Teacher Assaulted in Dover School Protest

Heart's been told a teacher was assaulted during a protest at a school in Dover yesterday

A 43 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and two pupils aged 15 and 16 who were already excluded from the school have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and public order offences.

Police were called to a school yesterday after up to 300 pupils staged a protest against changes to lunch arrangements.

Officers were called to the school, which teaches youngsters between the ages of 11 and 19, shortly before 11.30am after pupils began walking out of lessons and began protesting.

No one was injured during the incident, but the school gate and three or four cars belonging to staff were all damaged.

The police spokeswoman said: ``Kent Police in Dover were called to the Dover Christ Church Academy shortly before 11.30 after between 2-300 pupils mounted a protest following changes to lunch arrangements."

The academy, which only opened last month, is sponsored by Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent County Council, Dover Grammar School for Girls and Dover Grammar School for Boys.