18 September 2003 Edition

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Attacked coming from school

An 18-year-old pupil at St Gabriel's Secondary school in North Belfast was attacked by loyalists as he and a friend made their way home on Tuesday afternoon, 16 September.

The Catholic sixth form pupils were walking along Hesketh Road when two loyalists jumped from behind bushes and attacked the two students with a lump of wood studded with nails. One of the youths had two front teeth knocked out and suffered a puncture wound to his bottom lip. The two attackers ran away towards the loyalist Glenbryn estate.

A relation of the injured youth told how teachers from St Gabriel's always stand at Hesketh Road to protect pupils from sectarian attacks but the two students got out of school early, which left them vulnerable.

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