As reported today by the University of the Minho’s radio station, a protest by a group of seventh grade students of the Escola Secundária de Alberto Sampaio (Alberto Sampaio High School) quickly spiraled out of control when the PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública, equivalent to the local police) used pepper spray to diffuse the situation.
Apparently upset by the recent decision to merge several schools creating a student body of 3500 pupils, some twelve year olds thought it proper to protest by arriving at school early, chaining and locking the entrance with a pad lock and eventually forming a human wall. When the firefighters arrived to cut the lock so that school could begin, the students wouldn’t allow them to pass. The police were called on to clear the area and as they proceeded, the protesters began surrounding the policemen and even went so far as to grab them in order to impede their progress.
Reportedly, not wanting to use more force than necessary on the young people, rather than employ their “billy clubs”, law enforcement chose to spray pepper into the air. They were then able to open the gate of the school, where, “the situation returned to normal.” the RUM website reported. Yet, once the school was opened, classes did not begin, but the protest continued inside the school yard.
Reports of minor injuries, including swollen eyes and burning mouths resulted from the incident with one student being transported to the hospital for treatment.
Now, for my commentary on the situation…
- This should be a lesson learned by all the young people in this country. They protested like adults and the adults did their best to restore the proper order. “If you mess with the bull, you get the horns every time.”
- Twelve year olds have no business protesting this kind of decision. They need to learn how to submit to authority.
- With the leftists and socialists in Portugal constantly talking about strikes and protests, I fear this kind of thing will only increase in frequency and severity.
- Even so come, Lord Jesus.