Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Bomb left at school in North

I was disgusted to read about the bomb left at Harryville Primary School in Ballymena.

The find angered headmistress Lesley Meikle.

"How dare they endanger children's lives?" she said.

"This is the second time. It is absolutely disgusting, despicable. Who do they think they are?"

Ian Paisley, who visited the scene during the alert, called for the arrest of those responsible.

"Those who engage in such dastardly deeds and plan to murder as many as they can must be brought to justice and removed from public circulation if schoolteachers and pupils are to work in peace," the North Antrim MP said.

Sinn Fein Assembly member Philip McGuigan said the incident showed loyalist paramilitaries were intent on creating difficulties and dangers for the community in north Antrim.

"To leave these deadly devices in public is worrying, but I would have to ask what these people thought they were doing when leaving these things on the premises of a children's school," he said.

"As a society we need to challenge the sectarian attitudes that exist. There can be no excuse for the targeting of a school whether it is Catholic, Protestant or indeed any other type of school.

"It is also essential that we close down the political vacuum that is being filled by loyalist sectarian violence."

What kind of monster targets a school? These people are beneath contempt.

I agree with Mr McGuigan on loyalist violence. The focus must be placed on these loyalists who are intent on terrorising innocent civilians.


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