A proud father who took photographs at a school production has received a worrying letter from the head teacher about his intentions.Mr Flynn is a professional photographer, but was there to take snaps of his own son in an unofficial capacity. A fellow parent asked him to take some shots of his child.
And that raised alarms, it seems…
… the head teacher of Bromley Road Infant School, Karen Minnis, wrote to the dad with concerns – noting a possible breach of the Data Protection Act.
Mr Flynn explained she intervened and removed the image after he had left it at reception for the parent to pick up. He said: "The letter says ‘I have grave concerns with the manner in which the photo was taken and the purpose in using the photo.
"I was there as just a parent. I was there to see my son. I wanted to get some pictures of him as a memory."
He said: "I didn’t do anything wrong. Parents are allowed to take photos for personal use – I didn’t use it for anything else."Guilty until proven innocent Mr Flynn! Times have changed...
The head teacher told News Shopper it was "perfectly permissible for a parent to take a photo of a school production for their personal use," adding that other children appearing in shots can be acceptable. However, she declined to comment on policy further.
She added: "I don’t know why he’s contacted you."Yes. you do.