A mother has expressed anger at what she describes as an 'unacceptable delay' in telling her that her nine-year-old son went missing from school.Went missing how? Kidnapped? Abducted by aliens?
No. ‘Went missing’ is the wrong phrase – ‘absconded’ is a bit more correct:
Levi, who has been diagnosed with ADHD and recently started taking medication, left the school just after noon on Wednesday.
He made his way across two busy roads into Nelson town centre to his mother’s place of work at the bus interchange cafe, a distance of around half a mile.And mum is furious at her son for running out of school and for the trouble he caus…
Wait. No, she’s not. Of course she’s not. He can’t help it, can he, he’s got an ‘illness’:
Miss Broadbent said that she had not been told been told that Levi had run away from school when she returned from her lunch break to find him being looked after by a colleague at around 12.30pm.
She said: “Apparently something upset Levi, he became distressed and left the school premises.
“I’m not saying that staff there didn’t know he had gone but I feel angry and let down that I wasn’t told immediately that Levi had run away.”I feel ‘angry and let down’ that we allow parents to get away with thinking their child is the centre of the universe and must always be pandered to and cared for by everyone else. But I don’t think the newspapers would be interested in that, do you?
The commenters are having none of it, either:
billy32 says... Has she told her son off for leaving school premises, as for the school i think that because it was dinner break they could not watch everyone. If they locked the children in the playground the mother would probably complain about that. If the mother is not happy with the way the school has dealt with the situation then she should think about changing schools. At the end of the day the child was safe.Common sense isn’t so uncommon as I thought…
Sgl says... How can anyone dislike what Billy32 said? If I had run away from school my mother would have taken me straight back and made ME say sorry to the school for causing a problem. Sadly today, so many parents (and people generally) only care about THEIR rights and don't remember the responsibilities that need to go with them./cheer
InterpolNYC says... ADHD is just an excuse for misbehaviour - which gives the child the right to do as they please and the parents an excuse for their offsprings behaviour. It didn't exist in my day! And why go to the papers about this - seeking attention maybe?I think you might be spot on with that one. Of course, there’s always someone to excuse the culprits:
l m h jones says... http://www.nhs.uk/co nditions/Attention-d eficit-hyperactivity -disorder/Pages/Intr oduction.aspx nothing to do with parenting for those who claim that adhd "didnt exist" suggest that you research the subject. surely the point that the mother is attempting to make is that her child has identified SEN and should therefore have been identified as potentially at risk outside of a secure environment?Great! The answer is to lock him up in a ‘secure environment’ then, which a bog-standard off the peg school is clearly not.
Resurrect the Borstal System!