Seniors from the Sha’ar Hanegev high school missed out on a meeting with President Shimon Peres on Monday because “their behavior was inappropriate” and they were apparently drunk, Maariv reported on Tuesday morning.
The 12th-graders were sent home because of their misconduct, the Sha’ar Hanegev council said. Peres met the 11th-grade class instead and praised their “great strength and resilience in the face of the rockets.”
“The [reinforced] school is the minimum that can be done for you,” the president said. “I’m proud of you.”
“Hamas and other terror organizations will pay the price” for attacking Israel, Peres told a student who inquired about a possible Israeli response to rockets fired from Gaza over the previous two days.
Reinforced schools like those in Sderot and Sha’ar Hanegev were built to allow students in the south of Israel to study in a protected environment in the event of rocket attacks from Gaza.
On Monday nearly two million students started the new school year.