Parents at Sheffield secondary school demand action over community tensions after pupil is attacked

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Parents are to meet staff at a troubled Sheffield school tomorrow to demand action over community tensions that have spilled into violence.

Over 1,300 people have signed a petition calling for ‘intimidation, violence and gang-like culture’ to be tackled at Shiregreen’s Hinde House School.

School assault victim Rhys Larkings and his mum Lorraine

School assault victim Rhys Larkings and his mum Lorraine

Concerns emerged after a 14-year-old pupil Rhys Larkings was set upon by three students from the Slovakian community, suffering a broken nose and lacerations.

The boy needed stitches at the Children’s Hospital and the incident led to a wider disturbance.

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The petition calls for the trio involved to be excluded and claims that there has been a series of other incidents at the secondary.

Headteacher Chris French said: “Tensions between a small number of children in year 10 have been apparent at school for a couple of weeks but staff have been working with students, staff and the wider community to resolve these.

“We’ve held a series of special assemblies with all students, we’ve spoken directly to a number of parents and carers and will be holding a further meeting next week to discuss ongoing issues with them further.”

School governors are to meet tonight to discuss the permanent exclusion of the three pupils alleged to have carried out the attack.

And tomorrow morning parents will meet Mr French to hold talks about the issue.