Children 'riot' in schools across the country to protest toilet rules

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‘Riots’ have been reported in schools across the country today, as protests staged by pupils over toilet usage appear to have gotten out of hand.

Police have been called in to a number of schools after students revolted over upcoming changes regarding the use of toilets during lessons.

Riot police were called into Richmond School in North Yorkshire after students started letting off fire extinguishers and kicking down doors.

Local reports suggest a tree was set on fire, teachers were pushed over and windows were smashed during the furore.

It is understood the protest was planned by students after the school announced plans to lock the toilets during lesson time and for a period over break time.

A petition was initially proposed, before students instead decided to refuse to go to lessons and staged a protest in the lunch hall.

There are reports that around 20 students have been since been permanently excluded due to the disturbance.

Jenna Potter, headteacher at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, said in a statement to Richmondshire Today: ‘A small group of students has protested against the use of toilets during lesson time.

‘The overwhelming majority of students were equally shocked at the behaviour of a small minority. Students have already been consulted and will continue to contribute to a solution.’

Meanwhile in Cornwall, riots at the Penrice Academy in St Austell saw tables being flipped over and a girl injured after a protest kicked off which had reportedly been organised on Facebook the night before.

A message shared on Facebook on Thursday read: ‘Dear all Penrice students. We are protesting tomorrow about toilet rights.

‘Please join if you can this will run through period 1, 2, 3, 4 and will take place outside reception and year 7 yard. We will all spread out through the school and please make posters and signs.

‘Like I said please join if you can. Repost this on your story and spread the message.’

Local police were reportedly made aware of the incident but did not attend the scene.

An email sent by Penrice Academy staff to parents seen by read: ‘Due to a social media post yesterday evening, some of our students took the decision to protest.

‘Our students have the right to express their opinions in a calm and safe manner, however a small number of students’ behaviour was unaacceptable.

‘A number of parents have already been contacted to collect their children.

‘For the majority of our students, lessons and lunch time will continue as normal.

‘We hope to engage with them to find a solution that works for everyone as soon as possible.’

Elsewhere in the country, The Farnley Academy in Leeds has seen students standing outside classrooms and refusing to go in.

The students were supported in their protest by a number of ‘disgusted’ parents, who said the move was a violation of the children’s human rights.

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