Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 20/01/2014. Tags: Parenting
The Irish Times and the Independent have reported in recent days on a south Dublin boys’ secondary school experiencing serious difficulties due to a drugs feud that has led to Gardai being called to the yard to protect students.
The Independent reports that the feud involves several families and is alleged to be about a drugs turf war, with different groups claiming territory. It is reported that some families fear their children may be caught up in the crossfire and parents are removing their children from the school to ensure they don’t get drawn into the feud.
Speaking at meeting of former TDs and senators recently, Dublin City Council assistant manager Brendan Kenny said that gardai are “often called to protect kids in the playground” of the school. Addressing the Irish Association of Former Parliamentarians in the Seanad chamber, Mr Kenny said cutbacks and service reductions could reverse any work that has been done in dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour in disadvantaged areas. He highlighted that the city council has 1,361 fewer staff than it had in December 2008.