Cops called to school as furious parents and pupils protest 'prison' conditions | The Sun

FURIOUS parents and pupils gathered at a school to protest "prison" conditions with cops called to handle the situation.

Youngsters organised the action against what they see as draconian rules at Camborne Science and International Academy (CSIA), Cornwall.

Today, parents turned up outside the school and pupils also left the building as the protested against the school some have likened to a "prison".

Devon and Cornwall Police officers remain at the scene after being made aware of a protest at Camborne Science and International Academy involving pupils taking place on school grounds.

Parents have previously blasted "harsh" rules at the secondary with dozens sharing examples of their children being punished for everything from being a couple of minutes late to yawning.

Local officers attended to speak with the school to give advice on ensuring that the protest remained safe.

Mums, dads and pupils have been kicking off over Camborne Science and International Academy's seemingly new and tighter regime.

This involves time in 'Reflection', where kids are being pulled out of class and put in detention.

Parents claim that students are ordered to constantly write lines out of a workbook and are not allowed to stop.

Pupils have been given hours or even days in "reflection".

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And parents of the secondary school children say the punishments are wholly unfair and are deterring them from their education.

Many children have been left anxious according to the parents as the school comes under fire over its "military-style" approach to wrongdoings.

Among the reasons cited for children getting daily detentions are being a few minutes late to class, wearing trousers they have worn for years because they are no longer deemed appropriate, asking to go to the toilet, not having a clear pencil case and for taking off a blazer during a heatwave.

Others claim their children were suspended for the vague reason of not paying enough attention or for simply resting their hands on a desk.

One even said their child was punished for yawning.

Parents are also concerned about its plans to join a multi-academy trust, Athena Learning Trust, which is known for it's strict regimes.

CSIA and its PR company have been contacted for comment as well as Devon and Cornwall Police.

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