Police had to call for back-up after two pupils at a Welsh secondary school allegedly vandalised a classroom and ignored calls from teachers and officers to stop. The incident happened on Tuesday, February 27, at Queen Elizabeth High, the biggest school in Carmarthen with more than 1,500 pupils ranging in age from 11 to 18.

The school itself has said that only “minor damage” was caused, however, one parent of a pupil who attends Queen Elizabeth High claimed a classroom was “smashed up” during the disorder. A picture shared with WalesOnline, claimed to be of the classroom in question, shows objects strewn over the floor, tables turned onto their sides and chairs which appear to have been thrown or placed on top of one another. You can keep up to date with the latest Carmarthenshire news by signing up to the local newsletter here.

Neither the school or Dyfed-Powys Police were willing to confirm the ages of those involved, but it’s understood that the alleged disorder involved two boys who are among the youngest age groups in the school. Police have confirmed that two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and the school has moved to reassure parents that what happened on Tuesday was an “isolated incident” and that nobody was hurt.

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In a letter sent to parents and carers, Queen Elizabeth High’s headteacher, Dave Williams, said: “I am aware of some speculation and rumours regarding an incident that happened in school yesterday." He said he wanted to reassure parents that this was an isolated incident of alleged "misbehaviour that did not present any threat or danger to staff or pupils".

Queen Elizabeth High School in Carmarthen
Queen Elizabeth High School in Carmarthen

He added that the situation involved two pupils who allegedly caused minor damage to a classroom and did not respond to initial requests from staff, their guardians and the police to refrain from further vandalism. "As a result, additional officers were called who quickly resolved the situation. The school will be dealing with these individual pupils in line with our school behaviour and exclusion policy.” Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Two youths have been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage following an incident at Q.E High school in Johnstown, on Tuesday afternoon, 27th February. They have been released pending further police enquiries.”