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‘TikTok protests’ rock Britain’s schools: Pupils scale gates and trash classrooms over rules

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So-called ‘TikTok protests’ continued to rock British schools, as hundreds of students rioted against teachers over new rules, such as the introduction of unisex toilets.

The social media trend appears to be spreading, with children in Southampton, Blackpool and Essex having demonstrated in the past 24 hours posted on the platform.

Protests took place in Cornwall, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire last week, with videos circulating online of pupils taking a stand against uniform and toilet policies.

The demonstrations appear to be arranged across apps popular with young people such as TikTok and Snapchat, with some clips attracting millions of views.

MailOnline found videos with comments from students from other schools, asking how they could emulate the protest at their school, amid fears the trend is sweeping the country.

A schoolgirl climbed over a school gate at a TikTok protest at Shenfield High School in Brentwood, Essex

Footage shows a TikTok protest at Shenfield High School in Brentwood, Essex

Footage shows a TikTok protest at Shenfield High School in Brentwood, Essex

Footage uploaded to TikTok from a protest at Shenfield High School showed overturned chairs in what appeared to be a school hall

Footage uploaded to TikTok from a protest at Shenfield High School showed overturned chairs in what appeared to be a school hall

A general view of Shenfield High School in Brentwood, Essex

A general view of Shenfield High School in Brentwood, Essex

Footage from a protest at Shenfield High School in Essex showed notebooks on the floor being stepped on as a wave of children walked over them, and overturned chairs in what appeared to be a school hall.

It is unknown what prompted the protest and the school has been contacted for comment.

In Southampton, 200 pupils protested yesterday at Weston Secondary School after they were left ‘uncomfortable’ by new unisex toilets.

While chanting ‘toilet rights’, the youth gathered at the toilets to also take a stand against rules that prohibit them from leaving class to go to the toilet.

The children reported concerns about same-sex toilets at the academy school after their induction in September.

A female student said that ’emergencies for girls’ mean they can go to the toilet without having to wait ‘up to two hours’ for a break or lunch.

Meanwhile, one parent said their daughter was so uncomfortable sharing a toilet with boys that she stopped going to the toilet during school hours.

Pupil Cloe, 14, said: ‘We don’t think it’s fair, girls in our school don’t feel comfortable. People think it’s funny to unlock the doors when you’re inside.

“We’re trying to make it clear to the teachers that it’s just not fair. We tried to talk to them before protesting, but they just ignore it.’

Another 14-year-old added: ‘We went to the head teacher about it before and they just tell you what you want to hear and don’t do anything about it.

“You’re also not allowed to leave classes to go to the toilet, which isn’t fair to girls who are menstruating.

“If you have a girl emergency, you should be able to go to the bathroom when you need to.”

Cloe’s mother, Nicole Tipton, said: ‘My daughter is not comfortable going to the toilet.

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MailOnline found messages on TikTok asking students how to mimic a protest at their school

MailOnline found messages on TikTok asking students how to mimic a protest at their school

It is unknown what prompted the protest and Shenfield High School has been contacted for comment

It is unknown what prompted the protest and Shenfield High School has been contacted for comment

A TikTok protest at Shenfield High School showed exercise books being trampled on the floor as a wave of kids walked over them

A TikTok protest at Shenfield High School showed exercise books being trampled on the floor as a wave of kids walked over them

“The boys feel like they’re hanging their phones over the toilet or under the door to try and take pictures of them.

“I’m not happy, I don’t like my daughter being uncomfortable going to the toilet – she’s a child, she’s a minor. She does not go to the toilet all day long while she is at school.

“I even contacted the school about it, but they are not doing anything.

“Why didn’t the school tell us about it sooner and get people’s opinions before putting anything in its place?”

Meanwhile, a school in Blackpool denied claims of a riot after students launched a ‘mass revolt’ against the school’s ground rules.

Yesterday, students “went on a rampage” during a planned protest filmed on TikTok, which teachers claim was sparked by the social media trend.

Unity Academy Blackpool headteacher Stephen Cooke said he became aware of the trend last week.

After demonstrations at other schools on Friday, some children were eager to protest, he said.

Mr Cooke added: ‘Student voices are important to the academy and to ensure that all students have the opportunity to share their concerns, form time has been extended by 10 minutes this morning to give students the opportunity to raise these concerns. share, which colleagues determined to respond later this week.”

He said many of these concerns relate to elementary school rules that have been in place for many years in the school.

A significant number of pupils had spoken to staff in support of these basic expectations, the principal added.

In Southampton, 200 pupils protested yesterday at Weston Secondary School (pictured) after being left 'uncomfortable' by new unisex toilets.  (General view)

In Southampton, 200 pupils protested yesterday at Weston Secondary School (pictured) after being left ‘uncomfortable’ by new unisex toilets. (General view)

A video on TikTok showed a protest at Unity Academy in Blackpool

A video on TikTok showed a protest at Unity Academy in Blackpool

Children were seen storming the corridors of the school in Blackpool, which took 15 minutes according to headteacher Stephen Cooke

Children were seen storming the corridors of the school in Blackpool, which took 15 minutes according to headteacher Stephen Cooke

A general view of Unity Academy in Blackpool

A general view of Unity Academy in Blackpool

Mr Cooke continued: ‘Despite providing opportunities for this morning, a very small proportion of the school population (less than 5 per cent) chose to take part in a protest by not going to class after the lunch break.

‘The number of students quickly declined and they were continuously supervised by staff. The “protest” lasted about 15 minutes before being calmed down by staff.’

The trend prompted the Ministry of Education to issue a statement saying it was “concerned” about the wave of school protests.

The spokesperson said: ‘We are concerned about the reports of disruptions and will be contacting all schools and local authorities to ensure they are supported at this time.

‘We will always support Headmasters to take the necessary measures to maintain a calm and supportive classroom environment as they are best placed to work with their teachers, parents, pupils and local communities in developing and implementing policies .’

MailOnline has reached out to Shenfield High School, Weston Secondary School and Unity Academy for comment.

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