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Councillor 'regrets' pupils taking climate change action

Senior Conservative polititian says school students were vulnerable

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Councillor 'regrets' pupils taking climate change action

A SENIOR district councillor has congratulated pupils for attending a climate change protest in Newbury last month – but said she “regretted” that they chose to take time off school to do it.

Jeanette Clifford, (Con, Northcroft), said pupils from St Bartholomew’s and St Gabriel’s schools jeopardised their own safety in walking out of their lessons on Friday, February 15. 

The youngsters congregated outside Newbury Town Hall as part of wider international student protest against climate change.

Despite praising the students as “bright, resilient and hard-working”, Mrs Clifford said: “I regret the young people chose to take time off school.

“I don’t think learning only happens in the classroom.

“Is it not possible that among the protesters, there was at least one who was vulnerable? One who was unsafe.

“One who was going to miss a critical lesson that, no matter how hardworking their teacher, they’ll find it impossible to catch up?”

A similar pupil protest is planned for Friday, March 15.  

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  • NoisyNortherner

    13/03/2019 - 12:12

    Translation: "I'm sorry that these children have been shafted so badly by this and previous generations that they felt the need to protest against climate change policies. If only they'd keep quiet and just accept what their elders and betters tell them.".

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  • Just An Opinion

    12/03/2019 - 13:01

    Who is this self assuming John Bull insulting them on Facebook? How does he know they don't walk to school, like my son does to St Barts?

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    • NoisyNortherner

      13/03/2019 - 12:12

      Just had a spin through other stuff he's posted. Now a few IQ points shorter than I was before. Amongst the highlights: The NHS is killing people and should be privatised to raise standards, shares misleading polls about what opinion on Brexit is, hosts discussions how the BBC is horrifically biased, and my personal favourite gets offended when somebody put up a sign saying Bollocks to Brexit. Conclusion: Grade-A pillock.

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