Alarm for pupils as bus window broken in Calais migrant melee
A COACH carrying Skye school pupils had a window smashed when an incident broke out between migrants and police near the French port of Calais.
The 35 pupils from Portree High School were on their way back to Skye from a ski trip in Italy in the early hours of Sunday, catching a ferry to Dover.
An outer window of double glazing on the coach was broken as it passed through the disturbance according to Highland Council. No one was hurt in the clash.
In a statement, the local authority said on Monday: ‘Highland Council has confirmed that all pupils and adults who attended a ski trip in Italy have safely returned.
‘The coach in which 35 pupils and seven adults were travelling was caught up in an incident between police and migrants as they approached Calais in the early hours of Sunday morning. An outer window of double glazing on the coach was broken as it passed through the police incident. Passengers on the coach were asleep at the time.
‘The incident was reported to the police and Border Control at Calais and the coach was deemed safe to continue its journey.’
Despite a report in the national press of one child suffering an epileptic fit, other representatives from the council and the school said everyone on the bus returned home unharmed.
Bill Alexander, Highland Council’s director of care and learning said: ‘ We were alerted to the incident yesterday and parents were informed. This was an unfortunate episode to the end of what was otherwise a very successful school ski trip. All those on the trip have returned safely.’
Portree High School head teacher, Catherine MacDonald, added: ‘Everyone has returned home safe and sound from what was a fantastic ski trip with snowsports certificates under their belts.
‘ No one was injured as a result of the incident at Calais, which was efficiently dealt with by our coach operator.’
CALAIS CLASH: the pupils were from Portree High School, above.