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British army has no place recruiting in schools - McElduff

15 November, 2016 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA and education spokesperson Barry McElduff has said the British army has no place recruiting in our schools.

Speaking following the promotion of the RAF cadets by a local Chief Inspector of the PSNI in Loreto Grammar School, Omagh, Mr McElduff said the PSNI must answer why it is promoting the British armed forces in school visits. 

“I have been inundated by phone calls from parents and past pupils who are concerned and angry following a tweet by Loreto Grammar thanking the PSNI chief inspector for informing year 14 pupils of ‘opportunities with the RAF cadets’.

"Our schools should be places of learning where young people and others can expand their horizons and opportunities. 

"They should not be used to recruit young people for imperialist conflicts and to be trained in warfare.

“What is even more concerning is that it was a senior member of the local PSNI team who raised the RAF cadets with pupils.

“If the PSNI wish to inform pupils of personal safety and issues concerning crime prevention I could support the visit. 

“However there is no place for the promotion of organisations such as the RAF cadets who teach children how to use lethal weapons.

"In Tyrone, and across the north, we know all too well the brutality of the British armed forces and the pain and misery their actions have caused to so many families. 

“I will be raising this matter with the PSNI and asking them to explain their actions.” 

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