Flamingo Land flare-up on school trip to help pupils ‘bond’

Flamingo Land.
Flamingo Land.

A school trip to Flamingo Land descended into chaos, with police brought in following claims teenagers clashed on a day out - that had been designed at helping them “bond”.

A police probe’s now been launched amid to see if a weapon was used in the skirmish between Year Nine pupils at the Malton theme park.

The July 9 incident centres around an allegation that a Sunderland schoolboy threatened another pupil.

The Venerable Bede Church of England Academy pupils were on a £28 end-of-term trip,

After holding an internal investigation upon returning to the North East, school management brought in police the next day due to severity of the allegation.

A spokesman for the Rythorpe school said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred during a school trip to Flamingo Land on Thursday, July 9, involving two students and two student witnesses from the academy.

“We can also confirm that we have involved the police.

“We became aware of some of the details of this incident during Friday afternoon and acted immediately to understand the full extent of what happened and to ensure that there was no risk to other students.”

Parents at the school were said to be “shell-shocked” by the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “Officers are working to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.” No one from Flamingo Land was available for comment.