In a bit of a coincidence, James Maskell writes:
“Just got back from Margate Train station and have seen groups of Hartsdown pupils (looked like juniors) knocking down parts of the wall between the Promenade and the station and throwing stones at the caravan neighbouring the Promenade. I’m shocked because I recognise one of the pupils. When I spoke to the first group about why they were kicking parts of the wall out (the slabs on top of the wall where people can sit), their reply was "So?" and carried on walking towards the station.”
“When I spoke to the group who were throwing stones at the caravan their response was "Its only Gypsies innit?". They claimed they didn’t do it, despite the fact that I saw them throwing the stones. A window was broken and they didn’t care.”
“Both of these incidents occurred within minutes of each other. I’m shocked to see that a school that was seen as one of the best improving schools in the country turns out pupils like this.”
Ed: Funnily enough, I’m not because as James was at Margate station, I happened to be on my lunchtime run to the gym at Hartsdown and was far from impressed by the general appearance and unruly behaviour of the Hartsdown pupils, who I assumed have just broken-up for Xmas. At one point this year I watched a group of them trying to demolish the glass in the Nayland Rock bus shelter over the school lunchtime. Sadly though, this kind of thing is not unusual from some schools in Thanet, which you might name as easily as me but please tell me I’m wrong.” I even taught P.E. at Hartsdown a very long time ago and standards of behaviour may have slipped a bit since then!