Arrest that parent;Jotter;Opinion;News amp; Opinion

19th November 1999 at 00:00
It's a hard life closing schools,

as North Lanarkshire high heidyin Murdo Maciver can testify (see ScotlandPlus).

Maciver had to run the gauntlet of parental fury at Glenhead primary in Cumbernauld recently. The poor chap had only turned up to address the staff and had to endure demonstrators banging on doors and windows.

Maciver's gentle request to Strathclyde's finest that they should intervene to enforce the law and get the parents to withdraw to the school gates was met with a commendable defence of civil liberties.

"They have the right to demonstrate," he was told.

When the constabulary were further pressed to beseech the besiegers to refrain from damaging school property, again no action was taken.

This liberal interpretation of the laws of trespass and public order prompted the normally placid education officer to report the matter to the police divisional commander.

It would surely add much needed stability if as alleged, the local foot-soldiers were to be reinforced by the veteran troops of Tommy Sheridan's "Save Our Schools" (Glasgow brigade).

We always said education officers should get out and about more. They'll meet a decent class of person.

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