Teenagers were excluded from a high school for recreating a scene from a film about football hooligans.
Pupils at Parklands High in Chorley were sent home after staging a ‘confrontation’ scene from the movie, Green Street, on playing fields.
Parents of pupils involved said they had been ‘play fighting’ and criticised the school for being ‘heavy handed’.
However, school bosses today said the teenagers’ behaviour had clearly breached the school’s code of conduct.
Teenagers from Year 11 used the social networking site Facebook to set up a scene from Green Street.
In the 2005 film, which is about football hooliganism, rival groups of West Ham and Millwall supporters confront each other.
Parents who spoke to the Guardian insisted the teenagers were ‘only acting’, with pushes and shoves exchanged in a ‘playful’ way.
However, it is understood the school felt their behaviour scared younger pupils.
One parent told the Guardian the school said it could have appeared to onlookers that a ‘riot’ was taking place.
Another parent claimed the pupils were only ‘being kids’.
Some pupils were excluded for two days and others one.
The school declined to confirm how many students were involved in the incident.
They are now back in class and been placed on report to monitor their behaviour.
One parent, who asked not to be named, said: “They need to be in school, not out of school.”
The incident happened on Thursday lunchtime but the children only learned of their exclusions on Friday morning.
Parents said they were then notified by a telephone call that their child would be sent home.
The parent said families should have been informed earlier of the decision.
They added: “If this happened on Thursday, then they should have been sent home then.
“What was the need to send them into school just to send them home again?”
Claire Hollister, headteacher of Parklands Academy said describing the incident as ‘play fighting’ was inaccurate.
She added: “ In addition, no parents were present when the breach of the school’s behaviour code took place; as such the information provided to you is conjecture.
“All students and parents are responsible for ensuring that, when they choose a school place at Parklands for their secondary education, they share and support the high expectations, values and ethos of the school and understand the sanctions which may be applied should students choose not to abide by these – this is clearly explained in the school’s behaviour policy.
“These high standards are not negotiable.”