30/08/2002

Protestant High School vandalised in north Belfast

A predominantly Protestant High School in north Belfast has been vandalised causing £10,000 worth of damage.

Around 200 windows were broken at Castle High School in Fortwilliam Park at around 6pm on Thursday evening.

Condemning the attack, a Department of Education spokesperson said: “The attack on Castle High School is wanton vandalism that serves no other purpose than to divert financial resources away from the classroom where it is most needed.

"Any attack on a school is detrimental to the education of its pupils and it is everyone’s responsibility to make it clear that attacks like this are unacceptable.”

The school's principal, Bill McGaffin, said there was no evidence to suggest what was behind the incident. However, the attack took place a short distance away from nearby Catholic grammar school, Dominican College, which was the scene for a sectarian arson attack on Tuesday

The alarm was raised when a caretaker at the school discovered the fire shortly after midnight.

Firefighters were called to the scene but there was extensive damage to a storeroom and kitchen as well as water damage to several other rooms.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that last night's attack was in retaliation. (MB)

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