04/06/2009

Not even safe at school

Posted in Education, Law 'n order at 6:44 pm by henrysgauntlet

What kind of a world are we living in now?   Parents send their son to school, and he is badly beaten up, actually in the school building, in the middle of the school day.   No, it wasn’t bullying  –  it was a former pupil who entered the school grounds, and then boldly walked into the building to what is known as a “social area” and assaulted a 14-year-old.   And all of this happened at the new purpose-built Gateway Academy at 10.30 in the morning.

Perhaps 10.30 is the morning break.   If not, why wasn’t the pupil in classes?   If it was break, is there no supervision of the “social areas” and the grounds?

Didn’t anyone see the former pupil as he crossed the grounds and walked to the social area?   Most schools nowadays have a system where teachers wear identity badges, and legitimate visitors wear a Visitor badge.   So, if anyone is on site without a badge, and is not a pupil in school uniform, then it is clear they have no business to be there.

Many Chadwell parents had great doubts about sending their children down the hill to Gateway.   Incidents like this one will worry both Chadwell and Tilbury parents.    Parents do their best to ensure their children are safe on the way to and from school, and keep them safe at home.   Now it seems they can’t rely on the fact that their children will be safe at school.

Apparently the police are investigating, and expect to make an arrest soon.   Heard that one before!!

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