Same story, different ideas The School 'Riot' Sometimes you can find one event reported in all

the daily papers, and then it is interesting to compare reports. On the next few pages you will find six reports of something that happened in a school in Bideford in Devon. You can decide for yourself whether any of the reports sound exaggerated!

Pupils riot at strike school
CHILDREN ran riot at a mixed comprehensive school yesterday when their pay-protest teachers refused to supervise the dinner break.
The youngsters threw eggs at remaining staff, smashed windows and milk bottles and then marched out into the surrounding streets. Worried residents alerted the police, who sent seven patrol cars to the school at Bideford, North Devon. Police said: "Considerable damage was done to the school. "It was a case of pure lack of supervision. The headmaster and two staff were trying to look after nearly 2000 children."

According to the police and education authorities, between 60 and 80 boys and girls took part in the disturbance. But some pupils and people living nearby put the figure at up to 300. One youngster said: "We got bored because the classrooms were locked and there were no activities." The trouble was brought under control in 35 minutes and normal afternoon classes resumed. Education chiefs ordered an inquiry. Headmaster John Dare said that only 12 children caused damage and they would be dealt with "very severely."

(Daily Express)

School Mob Runs Riot
HUNDREDS of children rampaged through a school yesterday as their teachers joined in a lunchtime strike over a pay claim. At another school six boys were suspended after a mob of children smashed windows and threatened the headmaster. Trouble flared across the country as teachers working for thirty education authorities refused to supervise children at lunchtime. The worst violence was at Bideford School in Devon where a gang estimated at up to 300 strong stormed through the school smashing windows. It took eight policemen to help headmaster John Dare restore order after he had tried in vain to supervise 18,00 pupils single-handed. Last night Mr. Dare said there were about a dozen ringleaders. Those who could be identified would be " dealt with severely."

(Daily Mirror)

Police curb pupils' lunchtime riot
POLICE were called to control rampaging pupils yesterday, as teachers lunchtime sanctions began to bite. Doors and windows were smashed at Bideford Comprehensive, North Devon, by stonethrowing troublemakers within a mob of about 50 unruly youngsters, some said to have hammers and knives. Others looked on.

(Daily Mail)

Bored pupils riot as staff walk out
A MOB of 300 youngsters ran riot through their school yesterday - because they were bored. It happened when teachers at the 100-staff comprehensive refused to do dinner duties and walked out in a union dispute. Only the headmaster and two teachers were on duty, and they wre powerless to act. People living nearby watched, terrified, as gangs of 15 and 16 year olds rampaged through the 1000-pupil school at Bideford, Devon, chanting "We want a riot" as they smashed windows. Police who rushed to the giant complex in seven cars calmed the frantic pupils.

As the afternoon lessons ended the youngsters said they were protesting about being confined to one playground. "We were bored and had nothing to do," they said. "We will continue our action until the teachers dispute is over. "We brought screwdrivers and hammers to school and stole knives from the canteen."

(The Star)

CHILDREN ran riot through a town yesterday after being locked out of their school by workto-rule teachers. About 300 pupils roamed the streets smashing windows and terrifying families. Police were called to quell the lunchtime rumpus - the second day running there had benn trouble at the 1780-pupil Bideford Comprehensive School in Devon. Headmaster John Dare said later his staff were working to rule in support of the pay claim by the National Union of Teachers. Teachers have banned voluntary supervision and there were only three on duty to control pupils during breaks.

By COLIN RANDALL POLICE were called to a comprehensive school in Devon yesterday to quell a disturbance involving at least 60 pupils. Officers went to the 1700-pupil mixed school in Bideford after nearby residents reported a "developing riot." The trouble, described by Devon County Council as "a disturbance rather than a riot," occurred at lunchtime when only Mr John Dare, the headmaster, and two members of staff were available to supervise pupils because of the teachers' pay dispute. Several windows were smashed by children throwing bottles and stones. Police restored order after about 35 minutes and normal lessons were held in the afternoon.

Mr Dare - who said he was "saddened" by the incident - will be making a full report to the Devon Education Authority. A spokesman for the authority said: "We have yet to establish the extent of the damage caused."

Report called for
Mr Dare estimated last night that only 50 pupils were directly involved. He thought that no more than a dozen children were responsible for causing damage. Mr Joslyn Owen, Devon's Director of Education, has called for a full report on the disturbance. Bideford school is divided into two complexes. Yesterday's disturbance seems to have stemmed from anger and boredom from children excluded from one part of the building.

(The Sun)

(Daily Telegraph)

Answer the questions below in your English book a. Which two newspapers tell us how long the trouble lasted? Do they agree? b. Which three newspapers tell us what weapons the pupils used? Make a list of those weapons? c. Four newspapers say that only windows were broken. What else was broken according to the other two? d. What reasons might there be for these differences between the reports? e. Two newspapers refer to the pupils as a "mob" and a "gang". What idea does mob give? What idea does gang give? Why didn't the newspaper use the word group instead? f. One newspaper says the pupils "stormed" through the school. Why didn't it say that they ran ? g. One newspaper says that people living nearby watched "terrified". What would these people have done if they were really terrified? h. Which report do you find the most dramatic or sensational? Explain your choice.