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#294195 - 07/04/09 11:17 AM You've GOT to be kidding, right?
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Schools bar parents from sports day... to keep out paedophiles

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1197284/Schools-bar-parents-sports-day--paedophiles.html

Parents were banned from attending an inter-school sports day to protect pupils from kidnappers and paedophiles.

The host school said they could not prevent 'unsavoury' characters from sneaking in.

More than 270 pupils from four local primaries took part in the East Beds School Sports Partnership Athletics Day at Sandy Upper School in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire last week.

Youngsters aged seven and eight competed in the long jump, hurdles, sprint, 400 metres and relay races. Their parents, many of whom wanted to take time off work to attend, condemned the ban.

One mother, who did not wish to be named, said: 'They said they just could not estimate how many parents were going to be there, and were worried that they couldn't stop someone who shouldn't be there from being there. But I think it's just health and safety gone mad.'

Mother-of-three Emma Collett, 33, of Biggleswade, has a child at St Andrew's Lower School in the town.

She said: 'I would have taken time off work to support my child. It would have meant a lot to me.

'I'm all for measures to protect the safety of children but lines must be drawn and common sense must prevail.'

Paul Blunt of the East Bedfordshire School Sports Partnership, which ran the event, said the 'ultimate fear' was that a child could be abducted.

He said: 'If we let parents into the school they would have been free to roam the grounds. All unsupervised adults must be kept away from children.

'An unsavoury character could have come in and we just can't put the children in the event or the students at the host school at risk like that.

'The ultimate fear is that a child is hurt or abducted, and we must take all measures possible to prevent that.'

Mr Blunt confirmed he had received a complaint from an irate mother but defended his decision.

He added: 'None of the children taking part attend the host school so it would've been really hard to police.

'We did a risk assessment and concluded that we couldn't guarantee the children's safety.

'The number of children involved meant it would have been hard to ensure people were who they claimed to be.'

Local councillor Anita Lewis also backed the decision, saying: 'The safety of the children is paramount.

'It was decided that following a risk assessment we could not adequately supervise up to 100 plus adults on the school site.'

However, Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said it was 'totally unreasonable' to ban parents from a sports day.

'It's clearly a serious misjudgement. One of the great pleasures of sports day is that their parents can watch them take part,' he said.

'If you followed the thinking of this ban you wouldn't be able to let you child out of the front door.'


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#294199 - 07/04/09 11:50 AM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: Hauser]
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Isn't this going just a *liitle* too far?


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#294256 - 07/04/09 09:56 PM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: Hauser]
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#294260 - 07/05/09 12:39 AM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: myboyhoodfears]
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Just another step toward the school system keeping parents out of their children's education. I've heard of quite a few cases where there are "Opt-Out" options for certain classes being denied for stupid reasons, so why not just ban the parents from being around at all??

Afterall, "It takes a village." right????

Load O' Crap no matter how you cut it. The people running that show need to go back to dogs and ponies rather than children.


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#294266 - 07/05/09 02:34 AM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: JustScott]
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bizarre....

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#294277 - 07/05/09 06:10 AM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: WalkingSouth]
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We did a risk assessment and concluded that we couldn't guarantee the children's safety.

Idiot. In that case, what on earth are they doing holding a sports event for kids in the first place, seeing as how they can't guarantee their safety?

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#294295 - 07/05/09 01:35 PM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: roadrunner]
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Registered: 07/12/08
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Loc: USA
Amazing!

It is just like a school trip... Have volounteer parent chaperones maybe one per seven children that the parent is responsible for. (The parents would have a check in point with a "smiley face safe sticker" so the kids would know that was an adult who is supposed to be there.

The kids could wear color coded or numbered stickers the same as the chaperone. If the event was organized, they could have taken turns playing certain games and then all switched by color/number. The entire event could have been organized and planned out..

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#294325 - 07/05/09 06:01 PM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: didi]
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It could have been done safely. The organisers are obviously quite incompetent, or simply don't want to make the effort. Either that or they are submitting to fear.

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#294351 - 07/05/09 10:11 PM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: king tut]
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Registered: 07/12/08
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I agree with you! We have over 500 children in our elementary school. We have plenty of field days and outings and NOT ONCE have we had this issue. Between the parents, teachers and PTO we take the childrens safety very seriously in an organized fun fashion. The children have a blast and all is well. I would yank my child out of that school...

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#294361 - 07/05/09 10:54 PM Re: You've GOT to be kidding, right? [Re: didi]
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Allan,

If my kids were in that school I would have pulled out of that school the minute I found out about the ban. Talk about over kill.
I am sure glad that the administion at my childrens school still repect the voices of the parents. And seek their participation in school related activities. Sure makes things alot more special when for my daughters when we choose to join in their activities.

Mike

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