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Attacks on schools are attacks on our childrens future.

29 July, 2009 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast Gerry Kelly has slammed the latest attack on St Mary’s star of the sea. The school was targeted in a second asron attack within two weeks.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

“This attack on St Mary’s Star of the Sea is the second arson attack within two weeks. In the first instance there was sectarian graffiti painted on the school as well as damage at several parts of the school from fire so we cannot rule out the same motive for this attack.

“Again last night we were lucky that the school was not destroyed. We can see the impact of arson attacks on schools with the razing to the ground of Whitehouse Primary School last week and we are extremely fortunate that this was not the case last night.

“Schools should in no way be targeted. They are attacks on all of our children and on their futures. Schools are not just centres of learning for our children but they also provide, on an ever increasing basis, services and facilities for the wider community.

“I am adding my voice to the chorus of voices across society for an end to these attacks. There is no justification for these actions whatsoever and anyone with any information on any of these attacks should bring it forward to the PSNI.

“In the meantime we need to start exploring initiatives to protect our schools from attacks whether they be sectarian in nature or acts of vandalism and protect our children’s right to education.”

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