Dozens of pupils throw stones and eggs at buses and cars in riot over teacher suspension
The town which became infamous for having the 'worst school in Britain' is again living up to its reputation for pupil thuggery.
Dozens of teenage school children abandoned lessons and took to the streets of Halifax to 'protest' over the suspension of a maths teacher.
But instead of simply voicing their support for the popular teacher, the pupils were said to have hurled stones and eggs at buses and cars, stopped traffic and frightened residents by 'acting like yobs'.
One mother spoke of her terror as the demonstrators surrounded and kicked her car while her baby was inside.
Police were called to 'guide' more than 60 uniformed pupils back to the grounds of Halifax High School following the demonstration on Monday morning.
A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said officers were 'investigating reports of criminal damage to vehicles' following the 'disturbance' outside the high school.
Ironically, the town's most notorious comprehensive The Ridings - where teachers voted to strike over unruly pupils 13 years ago - is due to close down this summer.
The protest by Halifax High pupils began at around 11am during morning break-time and continued for up to 40 minutes, spilling over into lessons.
The group predominantly (ASIAN!) teenage boys
- walked down the street chanting and shouting to demand the reinstatement of the teacher. But police were called after a number of pupils allegedly behaved in a threatening and violent manner.
Motorist Sue Culpan, 30, said: 'I've never been so terrified in my life. I was driving along with my son in the back when all of a sudden I had all these kids surrounding me, stamping and kicking my car.'
Pensioner Ronald Turner, 77, said the group of pupils went past his house. 'They were being really rowdy, I saw stones thrown into the air near cars and they were chanting very loudly.
'The group of children were walking down the middle of the road, buses and cars were stopped in their tracks, they shouted at the occupants and stones were thrown at the vehicles.'
Another local resident Ann Pinder, 64, went outside to investigate and saw more than 30 youths walking down the middle of the road shouting and holding some placards. 'My next door neighbour saw them pelt stones at a vehicle. It's terrible, I've lived here for years and this area has gone downhill so much since the school came here.'
On resident who refused to be named was walking with her 15-year-old daughter when they came across the protest.
She said:'They were throwing things and shouting and behaving like a mob. We've had so much trouble from the kids at the school and my window had a brick thrown through it a couple of months ago.'
A local businessman said:'I saw them throw eggs at passing buses. They were a big noisy and rowdy group.'
Headteacher Christian Markham claimed reports of trouble had been exaggerated by the media.
He said: 'The kids were out of school, they were in a large group and people will tend to brand any large group of children as yobs. They were making a protest, it was inappropriate and unhelpful to the gentleman's cause but they were well intentioned.'
He refused to comment on the suspension of the teacher.
Around 720 pupils aged from 11 to 16 attend Halifax High, which moved to a new site four years ago. Last year a below average 42 per cent of GCSE students achieved at least five A* - C grades.
The more famous Ridings School in Halifax made national headlines in 1996 when teachers threatened to strike unless action was taken against dozens of troublemakers at the school.
Ironically, after millions of pounds was pumped into the school by the Labour government to improve standards the decision was made by Calderdale Council to close it down a year ago. The Ridings is due to shut for good later this year.