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Waterford school apologises after students set uniform on fire in public park after graduation

De La Salle College says it’s co-operating with gardaí after the incident.

Image: People's Park via Google Maps

A WATERFORD SCHOOL has apologised after around 200 6th year students gathered in a public park after a graduation ceremony and set a uniform alight.

Broken bottles and empty cans were also found in People’s Park in Waterford city following the incident on Wednesday evening.

A student at the school told TheJournal.ie that books were not burned and that ‘one jumper was burned by two students’.

The student added, “The same thing happens every year not that it’s okay but it’s a tradition.”

De La Salle College has released a statement condemning the behaviour and apologising to the public:

“We in De La Salle College apologise unreservedly to the people of Waterford for the
behaviour of some of our students last night.

Their behaviour in the Peoples Park brought nothing but shame on themselves and on the College.

“What happened was inexcusable and completely unacceptable. lt was not a harmless prank or some rite of passage at the end of 6th Year.

“It is very sad that this incident occurred after what was a very successful and uplifting
graduation ceremony. This behaviour runs counter to the ethos and spirit of De La Salle
College which emphasises respect and responsible behaviour at alltimes.

We are exploring the options available to us including the very real possibility of disciplinary action against the students who participated in the melee in the park. We will co-operate fully with An Garda Siochana in this matter.

“We will also contact Waterford City Council to see how we might facilitate the clean-up of the park.”

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