Woodbridge High School in North East London had arranged for actor and now the official spokesperson for “URBAN” youth Adam Deacon (28) to visit its students today, but according to the Kidulthood, Adulthood and Anuvahood star the headmaster decided that he was no longer welcome and cancelled his appearance.
From what I understand the headmaster had some concerns relating to some of the films Deacon has starred in which depict gang violence and road man antics.
In response to this decision Deacon’s manager Dhanny Joshi told the Pappzd website,
I told them the fact that he’s up for the BAFTA Rising Star Award, made his own film Anuvahood, which became a box office success, and does a lot of charity work surely proves he’s a positive role model but they weren’t budging. It also begs the question was it a class issue. The fact is they wouldn’t have done this to Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, Tom Cruise… Last week CNN interviewed the other nominees and left Adam out because “his audience doesn’t watch CNN”.
Concerned about his reputation, Deacon then went on to tweet about the cancellation and made a point of telling his thousands of followers that he wasn’t responsible for cancelling his visit to the school (the headmaster had apparently told the pupils that the actor ‘had postponed’), it was the headmaster who decided to cancel it.
Well as you can imagine this didn’t go down to well. There was outrage and the news spread around the school like wild-fire, which then led to pupils walking out in protest.
Some students have described today’s scenes at Woodbridge as “a madness”. Students were locked inside classrooms, teachers were panicked, and then the students were eventually sent home early because of the disruption.
Deacon later tweeted that the police had also been in contact with his manager to find out what was going on and he then attempted to calm down the entire school by tweeting this,
LOL! Oh dear….
Yes folks in 2012 this sort of decision is cause for a major student protest. FIGHT THE POWER *pumps fist in the air*.
I can understand why the students were angry and disappointed. Some are probably big fans of Deacon’s films and were looking forward to meeting him, but walking out, and causing major disruptions throughout the day was just ridiculous.
They should have been inside the building preparing for up and coming exams and focusing on getting an education. Not standing outside “protesting” over foolishness. And I am sure that there were level-headed students there just looking on with bemused expressions on their faces thinking the same thing.
One student however proudly tweeted,
It was madness. Everyone from Woodbridge were vexed! it’s pretty jokes though how the school can’t control us!!
The Evening Standard website reports that Headteacher Andrew Beaumont has denied any protests had taken place. He said:
“Woodbridge High School can confirm that a visit by the actor Adam Deacon had been arranged by a member of staff at very short notice this week but unfortunately I had to cancel the visit.
“This was to ensure the correct checks and procedures were followed as is the case when any external speaker visits the school. As a result some pupils at the school were disappointed.”
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