Corrie's Amy Barlow to spark major school protest in new story

Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street's Amy Barlow will create a stir at Weatherfield High School next week, as she sparks a major protest over how the school is dealing with the issues of upskirting and sexual harassment.

Following Summer Spellman's upsetting discovery later this week that Max Turner (Paddy Bever) has seen an upskirting photo of her on his phone, Amy (Elle Mulvaney) decides to do some digging.

While at the bus stop with Summer (Harriet Bibby), as well as Asha (Tanisha Gorey) and Aadi Alahan (Adam Hussain), Amy reveals that she has found out that several other girls at their school have also been harassed and had upskirt photos taken of them.

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Summer begs Amy to drop the subject but it's clear that Amy is on a mission with the knowledge she has gained.

Once they get to school, Amy spray paints the words 'Stop Protecting Sex Offenders' onto the side of a building, while a crowd of students gather to watch.

Furious deputy headteacher Mrs Cranshaw (Carla Mendonça) summons Amy and her mum Tracy McDonald (Kate Ford) to a meeting and tells them that she has no choice but to suspend Amy for her deliberate vandalism of school property.

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Summer is shocked when Amy reveals that she has been suspended from school and Tracy makes it clear that she blames Summer for choosing not to report the upskirting incident in the first place.

Summer later meets up with Amy, Asha and Aadi in Speed Daal and shows them an open letter in support of Amy that she has written and posted on Instagram.

Later in the week, as they have breakfast, Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) advises Summer to check her phone – her open letter has gone viral. Billy tells Summer how proud he is of her.

Following Summer's viral post, she receives a message from Mrs Cranshaw summoning her to a meeting and Amy insists that she will come along too.

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Mrs Cranshaw thanks Summer for bringing the issue to her attention and she assures both girls that she will be speaking to the school's governors about a policy change to prevent upskirting.

However, Summer and Amy are less than impressed when they realise that the change involves the school expecting girls to wear shorts under their skirts.

Later in the week, Mrs Cranshaw takes a seat in Daniel Osbourne's classroom but is shocked when no pupils turn up to the lesson. Heading outside, they discover that Amy and Summer are leading a protest against the upskirters, which a number of students are taking part in.

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Daniel (Rob Mallard) secretly phones the Gazette to tip them off about the protest and a reporter soon shows up to document the event.

How will Mrs Cranshaw react to the sudden publicity that the school is about to get?

Coronation Street airs these scenes on Monday, January 17, Wednesday, January 19 and Friday, January 21 from 7.30pm on ITV.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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