Friday, 25 September 2009

Here's Something You Don't See Every Day...

Oh, wow! A school actually taking bullying seriously!

Sadly, it's amongst the parents:
West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School has received a complaint about mothers being intimidated as they drop their children off.

Reports of swearing, cigarette smoke blown at people, and obstruction of the school gates have also been logged.

Teachers are now standing outside the building, in Amberley Drive, Hangleton, Hove, to resolve any potential conflict during drop-off periods.
Good grief...!
Rachel Simmonds, acting deputy headteacher of the school, said: "A complaint was brought to our attention and we began investigating it immediately.

"We are not aware of any clashes between parents before that date. We are an inclusive school and committed to providing a safe and enjoyable educational environment.

"The governors and senior leadership team are working together to resolve any issues raised."
*sigh*

Why do I suspect that if this was a bullying incident by the pupils, there wouldn't be half as much fuss?

And when was it the job of the teachers to prevent the adults from acting like children outside school premises?

7 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

If the parents don't act like grown ups, I don't think we can really expect much from the kids.

Roue le Jour said...

What I like about this story is that not only does it avoid telling us what the dispute is about, but it even does it's best not to mention the type of dispute, parking, which is mentioned in the title and in a closing comment from the council but not in the body of the article.

TheBigYin said...

Ah ha, I might have guessed it, it's those pesky smoking mums V global warming, killer of the universe, drivers!

The head should give the lot a spell of detention, that'll teach them.

captainff said...

You know the Hangleton area? It's fast becoming Hove's very own Whitehawk .. .. ..

I guess the school has to intervene if the incidents are occurring on school property and affecting the opportunity to give the kids a glimpse of what life could be like if they don't follow their parents example?

Fat Hen said...

Maybe it's the parents of bullying victims attempting to have a word with the parents of said bullies.

OT -- have you see this:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6226866/Smacked-children-have-lower-IQs.html

I note the following:

1. Stupid people tend to have stupid kids who do stupid things, and smart people would never admit to walloping their offspring anyway.

2. Clearly, beating stupid kids improves their IQ, as can be readily seen from the 'fact' that the IQ of the beaten kids improves from -5 points to -2.8 points as they get older and clock up more beatings.

:-P

JuliaM said...

"If the parents don't act like grown ups, I don't think we can really expect much from the kids."

Sadly, I suspect they are a lost cause already...

"What I like about this story is that not only does it avoid telling us what the dispute is about, but it even does it's best not to mention the type of dispute..."

As always with local online newspapers with inattentive moderators, there's gold in them thar comments.. ;)

"...it's those pesky smoking mums V global warming, killer of the universe, drivers!"

'Whoever wins, we lose!', as I believe the tagline to a moderately popular movie went...

"I guess the school has to intervene if the incidents are occurring on school property and affecting the opportunity to give the kids a glimpse of what life could be like if they don't follow their parents example?"

Let's hope at least some of them take that bait!

"I note the following:

1. Stupid people tend to have stupid kids who do stupid things, and smart people would never admit to walloping their offspring anyway.

2. Clearly, beating stupid kids improves their IQ, as can be readily seen from the 'fact' that the IQ of the beaten kids improves from -5 points to -2.8 points as they get older and clock up more beatings."


Indeed!

James Higham said...

And when was it the job of the teachers to prevent the adults from acting like children outside school premises?

We always had the more serious trouble from the parents than from the kids although it might have altered these days.

It was usually over parking and stopping off. However, as you say, it's not the teachers' job to resolve that.