Troubled school and church in firing line (again)

Ensuring the next generation grows up in an increasingly tolerant society must be a priority for every political leader- and here’s why. Three children (aged 8-10) have been arrested after St. Mary’s on the Hill Church and school in Glengormley were vandalised and had graffiti sprayed on them. This is the sixth time this year the school has been attacked and the second time in the past week.

  • Pete Baker

    What a lovely blue sky.. and completely natural too ;o)

    How about resizing that image so that it stops distorting the page layout?

  • Pete Baker

    Bah!

  • Fanny

    The BBC is oddly reluctant to tell us which part of the community the children belong to. Are they Protestant, Presbyterian, Muslim or what?

    It might help to know who should be ashamed of raising them so badly.

  • Peter Fallow

    Err, their parents?
    But for Christ’s sake, BBC – specifically call them Prods so Fanny can feel slightly better about herself for a couple of seconds.
    They made it completely clear it was a sectarian attack on a Catholic church. Jesus wept.

  • Fanny

    Why should it make me feel better about myself, Peter?

    When the beeb reports say on a mosque somewhere being attacked we learn that the attackers were Shias, Hindus or whatever.

  • johnkingii

    Makes a pleasent change from all those good R.C children up in Poleglass wrecking Good Shepard.

  • Fanny

    Who says they’re R.C. children?

  • johnkingii

    Sorry I forgot Poleglass is one of those nice mixed working class communities West Belfast has an abundance of.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Fanny, precisely why do we need to know the religious background of the attackers ? Do you find it helpful to have your sectarian prejudices reaffirmed ?

    I think it would be more useful if the media explicitly avoided stating who carried out attacks, so that we can ensure that instead of blaming the other community as a unit, we can just blame the wee bastards doing it.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Sorry I forgot Poleglass is one of those nice mixed working class communities West Belfast has an abundance of.

    Never mind being off-topic, are you suggesting east, south or north Belfast has a plethora of mixed working-class estates???

  • Fanny

    “Fanny, precisely why do we need to know the religious background of the attackers ? Do you find it helpful to have your sectarian prejudices reaffirmed ?”

    Mr Stalin, I’m a newbie here but I thought ad hominem attacks were a no-no.

    I’m commenting on the NI media. Evidently one or more of them could give us the skinny on the identities/background of the Good “Shepard” attackers – otherwise how would johnkingii know – but were a bit slouchy when reporting on Glengormley.

    Happy now? No, I thought not.

  • PaddyReilly

    The point is this. There is a tremendous amount of arson and vandalism of school property: not just in Ireland, but throughout Britain: and the culprits in the main are children from the very school which has been vandalised.

    In this case we need to know, is this incident provoked by sectarian hatred, or does it fall into the ordinary pattern, and is being falsely passed off as an incident of sectarian hatred?

  • Fanny

    Precisely, Paddy!