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Two ‘rival’ South London schools get into massive water fight to ‘settle their differences’

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Two ‘rival’ South London schools have settled their differences via a water fight. Lilian Baylis and Archbishop Tenison’s, both located in Kennington, are a mere six minute walk from each other. However, some pupils from each school have historically not always seen eye-to-eye.

So, some kids from each school settled the old feud the sensible way – by drenching each other with water in nearby Vauxhall Park. But the water fight spilled out of the park and resulted in a handful of children foolishly running across South Lambeth Road to hurl water at their foes.

But not everyone was convinced by the large gathering of around 60 pupils. Nearby resident, Samad Masood, 44, said it makes him feel “slightly nervous” knowing this happened in his local park. He said: “When you live next to a park and the weather gets warmer, things get rowdier. But what it hasn’t been before is kids in school uniforms so that’s a bit strange.”

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Police responded to the water fight in Vauxhall Park

He added: “They’re kids in uniforms and makes you question why they’re not in school, but also large groups of them as they seem to be coming from different schools and it makes you worry if there’s going to be any escalating tensions.”

This is the second time in four days that the kids have gathered for a water melee in Vauxhall Park, according to Samad. “It happened on Friday and now on Monday, so there’s a slight worry about it becoming a regular thing.

“Someone I spoke to on Friday [when the first water fight happened] said parents were trying to get their kids away from the edge of the playground. It’s certainly going to cause people anxiety. It’s never happened before so it’s strange it’s happened twice.”

Samad’s wife, Kate Dart, witnessed today’s events and Friday’s and said she felt slightly uncomfortable with the large crowd.

Kate said: “I’d seen these kids on friday and it was all a bit crazy, so i decided when i picked up my child today to not go through the park. But when I got to the gate, they’d all congregated by the no-cycling gate and were blocking anyone getting in. They also had a huge dog, so I thought ‘errr I’ll walk around’.”

She also saw the moment tensions got a bit heated which led to school children running through lanes of moving traffic on a busy road during rush hour. “Suddenly it just erupted and they were running through the traffic and one kid pelted past me and they were running through moving traffic after him.

“You know when you think ‘this is something bad’ as opposed to just kids hanging out. He [a kid being chased] seemed terrified, he’s running, they’re all running through traffic, and the next thing I saw a police van turned up.”

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The water fight resulted in a load of litter being left behind in Vauxhall Park

But despite feeling slightly on-edge and it dissuading her from using her local park in future, Kate kindly added that she sees the kids as being potential victims of something rather serious.

She said: “I thought ‘kids’ ‘where do they go after school’? But it really made me think is ‘those kids are at risk’, and it made me feel worried that some aggression is going to kick off between them.”

One local business owner who wished to remain anonymous also wasn’t thrilled. They said: “It’s not very nice because there are loads of kids around, and passers-by with dogs, so with all the kids chasing each other it’s not really ideal.

“It doesn’t make me uncomfortable to work in the area, but it does make me nervous of what could happen next. And by ‘next’ I mean, if the water fight will escalate into something more serious.

“And it could also affect my business as it could dissuade people from coming to the area if it carries on.

A Lilian Baylis spokesperson said: “Our students are taught to value their local community and the vast majority of our students make a hugely positive contribution to it, including helping to repair the Covid memorial wall, acting as reading mentors in local primary schools, running school and community-wide campaigns, as well as fundraising for local and national charities.

“We were made aware of the incident on Monday and staff went out immediately to address it, but any students from our school were not present at this time. However, we are working with our colleagues in the other two schools involved to identify any students who may have taken part in it, and sanctions will be issued accordingly.”

A Met Police spokesperson said: “There appeared to be a fight between a group of young people – at this stage there don’t appear to be any injuries/arrests and the group dispersed.”

Archbishop Tenison’s failed to respond to MyLondon’s request for comment.

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