Northern Ireland

Dundonald High School pupils 'not told to take off poppies'

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Image caption A photo on Facebook appeared to show two youths burning a poppy

Dundonald High School has said it has found no evidence its pupils were told to take off poppies.

The school set up an investigation after UUP MLA David McNarry said he had been contacted by parents concerned that pupils wearing a poppy were refused entrance to a classroom.

The school said it fully supported the Poppy Appeal and poppies were available for sale within the school.

It said that pupils wore their poppies proudly "in all classrooms".

"Every year, we have a special assembly for Remembrance Day," the school's statement continued.

"The school hopes that recent comments do not overshadow what should be a serious and sombre event."

The investigation was conducted by a committee involving the principal, vice-principal and a member of the board of governors.

It reported back to a meeting of the board of governors on Tuesday afternoon.

The school said that under its complaint procedure, parents had a right of appeal to a committee of the board of governors.

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