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  Anti-Bush kids must not bunk off
Updated 17 November 2003, 15.26
Kids who bunk off to protest will be punished
Kids who bunk off school to protest against George W Bush's visit to the UK will be punished, teachers have warned.

They will be treated like normal truants and their punishment could include being put in detention or even getting excluded from school.

Lots of people are really annoyed that there was a war in Iraq and that US-led troops remain in the country.

They're planning to tell Mr Bush what they think, but kids are being told to protest outside of school hours.

President Bush
President Bush

A spokesman from union NAHT, which represents headteachers, said kids were being told that going to protests in school hours was "simply unacceptable".

"It will be treated as truancy and the schools' disciplinary sanctions will apply.

"Either they will be given a detention or a fixed-term exclusion."

It comes after lessons were disrupted by protesting pupils when the war kicked off earlier this year.

Mr Bush's visit starts on Tuesday.

Extra police are at ports and airports, and have been checking people arriving on Eurostar trains from France, after recent warnings of terrorist attacks.

Mr Bush will also be bringing hundreds of armed guards with him from the US.

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