– GLASGOW SAVE OUR SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN CALL SUPPORT RALLY FOR HEROIC FIGHTERS AT 12 NOON TODAY (SATURDAY 18th)
The parents, carers and education workers who have staged a peaceful occupation of Wyndford and St Gregory’s primary schools since the start of the Easter school holidays have decided to exit the buildings today at mid-day, united, proud and determined to continue the battle by other means.
The city-wide Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign is calling a rally at the gates of the schools to greet them as heroes as they come out, at 12noon.
“The city council threatened that unless the sit-ins ended by Friday at 3pm they would punish the children of the entire Wyndford area on Monday morning, telling parents they could not even enter the playground, would have their kids snatched off them in the car park, stuck on buses, and dragged off to the schools the Council want to dump them in after their planned closure of Wyndford and St Gregory’s.
“This action is an abuse of the law, the actions of playground bullies, and an attempt to intimidate and above all divide the local community.
“They failed, as all cowards deserve to fail. The parents and carers in the sit-ins are responsible people. They refused to allow the Council to dictate to them, but also refused to allow the council to use their children as hostages in a dirty attempt to divide and defeat local people who want to save the schools.
“We came to be heard, but Steven Purcell and the council have not listened to any of our concerns.We’d like to thank the people of Maryhill, Glasgow, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Italy, Slovakia, and Ireland. They have listened and heard us, and their support has been immense.
“This past week we have been badgered and bullied by the Glasgow City Council, relentlessly and unnecessarily. According to some members of the council it is a luxury to have schools in your communities. Well we see it as a necessity.”
Click picture for Guardian article about the start of the protest.