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Bus Full Of Schoolchildren Attacked By Migrants In France

| by Nicholas Roberts
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A bus filled with Scottish schoolchildren was attacked while passing through Calais, France, early on Jan. 10. The incident reportedly occurred during a clash between police and migrants in the city, and left a window of the bus smashed.

The bus had 35 students and nine adults from Portree, on Scotland's Isle of Skye, who were traveling through France on their way back from a ski trip in Italy. The bus was attacked by a large group of migrants in Calais, and a window was smashed when a large branch was thrown at it, BBC reports.

While no one on the bus was hurt, the Express reports that one child had an epileptic seizure in the aftermath of the attack and received medical treatment.

"My information is that the bus taking the children through Calais was attacked by migrants," said Drew Millar, a local councilor on Skye.

He went on to explain the situation, according to the Express:

"The bus was attacked by migrants and at least one window was broken. It was decided that, rather than stop the bus, they should carry on. I believe they were getting another [bus] to take them back home. There was one pupil who needed treatment but that was due to a medical problem that was resolved.”

After the incident, the two drivers of the bus reported what had happened to the police and border control in Calais and were then cleared to continue their way home, BBC reports.

Catherine MacDonald, the head teacher of Portree High School, said the ski trip was otherwise successful: "Everyone has returned home safe and sound from what was a fantastic ski trip with snowsports certificates under their belts. No one was injured as a result of the incident at Calais which was efficiently dealt with by our [bus] operator."

Sources: BBC, Express / Photo credit: Facebook via Express