Teachers Taken Hostage by Own Pupils

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“Now, we’re all familiar with school hostage dramas, but the teachers of a secondary school in Portsmouth are apparently being held hostage by their own pupils. We can cross live, now, to Christopher Andrews, who is in Portsmouth for us. Chris, do we know anything more about the events leading up to this situation?”

“Well, Kate, I’m standing as close to the school as they’ll allow me to get. And, as you can see, everything appears to be quiet, for now. I can confirm that the police are treating this as a terrorist incident, although they’re still unsure who the hostage takers are, exactly, and how many staff are being held. One teacher was released, earlier, as an act of good will. But, as you can see, Kate, we’ve had to blur the footage, because he came out wearing only his necktie.”

“Chris, do we know whether any specific demands have been made yet, by the hostage takers?”

“Apparently they were demanding publicity for a website, which has now been taken down, as I understand it. But I did have a quick look, earlier, and it appeared to contain a rather vitriolic litany of accusations against the school system, worldwide. References were also made to the late John Taylor Gatto, who was a fierce critic of the education system in America, and who authored several books on the subject.”

“So it would seem that their issue is with the school system itself, rather than any particular teachers at the school?”

“That’s right. In fact, if we can zoom in a bit, a number of banners have just been unfurled, which may help to clarify the situation.”

“Indeed, Chris. One of them reads: ‘Compulsory schooling is a tyranny and a crime against the human mind and spirit. Let all those escape it who can, any way they can.’ And that’s a quote by John Holt, apparently.”

“Well, that pretty much confirms it, then. Certainly, there’s been no suggestion that…”

“Chris, Chris, I’m sorry to interrupt you. We’re just hearing on the wires that the hostage takers are now claiming to have a bomb, which they’re threatening to detonate. Presumably you’ve not heard anything about this yet?”

“There were fears, earlier, Kate, that an explosive device may indeed have been taken into the school. And if that has now been confirmed, then it’s obviously a very serious development indeed.”

“If you’re just joining us, you’re watching live coverage of an unfolding hostage situation in Portsmouth, which is being treated as a terrorist incident. Pupils of a secondary school are threatening to detonate a device, if their demands for publicity are not met. No one has been injured, as far as we know, and one member of staff has been released unharmed. We’ll be back with more, after this short break.”

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Submitted: December 24, 2020

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