School backtracks on parade detentions
St Patrick's College appears to have pulled the pin on a decision to give lunchtime detention to about 200 pupils who attended the Rugby World Cup victory parade in Wellington.
Pupils at St Pat's Town in Kilbirnie emerged from the school hall chanting ''All Blacks'' after the school called an early end to their punishment this afternoon.
Last week pupils at the school who skipped class to go to the parade were outraged when they were told they would have to attend compulsory supervised lunch time study sessions in the school's hall from Thursday until Tuesday.
All Blacks, including Sir Colin Meads, said the students should have been allowed to attend the parade.
St Patrick's College rector Father Paul Martin defended the school's stance, saying pupils needed to be well-prepared for NCEA exams, which begin in two weeks.
However, when pupils turned up to the school's hall for their third detention today they were let go.
Year 12 pupil Michael Di Leva, 16, said deputy rector Wayne Mills made the announcement.
''He got our attention and said he had been talking to Father (Paul) Martin over the weekend. He mumbled something and then said thanks for our participation.''
A group of about 50 pupils began chanting ''All Blacks'' when they were told they could free to go, Di Leva said.
''It's a good decision to let us go.
''I'm quite happy. It's like I've got my social life back,'' he said.
A spokeswoman said Fr Martin declined to comment about the issue.
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