Saturday, April 24, 2010
Now here's something for the weekend for you to enjoy:)
A wee story that hit the media a few weeks ago about Kim Barrett, and her brush with Nannydom.
Ms Barrett was about her business near Manor School in Melksham, when she saw a small boy stuck up a tree.
Being a decent human being Ms Barrett assisted the boy down, and walked him over to the school (where he was a pupil).
That all sounds reasonable, doesn't it?
Well no actually.
You see my loyal readers we live in the Nanny state, where commonsense and decency are thrown out the window in deference to the rule of the state.
The teachers were already aware of the boy's plight. However, in keeping with "health and safety" (pass the sickbag) guidance, they walked away from the boy and left him up the tree.
It seems that Nanny's rules dictate that such incidents should be "observed from a distance", lest the teachers distract the stranded child.
So, in other words, he is left to his own devices until gravity takes over!
Anyhoo, aside from observing the boy the staff also observed Ms Barrett.
Did they rush to thank her?
They called the police and Ms Barrett was warned about going near the school etc lest she be a paedophile.
Nanny's chums at the school were of the view that Ms Barrett "approached the school in an inappropriate way".
They sent her a letter stating they had reported her to police. The next day, a PCSO visited to say she had trespassed.
The head teacher Beverley Martin was unapologetic:
"We cannot assume that people who enter the school grounds without permission have innocent intentions."
Take a look at the schools where you live, have you noticed that they now all have sturdy iron gates, railings and entry phone systems?
They more closely resemble a prison, rather than a centre of community education. No wonder kids hate going to these places.
My old school was, and still is, open. You can walk in or out of the grounds (not the buildings) without any fuss (subject to you not looking like a complete loon). Indeed the pupils can exit without any fuss either, and go to the pub for lunch round the corner (where they will find a gaggle of masters preparing for afternoon double Latin).
Ms Barrett was given a warning for "anti social behaviour"!
What on earth is going on in the heads of these teachers and our police?
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