Overcrowding at Aberdeen Grammar is the root cause. The city wants to alleviate pressures by switching some Ashley pupils to Hazlehead Academy. Not popular this when house prices are determined by secondary schools in the local patch. Some complain they will have to move house.
Butt of the anti-council campaign is Jon Mager, assistant director of education. One furious P5 pupil fired ff a letter: "You are very horrible because I was told if I went to Ashley Road School I would get to Aberdeen Grammer School . . . I am not going to Hazlehead I am going to the Grammer or I will not go to an academy if you do not let me go the grammer. please please please please please please PLEASE!"
Another nine-year-old wrote: "I've really been looking forward to going to the grammer with my friends but I can't now . . . How do you think you'd feel if you are separated from all your friends and best friends?"
Directors with friends. Whatever next?