King’s School leavers have come under fire for showing “disgusting” behaviour.
Dozens of boys wearing white suits and masks are said to have run riot in Gladstone Terrace and Welby Gardens, throwing water bombs, paint and firecrackers.
A neighbour said: “It was horrendous behaviour, absolutely disgusting.”
A police spokesman said pupils were seen throwing water bombs and paint. One report said a firework was let off. He added: “They have apologised and left the area.”
No police action was taken.
King’s School headmaster Frank Hedley said it was a “harmless prank” that went too far.
He added: “The boys were left in no doubt that this behaviour was unacceptable and I was disappointed that it had an impact upon members of our local community. All of the parents of Year 13 students received a letter articulating my views and I personally spoke with a several members of the local community.
“The students had already organised a ‘clean up’ group who largely achieved that on the day in question. Moreover, when they realised that their plans had gone awry they raised some money towards ‘making good’ if the need arose.
“However it must be said that the majority of the students are fine young men who have had seven years of exemplary conduct in this school and this was demonstrated during the leavers’ meal with myself and other staff, when the boys behaved impeccably.
“Going forward the school will, of course, try as far as possible to ensure that such an incident does not occur again.”