Nursery children sent home after burglary at school

Pupils at St John the Baptist Primary School.
Pupils at St John the Baptist Primary School.

Children at the Irish medium unit of St John the Baptist Primary School were left disappointed when they missed out on Santa and a Christmas party after a burglary.

The nursery, P1 and P2 pupils arrived at school last Thursday morning in their Santa outfits for the Christmas treat only to find their mobile classroom out of bounds.

The building had been broken into the night before and had been sealed off so police could investigate.

Said one of the teachers, “We had to send the nursery children home but the P1s and P2s were able to go to the main building. They were very disappointed.”

The building, at the rear of the main school, was broken into around 1am. The culprit gained entry through the staff toilets by removing the grid from the window and forcing it open.

Said the teachers, “He came into the hallway but didn’t go into the classrooms. The front door was also damaged when he tried to open it and a few flower pots were thrown about. Thank goodness nothing was taken.”

The culprit also attempted to gain entry to the main school building via the canteen door and the window of the children’s toilets but was unsuccessful.

The incident has been condemned by Sinn Fein councillor Gemma McKenna, pictured above right. She said, “It is a disgrace that someone would target a local school in this way. Their actions have disrupted the school and the education of these children.”

Anyone with information should contact the PSNI on 101, quoting ref: 236181214 or contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.