Felixstowe: Adults damage their old school Orwell High during a last look round at special open evening

Orwell HIgh School - scene of disturbances during an open evening Orwell HIgh School - scene of disturbances during an open evening

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
12:19 PM

Clearing up was taking place at a Suffolk academy today after former students having a last look round their old school decided to cause mayhem.

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"The so called adults were walking around the corridors drinking special brew......ON A MONDAY with the excuse of it is St Patrick’s Day even though they were 100% English!! When questioned about this I heard one reply with ‘but my Nan’s next door neighbours Irish’."

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Hundreds of adults aged from 20 to 80 turned up for the open evening at the old Orwell High School in Felixstowe – staged because the building, currently one of the campuses of Felixstowe Academy, is set to be closed and demolished when a new £20million academy opens next month.

But while the vast majority enjoyed looking around their old alma mater, seeing the memorabilia, and being reunited with long-lost friends from their school days, a small minority of the grown ups decided to turn back the years – deciding school was out forever.

The group – in their 40s and 50s – deliberately and repeatedly set off fire alarms, scrawled graffiti on walls and desks . . . and were caught smoking in the toilets.

Lewd pictures were drawn on walls, and it is understood some of the current students’ work was damaged.

Police and fire crews were called to the campus in Maidstone Road, and the building had to be evacuated.

It meant the evening had to be cut short, too, as no-one could be allowed back inside because emergency fire systems had to be disabled while firefighters checked out the classrooms, corridors and workshops.

A smiliar event planned for the old Deben High School in Garrison Lane tonight has been cancelled.

A police spokeswoman said officers were initially called to the school at around 7pm last night to deal with parking problems and then helped with the evacuation of the building after alarms were deliberately activated.

Officers are currently investigating incidents of criminal damage.

29 comments

  • Considering the photo's of some of the culprits all over social networking sites - I would like to see the police start throwing some fines out for smoking in a public building.

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    ooosh

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I think you all need to get a life! If you think this is big news! A few pics on a wall? The odd cig? Bigger things going on in this world!!!!! Very sad you felixstowe folk!!!

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    hammer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Im Disgusted at these so called adults, my daughter was one of the prefects on last night needless to say she was shaken up , i notice they have missed the fact a teacher was also assaulted . i will be mailing the school with me thoughts on the way this was handled .!!!

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    Scott Stygall

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Not much hope for the offspring of these morons, and on it goes through the generations...

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    Robotix

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I don't know... the youth of today...

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    Liam Dodd

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • There are no excuses whatsoever , unfortunately those that did the damage were most probably morons when they were younger and nothing has changed ...

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    richard

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I was there last night and the whole event was turned into a shambles. All the surrounding streets were packed with parked cars, the traffic congestion was ridiculous. Why couldn't this have been organised for a weekend? I hope those responsible for setting off the fire alarms and the causing the vandalism are now ashamed of themselves, but somehow I doubt it. Crabstick, I presume you think you are being clever? Your posts "i", "dissapointed", "should of" suggest that you weren't at school for many English lessons. Why "is it going to happen"? It doesn't take much to learn how to behave. My daughter is also a prefect and gave up her time to help out last night. What a terrible example those responsible have set to our youngsters.

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    Orwellian

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Things are kicking off down the Hamlet....!

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    Paul Wauly

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I think this behaviour is appalling and there is absolutely no excuse for it, and personally think Crabstick that your "attempt" at humour is inappropriately placed. The idea behind it was good willed to allow ex-students to return to a place where friendships were once formed and memories once made, I can understand the childish pranks, smoking in the toilets and even to an extend the graffiti within the toilets. The fact that so many turned up, showed the positive view many feel about their school days. However to behave in such a manner in front of impressionable youngsters who were there to help show what is now their school to the ex-students and in the place where they too are supposed to feel safe, create memories and form new friendships I hope it leaves those individuals feeling thoroughly ashamed of themselves. It is disgusting to think that our children’s school memories are now marred and tainted by some pathetic excuses who call themselves adults. I hope those who were there helping as prefects are able to put this behind them and enjoy the rest of the their school life. Goodness knows growing up is hard enough without "adults" making it harder.

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    one for the future

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I was looking forward to last night's event at Garrison Lane - where this sort of outrage would not have happened. Does that sound snobbish? Yes - and I don't care. The Maidstone Road crew should be ashamed of themselves and I hope prosecutions follow.

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    Sussexwood

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • name and shame the idiots

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    David Bond

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Failures then, Failures now! Justification, if any was needed for the culling of pondlife at birth.

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    Disbeliever

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I'm embarrassed to admit knowing some of the idiots who did this. Utterly disgusting, they should have grown up by now. A night full of memories spoiled by a few brainless morons, some of which have even posted their antics on facebook. Spitting in childrens faces and punching teachers for revenge !!!! Absolutely moronic.

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    Stevie

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I cant believe how dumb some of you are turning this into some sort of joke. The Academy obviously thought they were doing something nice for the ex pupils of Deben and Orwell High Schools. Maybe the organisation wasn't the best but allot of time and effort must have gone into arranging it. Obviously the Academy underestimated the attendance of the type of scum bag idiotic adults that had been produced by the previous schools, yet again the minority have spoilt something once again. Lets hope the new Academy produces much more socially acceptable adults than what has obviously been produced in the past!

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    yctaodnt

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • pretty standard for that place

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    miss piggy

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • @ crabstick , no im not naive , just think there's a lot of air thieves about and tbh the kids that volunteered to help out should not have had to be subjected to prats like this , yes i agree it should have been set up on a booked tour type thing . well its done now , i have one disappointed daughter as she was due to have a final look around Deben tonight but these prats put pay to that !! Good old respect !yer right !!!!!!

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    Scott Stygall

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • 'Hammer' you were probably one of those involved weren't you? To attempt to compare this story with - let's say - the disappearance of the Malaysian aircraft or the conflict in Ukraine is totally irrelevant. I have worked for the Evening Star as a journalist and now work in education, and this is one of the most disgusting local news stories I have ever heard of. I know people who were at the event - both teachers and former pupils - and they were equally appalled and upset with the behaviour of this gang of sub-standard people. Spitting in the face of a six-former, vandalising property, defacing pupils' work - vile behaviour but sadly revealing of the 'feral underclass' (that's a quote) that is the scourge of our society. Please note, I post under my real name, and I applaud others who do likewise, rather than cowardly post contentious or provocative comments behind an alias. Home you can read this 'Hammer' and pals.

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    Richard Rackham

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • I enjoyed the walk around my old stomping ground... That was until I was walking along the corridor when a teacher had left their bag on the floor i tripped and placed my hand on the fire alarm i then became distressed at the loud noise. Therefore i went in to the toilet for a quick cigarette to calm my nerves..

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    Crabstick

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • To say I am annoyed, dismayed and absolutely gutted would be an understatement. These people are supposed to be adults and the behaviour they showed was irresponsible and downright childish..in fact, I think my own children are more grown up than these people. Thanks to their antics, those of us of went to Deben, are now unable to enjoy what they did before it all got out of hand last night and I for one was looking forward to seeing people I had not seen for nearly 28 years...the building not so much so as I am in and out of there pretty much all the time anyway.

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    Sue cuthbert

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • So it was true what they used to say about the kids at this school. Such special pupils, really special.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I enjoyed the walk around my old stomping ground... That was until I was walking along the corridor when a teacher had left their bag on the floor i tripped and placed my hand on the fire alarm i then became distressed at the loud noise. Therefore i went in to the toilet for a quick cigarette to calm my nerves..

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    Crabstick

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Did you call them 'Adults' ?, behaving like this sets a very bad example to their kids !, are they responsible enough to be an 'Adult' ? or have kids ??

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • David Bond.. I can promise you it was one big mishap i wouldn't want to embarass myself any more than i am now! I apologies to the people i dissapointed but it was a circumstance out of my hands.

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    Crabstick

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Hi, Freedomf Yes. I have 3 children.

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    Crabstick

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • and the people from Felixstowe make out it is such a nice place, compared to its neighbour.

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    Star Watch

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Scott. You and many others are so naive. Did you really think this wouldn't happen... You invite half a town to a school then this is going to happen. They should of done it so you could book an appointment through out the week and have been ascorted around the building..

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    Crabstick

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Did you call them 'Adults' ?, behaving like this sets a very bad example to their kids !, are they responsible enough to be an 'Adult' ? or have kids ??

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • This goes to prove Felixstowe was and still is and always will be an absolute dump I feel sorry for the kids who still have to go to school there those adults who are responsible should be ashamed and be made to pay the cost of any repairs out of there benefit what a bunch of low life scum

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    dj

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • I enjoyed the walk around my old stomping ground... That was until I was walking along the corridor when a teacher had left their bag on the floor i tripped and placed my hand on the fire alarm i then became distressed at the loud noise. Therefore i went in to the toilet for a quick cigarette to calm my nerves..

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    Crabstick

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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