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Classes go ahead at Derry's Holy Child Primary School despite arson attack

Some of the damage caused by arsonists at Derry's Holy Child primary school 
Seamus McKinney

THE principal of a Derry school damaged in an overnight arson attack has urged parents to talk to their children about anti-social behaviour.

Orla McDonnell was speaking after a fire damaged the roof of Holy Child PS in Derry’s Creggan area.

Firefighters were called to the school at Central Drive shortly before 9.30pm on Monday to find the roof of the building ablaze after materials were piled onto it and set alight.

The Fire Service was able to bring the fire under control and prevent it from entering the main structure of the building.

The principal said she was relieved that damage to the school was contained and that classes were able to go ahead as normal on Tuesday.

Ms McDonnell said: “It would be fair to say that there is an ongoing problem with youths coming onto school grounds.

"I would just urge every parent to sit their children down and have a talk about their personal safety.

"There could have been a loss of life last night.”

Derry Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell said people in the area were shocked that anyone would set fire to the school. He described the attack as “deplorable and sickening.”

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