HUNDREDS OF Tipperary parents were said to be outraged today after it was revealed their children were forced into slave labor by several school teachers over a two month period.
Over 300,000 St. Bridget’s crosses were found after a search of the school, which is located on the foot of Slievenmon mountain.
Five school teacher were arrested and brought to Clonmel garda station for questioning.
The operation was uncovered after a brave ten year old boy blew the whistle on the sweat shop.
“We started making crosses just after Halloween,” said the fourth class pupil, who wished to remain anonymous. “The teachers said if we made thirty crosses everyday we would get rewarded with jellies. But that was a lie. It was all a lie!”
The boys parents told WWN that they first became suspicious of the school when they found strange lacerations on their sons fingers.
“He would sometimes come home with cuts and bruises all over his hands.” said his father. “If only we had to pay more attention to him when he said he was being made work in a sweatshop. We just thought he was being very funny at the time.”
At 3pm yesterday afternoon an armed Garda response team stormed the primary school and arrested 15 adults and four children. The children, who were older and thought to have been involved in the scam, were later released without charge.
Detectives believe the sweat shop was selling the crosses to the American market for the past four months, and is believed to have been a ‘multi-million euro business’.Follow @colmwhispers