Terrified kids witness schoolyard scrap

Connie Duffy

Reporter:

Connie Duffy

Dozens of infants witnessed a school yard scrap in Stranorlar last Thursday morning as two grown men proceeded to hammer the living daylights out of one another.

Dozens of infants witnessed a school yard scrap in Stranorlar last Thursday morning as two grown men proceeded to hammer the living daylights out of one another.

A garda spokesman confirmed they were appealling for information on a fight between two men in the grounds of St Mary’s National School, Stranorlar. The incident happened around 10.30am last Thursday morning. Damage was caused to a car which was parked near the rear of the school. The spokesman confirmed that windows in it were smashed.

“There were windows damaged and we’re looking into it. It is believed that there were two males involved. Local CCTV will be checked but we’re appealling for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come to us.”

He added he did not want to go into details about how the car was attacked or whether any weapons were used to do this but stressed the matter had nothing to do with the school.

“The only connection was the fact the car happened to be parked there,” he said.

School Principal Fintan Keating confirmed the gardai were dealing with the matter and it had nothing whatsoever to do with the school.

“We share a car park with the church and the parish centre but what took place had neither any connection or anything whatsoever to do with the school and nobody connected to the school was involved in any way. No child was in any danger whatsoever, “ he said.

A parent of a child who witnessed the event told Donegal on Sunday that his child was looking out the school window at the time and was terrified by what happened.

“When my child came home and told me what had happened I couldn’t believe it. It was a traumatic experience as a number of classes have large windows looking out on to the car park and many of them could see what was going on.

“I know there’s nothing the staff or school authorities can do to prevent a thing like this happening and fair play to them, they handled it well but maybe they should look at access to the lower car park at the school and restrict it use to staff only. My child talked about what had happened all evening.

“I know other parents also had to explain to their children that this was not an everyday occurrence. I hope the gardaí catch those involved and ban them from using the car park ever again.”

This article appears in the printed version of Donegal on Sunday, April 29