Dalkeith High acts over ‘pranks’

Senior pupils at a Midlothian secondary school were sent home on study leave two days early, amid fears they were planning a string of destructive pranks.

Fifth and sixth-year pupils attending Dalkeith High School were last Wednesday ordered not to return for classes on Thursday or Friday, just before the end of the school day.

However, pupils attacked the move as “disrespectful”, and said many had been left upset that they did not have the chance to say goodbye to their teachers and friends.

Last year, teachers at Dalkeith High were angered after food fights and water pistol attacks by sixth-year pupils just before they went off on study leave before exams.

Head teacher Colin Gerrie said the decision to send away the pupils early had been made to avoid disruptive “end-of-year high jinks”.

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