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Parents in school rooftop protest

School closure protestors
Demonstrations have been held against the proposed school closures

Pupils at a Glasgow primary school had to be sent home after four parents staged a rooftop demonstration over council proposals to shut it down.

Glasgow City Council said Our Lady of the Assumption Primary in Maryhill was likely to remain closed on Tuesday due to safety fears.

The children will instead be taught at nearby St Cuthbert's Primary.

Parents also occupied Victoria Primary in the city's south side, with some chaining themselves to railings.

They pledged to leave the building by 2000 BST on Monday so the school would be able to reopen on Tuesday.

The protests come after parents at two other schools threatened with closure staged a sit-in over Easter.

The sit-ins at Wyndford Primary and St Gregory's Primary, also in Maryhill, began on Friday 3 April and ended on Saturday 18 April.

Glasgow City Council plans to close or merge 13 primary schools and 12 nurseries across the city.

Safety fears

Four people took to the roof of Our Lady of the Assumption Primary school during the early hours of Monday morning.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: "The school was closed for health and safety reasons and unfortunately we had to send children home.

"In the interests of safety, pupils will instead be educated at St Cuthbert's Primary.

"The council is currently making efforts to contact all parents and carers of pupils at Our Lady of the Assumption Primary to allow them to make domestic and work arrangements."

The council is advising parents to take their children to the church next to the school at the normal time; from where they will travel with school staff to St Cuthbert's. Children will be returned to the church for collection by the end of the school day.

The spokesman said the situation would be reviewed on a daily basis.



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