QUOTE (Glesga Geek @ 10th Oct 2011, 09:42pm)
Riot at Grange Secondary School ?
Just read in the Sunday Post of a riot by school kids in Oct 1974 ? After the teachers went on strike over wages?
They smashed windows and damaged cars!
Does anyone remember this?
The riot at Grange secondary school lasted for three days and were a very frightning experience for some of the first year kids including myself. I remember feeling that at least one of the teachers had inspired the older pupils to take direct action and remember a comment some thing like ' they wouldn't know whats hit them if the pupils go on strike'.
During the riot the pupils went berzerk, on the afternoon of the first day kids gathered in gangs and refused to report for lessons; the teachers then came out and disperrsed the groups and all ended peacefully. On the second day the morning break was interupted as gangs of older pupils began breaking the school windows and targeting the cars of the teachers who were not very popular - we were again dispersed and sent home at lunch time.
The third day began with school assembly, this was unusual and normally only reserved for the end of term break. the head teacher addressed the school and appealled for peace - there was much unease during the morning break and although there was no trouble some of the older kids were planing a riot. As the school regrouped in the afternoon there was another refusal to report for lessons. Teachers came out to try to calm the kids but this time the riot escalated and some teachers were attacked, the school gates were chain locked by the kids, large dustbins were used to baracade the gates and these were set on fire, more windows were broken and more cars were smashed up. kids threw stones at teachers and taunted them with sticks. When the police arrived they were stoned. The fire brigade put out the flaming bins and cut the gates opened and the kids dispersed as van loads of police entered our school.
The ring leaders got expelled and we were all given severe warnings.
The riots came on the back of a hellish begining to my first year; the term had begun in august and the three primary schools who made up the secondary and who had joined the first year were at war with each other; on the first day my classmate from primary was beaten and kicked unconcious by kids from another primary; the kid who was battered came from a tough family and his elder siblings banded together to take on the kids who had beaten him - this exploded into a school and family feud and was a major contributing factor to the riot that followed a few weeks later.
The saddest thing that came out of this event was that the kid who was beaten unconcious when he was only twelve died suddenly when he was seventeen, he died of a brain hemmorage and i\ have never had any doubt that it was related to the reception he recieved during his first day at Grange.
For all its faults, and there were many, we did benifit from some dedicated teachers who tried really hard for us; most of the pupils were decent kids and the troubles were a reflection of the high unemployment and social derivation that were part of growing up in castlemilk in the 70's