St Andrews Students Egged by Local Schoolchildren

Several incidents have been reported.

Egging incidents have been taking place around St Andrews; targeting university students and their homes, public areas and locals. It is believed that these various attacks were carried out by students of the local school, Madras College.

The actions of the local students date back to the start of the academic year, with the most recent attack at the start of February. The victims of these incidents have asked to stay anonymous.

One victim of several egging attacks last autumn reports that the attacks would take place after dark – any time between “5 pm and 9 pm.” The victim continues to disclose the little information they know about the perpetrator; local boys, often on their bikes or scooters.

The victim and their housemates reported an egging attack on their house as soon as the event took place. The police arrived within two hours and promised to patrol the area, while stating there was little they could do as “no property was damaged.” The incident repeated again before Christmas, where the young attackers resorted to throwing stones at the student’s house, instead of eggs. Again, this attack was reported but with little action was taken by the police.

The victim commented on the situation: “It is awful that these kids have nothing better to do than throw eggs at houses (I’ve heard about them throwing eggs at people as well). I think that since the police seem to know, their parents should be held responsible as they seem quite young, maybe twelve to fifteen. They should pay for the window to be cleaned, or alternatively make the kids do some sort of community work or provide entertainment as they seem to have nothing else.”

The attacks didn’t stop there. Some first year students complained of an egging attack near the University hall of residence, Agnes Blackadder, on Thursday 9th February. The students described the attackers as sounding “pretty Scottish” and wearing “hoodies and snapbacks.”

Following a night out at 2 am, the students became victims of the egging attack. A passer-by had called the police to report the incident, but little was done about it. Moreover, a University security car passed the scene. The victims informed them of the event, and were told that the police would look into it. Nothing has been said since.

One of the victims of this attack expects that “they’re going to end up egging someone or a group of guys a lot bigger and less patient with them than most of the other people who got egged.” The victim warned that “people should report it if it happens to them, and out-of-hours security should definitely keep an eye out.”

Similar events have been reported on the travellator, near another one of the University’s hall of residence, St Regulus. In the case of the first attack, the group could have been making a personal attack on the University students; possibly revenge for having the police been called on them the first time.

As the second victim mentioned, please do contact the police if these events persist.



55 thoughts on “St Andrews Students Egged by Local Schoolchildren

  1. I have witnessed these young thugs egging pizza express and houses in the lane between market street and the library. Someone needs to catch these rampant eggers before further damage is done.

  2. This is a piece full of hyperbole. “Attack” is mentioned no less than 13 times, “Victim”; “Perpetrator”, etc etc.

    The thrust of the piece appears to be that students are being systematically and persistently “Attacked” by school children, with an emphasis on ‘Local’. This is based purely on one anonymous ‘witness’ describing the ‘Attackers’ as “sounding pretty Scottish”! One has to question; what nationality has to do with any of this? Unless there is an attempt by the writer to allude that there is an element of racism involved in these so called ‘attacks’.

    Then we have nothing but gossip: “(I’ve heard about them throwing eggs at people as well)”…

    “It is believed that these various attacks were carried out by students of the local school, Madras College.” This is a classic example of trashy, tabloid-style journalism. ‘It is believed’/’We understand’/’It has been reported’ etc etc – is a get-out-of-jail card that is played in order to allow a writer to say whatever the hell they want to say without the risk of being hauled before a Sheriff in a libel case.

    And finally, a thinly veiled threat: “they’re going to end up egging someone or a group of guys a lot bigger and less patient with them than most of the other people who got egged.” – I would suggest that the anonymous victim/witness is alluding to physical revenge upon what is described as “twelve to fifteen year old boys”.

    It is believed that the writer of this piece is trying to cause a Student/Local, Scottish/Otherwise rift in the town with the use of language in this piece. (see what I did there).

    The hyperbolic elements of this article are not conducive to the sought, so called ‘Town and Gown’ healthy relationship that the university and it’s students purport to encourage.

  3. Kevaan Nial,

    I know we live in a time where some presidents are throwing out ‘alternative facts’ left right and centre, but as a university student who is here to learn and for a degree I would hope that you would be above this. If you are to be a critic of one’s work you must be sure to read it and understand it before putting up a load of shite in the comments section. It is plainly obvious that if it’s a bunch of schoolboys throwing the eggs that they are going to be Scottish, unless of course there is a new international high school which I have not heard of. With that, you are totally right in exclaiming outrage about how nationality has anything to do with this because it is so blatantly obvious the nationality of the school boys that your parents probably gave a major donation for you to come to this university with that for observation skills. In no way whatsoever is this writer trying to cause a rift in the town because the article does not show that at all. If that was the case then I am sure that you agree with all of Donald Trump’s rhetoric concerning the news sources in America. Not to say that this is wrong, but it shows that you tend to listen to others of higher position and follow them without thinking because you seem inept to do so after reading your comment.

    also one last point, learn your definitions please. Hyperboles were not used, but rather repetition which was used to further the author’s point. If a person is to get egged that is a form of attack unless you believe otherwise, which if you do I would love to hear your opinion of it.

  4. Kevaan Nial

    I know we are currently living in a time where people in power are throwing out ‘alternative facts’ left right and centre, but as a university student I would have hoped that you would not fall foul of this, but apparently you have. You should know by now that if one is to be a critic of one’s work it is important that they read it and actually understand what they are talking about before opening their mouths. This will be fun for me because I’m just going to go through your points because lol…

    1) please learn your definitions before you try to sound all pompous and stuck-up when trying to put someone’s work down. Hyperbole is not the correct term, it is ‘repetition’. When an author uses a term, in this case ‘attack’, they are using it multiple times to prove a point, literally repeating it hence the term. Hyperbole is an exaggeration and its use would depend on one’s definition of attack and in this case an unprovoked assault with eggs by schoolboys on those unsuspecting would most likely be deemed as an attack.

    2) Really? What on earth are you drivelling on about? When one uses nationality, they aren’t necessarily using it as a derogative description. By saying that the ‘attackers’ were Scottish is merely a way of categorizing them and distinguishing them from say Americans or Germans. It’s obvious to anyone that they are Scottish because they are the only ones that go to Madras and other schools around us. It’s common sense pal.
    It is also here where the issue of reading comes into play because the author clearly states that this wasn’t a one time occurrence but rather has taken place multiple times. Furthermore, just to clear terms up yet again, by going against one’s nationality is not ‘racism’ but rather ‘xenophobia’.

    3) Now I know that there has been a lot of talk about ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ these days especially with the Donald Trump presidency (it’s not political it’s a fact), but apparently you seem to be one who follows blindly in the path of those who hold seats of power. You can think for yourself you know because it’s clear to see that the author is in fact just telling the news the way it should be told. They are doing the right thing because they aren’t exaggerating the facts of the story, but rather just saying what they know about the case at hand and nothing more.

    4) now just a bit of banter – if you’re trying to take the moral high ground about not retaliating then either obviously you’ve never been egged or you are scared that if you try to do anything you will be landed on your arse by so stated ‘twelve to fifteen year old boys’

    5) the article is a news story designed to tell the news – don’t be stupid and say that the author is trying to cause a rift

    6) concentrate and just try and get your degree

  5. Dr. Common Sense.

    You appear to have taken my comment extremely personally, almost like an attack on your work. You seem rather upset.

    I would like to propose that we reconcile over a cup of Camomile Tea and soft boiled eggs. I am available after dark. Any time between 5pm and 9pm. You will know it is me because I will arrive on my prefered mode of transport; which is bike or scooter and I will sound pretty Scottish.

  6. The police are aware of some of the names of 3. I grabbed 3 of them, phoned police and awaited arrival holding onto two.

    Kids do stuff like this. it’s winter, it’s dark early. I did it myself. They just occassionally need PC Murdoch to give them a taxi home so it stops. Then, the next year, it is time for the next batch.

    So, don’t get impatient.

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