BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Frightened schoolgirls, protected by a tunnel of soldiers and police, were rushed into a Roman Catholic elementary school in Northern Ireland on Tuesday as Protestant protesters shouted threats and vulgarities for a second straight day.
About 50 schoolgirls, ages 4 to 11, braved catcalls and clashes to get to class, but about two-thirds of their classmates at Holy Cross Primary School stayed home Tuesday.
One officer suffered a broken collarbone when a homemade grenade thrown from the ranks of the protesters blew up in front of him. On Monday a mother of one of the girls was injured.
The Protestant protesters said they would keep harassing the students until Catholics stopped attacking their own vulnerable homes, which lie beside the school in an otherwise Catholic neighborhood called Ardoyne.
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