Friday 10 July 2020

Police in Tilburg to investigate heavy-handed school pupil arrests


Police in Tilburg are to investigate the arrest of three teenagers at a school in the city where they had been called to break up a crowd of youngsters who had apparently gathered to fight.

Films taken by fellow pupils show one boy being tripped and thrown to the ground by a police officer. In total, three boys, aged 14,15 and 16 were arrested. Police said at the time they had ignored an order to leave the area.

A group of some 100 youngsters had gathered at the trade school after messages were placed on social media calling on them to come for a mass fight. Several schools are located on the city’s Stappegoorweg.

Police had been called to the school at around 1pm. Police spokeswoman Pierre-Ine Mattheussens told local broadcaster Omroep Brabant: ‘I can imagine it looks a little heavy handed but I understand from colleagues that the atmosphere was very tense and feelings were running high,’ she said. ‘We were there to restore order.’

The school has not yet reacted but broadcaster NOS said people living nearby have complained repeatedly about pupils at the school causing a nuisance.

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