment at all insulting, because I can understand it, in it's context, maybe a bad choice of phrase and I'm not a person who likes 'political correctness' in general, unless it's meaningfully insulting!
[quote][p][bold]The Real Phil[/bold] wrote: Whilst I understand that many of the regulars on the Argus forum have far right tendencies, I hope that I am not the only one to find the use of "special needs" as an insult.[/p][/quote]I am the uncle of two 'special needs' boys and I don't find that comment at all insulting, because I can understand it, in it's context, maybe a bad choice of phrase and I'm not a person who likes 'political correctness' in general, unless it's meaningfully insulting! boo2005
  • Score: 10

1:15pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Gribbet says...

Again I think the majority of the comments above demonstrate why we're so far down the league of countries with the happiest children. What we see above is the old Victorian attitude of resentment towards children because they don't behave like adults in miniature. Adults being annoyed with children for having it easy in comparison to them is just plain idiotic.
Again I think the majority of the comments above demonstrate why we're so far down the league of countries with the happiest children. What we see above is the old Victorian attitude of resentment towards children because they don't behave like adults in miniature. Adults being annoyed with children for having it easy in comparison to them is just plain idiotic. Gribbet
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Sat 29 Mar 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

There will be a lot more protesting to do in their life times. Things have got that bad.

We all have a right to protest - even children. They did it peacefully and I'm glad they did do this.

Now they need to follow it up with a petition and letters/emails to the school chair of governors and their local councillors and East Sussex County Council.
There will be a lot more protesting to do in their life times. Things have got that bad. We all have a right to protest - even children. They did it peacefully and I'm glad they did do this. Now they need to follow it up with a petition and letters/emails to the school chair of governors and their local councillors and East Sussex County Council. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 10

9:08am Sun 30 Mar 14

Ohnotagain ! says...

Roundbill wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
Maybe the teachers should be made to make up the time they took for the strike - after all, the pupils lost a days education they can't get back.
Um, the teachers all sacrificed a day's pay. You don't really know how strikes work, do you?
What a ****,

The comment had nothing to do about money, it was about the children losing a days education.
And yes i think we all know how strikes work and what they achieve, absolutely nothing...
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: Maybe the teachers should be made to make up the time they took for the strike - after all, the pupils lost a days education they can't get back.[/p][/quote]Um, the teachers all sacrificed a day's pay. You don't really know how strikes work, do you?[/p][/quote]What a ****, The comment had nothing to do about money, it was about the children losing a days education. And yes i think we all know how strikes work and what they achieve, absolutely nothing... Ohnotagain !
  • Score: 3

9:12am Sun 30 Mar 14

cookie_brighton says...

Teachers can take a day off school to strike, with no action taken against them
Parents take their children out of school for a holiday.............
FINED
Pupils take a day off school to strike......similar actions as the teachers........puni
shed with............DETE
NTION
DEFINATELY a case discrimination.
Teachers can take a day off school to strike, with no action taken against them Parents take their children out of school for a holiday............. FINED Pupils take a day off school to strike......similar actions as the teachers........puni shed with............DETE NTION DEFINATELY a case discrimination. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 1

10:11am Sun 30 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
Teachers can take a day off school to strike, with no action taken against them
Parents take their children out of school for a holiday.............

FINED
Pupils take a day off school to strike......similar actions as the teachers........puni

shed with............DETE

NTION
DEFINATELY a case discrimination.
Teachers can take a day off school to strike, with no action taken against them - Wrong. They lose a days' pay.

Parents take their children out of school for a holiday............. FINED - Maybe, you can only be fined if it is an unauthorised absence.

Pupils take a day off school to strike......similar actions as the teachers........puni
shed with............DETE
NTION - Wrong. Teachers are 'punished' by losing a days' pay and pupils are 'punished' by losing free time. Effectively both groups pay the piper for playing the music of their choice in the coin most apt to the group.

All freedoms have to be paid for one way or another. No discrimination, just horses for courses.
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: Teachers can take a day off school to strike, with no action taken against them Parents take their children out of school for a holiday............. FINED Pupils take a day off school to strike......similar actions as the teachers........puni shed with............DETE NTION DEFINATELY a case discrimination.[/p][/quote]Teachers can take a day off school to strike, with no action taken against them - Wrong. They lose a days' pay. Parents take their children out of school for a holiday............. FINED - Maybe, you can only be fined if it is an unauthorised absence. Pupils take a day off school to strike......similar actions as the teachers........puni shed with............DETE NTION - Wrong. Teachers are 'punished' by losing a days' pay and pupils are 'punished' by losing free time. Effectively both groups pay the piper for playing the music of their choice in the coin most apt to the group. All freedoms have to be paid for one way or another. No discrimination, just horses for courses. mimseycal
  • Score: 0

11:09am Sun 30 Mar 14

whatone says...

boo2005 wrote:
bloody kids!....they should be there to learn from their peers, in my opinion most of them are not old enough to form wise decisions about anything, they're very much at the learning stage, the problem these days, is that standards have dropped dramatically, in breeding and parenting, kids need an amount of strict governing in their lives, unfortunately it seems that the properly educated are not only becoming the minority in this country, but are the ones that hold the sorts of standards needed to progress and survive, very sadly the 'peasantry' is dominating, to rule the structure on the streets!.....some sort of 'cull' might be in order, certainly drastic measures are called for to protect a certain way of life!......thank god I'm old, because the future, if the sprogs of today are anything to go by, scares me to death anyway!
Thank whatever imaginary friend you care to mention that you are old.

And hopefully soon to go the way of the dinosaurs with that attitude!
[quote][p][bold]boo2005[/bold] wrote: bloody kids!....they should be there to learn from their peers, in my opinion most of them are not old enough to form wise decisions about anything, they're very much at the learning stage, the problem these days, is that standards have dropped dramatically, in breeding and parenting, kids need an amount of strict governing in their lives, unfortunately it seems that the properly educated are not only becoming the minority in this country, but are the ones that hold the sorts of standards needed to progress and survive, very sadly the 'peasantry' is dominating, to rule the structure on the streets!.....some sort of 'cull' might be in order, certainly drastic measures are called for to protect a certain way of life!......thank god I'm old, because the future, if the sprogs of today are anything to go by, scares me to death anyway![/p][/quote]Thank whatever imaginary friend you care to mention that you are old. And hopefully soon to go the way of the dinosaurs with that attitude! whatone
  • Score: 1

8:30pm Sun 30 Mar 14

hubby says...

All teachers should re-train and get other jobs.
Thus leaving parents to discipline and educate their scumbag offspring themselves.
Being a teacher is wasting your life these days and the cons far,far,far outweigh the pros.
All teachers should re-train and get other jobs. Thus leaving parents to discipline and educate their scumbag offspring themselves. Being a teacher is wasting your life these days and the cons far,far,far outweigh the pros. hubby
  • Score: 0

12:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

Cupidk says...

I blame the Argus for publishing the fact that students were going to strike the day before it happened..

Talk about inciting.

Most students did jump on the band wagon without understanding why the teachers were striking in the first place and therefore found out about plans to strike via Facebook and other social media, but the Argus legitimised what would otherwise have been teenagers simply trying to get involved in something they don't quite understand (sounds like quite a lot of experiences during teenage years to me!)
I blame the Argus for publishing the fact that students were going to strike the day before it happened.. Talk about inciting. Most students did jump on the band wagon without understanding why the teachers were striking in the first place and therefore found out about plans to strike via Facebook and other social media, but the Argus legitimised what would otherwise have been teenagers simply trying to get involved in something they don't quite understand (sounds like quite a lot of experiences during teenage years to me!) Cupidk
  • Score: 0

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