Girl, five, found wandering streets after school disco

Emma Bootland with her five-year-old daughter Laila

Emma Bootland with her five-year-old daughter Laila

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A FIVE year old girl was found wandering the streets of York alone, frightened and cold after she was allowed to leave a primary school party on her own.

Laiyla Nelson, who turned five only last week, was found near busy Leeman Road by the father of one of her schoolmates at about 7pm last Thursday, after a primary school disco at St Barnabas's School to celebrate the end of term.

Mum Emma Bootland said she was horrified her daughter had been put in such danger, and wanted to make sure the same did not happen again.

Emma was leaving home just before 7pm to collect Laiyla from the disco as planned, unaware her daughter was not safely at school, when she received a phone call from friend Daniel Cooper, whose daughter Libby is in the same class as Laiyla, who said he had Laiyla.

At first, Emma thanked him, thinking her friend had simply arrived at school before her and was heading back towards her home with Laiyla.

"I presumed he had picked her up with Libby, but he said 'I don't think you understand, I found her on Leeman Road on her own'.

"I ran down to get her, Laiyla was in a right state. Everything was going through my head."

Emma added: "I was thinking the worst. I knew she was already safe with Daniel so I tried to calm down, but she could have been picked up by anyone, or she could have had an accident."

Laiyla had left the school hall in nearby Jubilee Terrace alone and without her coat, and tried to make the 15 minute walk home to Phoenix Boulevard crossing at least two roads as evening began to fall.

Emma said all her daughter could tell her was: "They let me out Mummy, they said it was home time."

Although there was a checklist of children at the party, Emma believes her daughter wandered out with being ticked off the list.

"I think it's disgusting that she was found on a street corner. She was nearly half way home, she didn't have her coat on and she was freezing.

She added: "I don't know how long she had been out there for, she couldn't tell me."

The school have apologised "unreservedly" but cannot explain how Laiyla was allowed to leave school unaccompanied.

Karen Boardman, the head teacher at St Barnabas’s, said: “We have apologised unreservedly to Laiyla’s parents, who, like us are relieved that no harm came to her.

"An incident like this has never happened at St Barnabas’s School before and in conjunction with our governors and staff we have put measures in place to reassure parents that this does not happen again.”

Until this incident, Emma said she had nothing but praise for the school, but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party.

Two days after the disco, Emma held a birthday party for Laiyla when she told other parents what had happened.

"Everyone was really shocked and concerned, because it's an absolutely ten out of ten school.

Now she is simply relieved that Laiyla is safe at home, and hopes the lessons of her ordeal will be learned. "It shouldn't have happened but I am just hoping this is a reality check and it doesn't happen again.

"If your children aren't safe at schoo,l where are they safe?"

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10:35am Fri 11 Apr 14

Site of woe says...

Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.
Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school. Site of woe
  • Score: 82

11:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

electricwarrior says...

Site of woe wrote:
Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.
Well said, and why the need to go to the press.
[quote][p][bold]Site of woe[/bold] wrote: Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.[/p][/quote]Well said, and why the need to go to the press. electricwarrior
  • Score: 80

11:31am Fri 11 Apr 14

yorkandproud says...

Site of woe wrote:
Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.
It sounds like the school are taking responsibility. Why are you blaming the mother ? Even if she was a bit late, it's not her fault.
[quote][p][bold]Site of woe[/bold] wrote: Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.[/p][/quote]It sounds like the school are taking responsibility. Why are you blaming the mother ? Even if she was a bit late, it's not her fault. yorkandproud
  • Score: -37

11:46am Fri 11 Apr 14

oldgoat says...

Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her.

Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.
Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her. Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here. oldgoat
  • Score: 5

12:05pm Fri 11 Apr 14

matroom says...

electricwarrior wrote:
Site of woe wrote:
Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.
Well said, and why the need to go to the press.
Attention seeking.
[quote][p][bold]electricwarrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Site of woe[/bold] wrote: Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.[/p][/quote]Well said, and why the need to go to the press.[/p][/quote]Attention seeking. matroom
  • Score: 39

12:13pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Justmythoughts... says...

I agree that this is a school issue and no child of that age should even have the oportunity to just walk out unsupervised but I do think that going to the papers is a bit sad. The school have taken full responsibility and appologised so why then tarnish the good name of the school with this article?
I agree that this is a school issue and no child of that age should even have the oportunity to just walk out unsupervised but I do think that going to the papers is a bit sad. The school have taken full responsibility and appologised so why then tarnish the good name of the school with this article? Justmythoughts...
  • Score: 76

12:18pm Fri 11 Apr 14

TheTruthHurts says...

but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party.


Really? Was that strictly necessary?
[quote] but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party. [/quote] Really? Was that strictly necessary? TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 83

12:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Jackanory2 says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party.
Really? Was that strictly necessary?
I know, amazing.
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote] but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party. [/quote] Really? Was that strictly necessary?[/p][/quote]I know, amazing. Jackanory2
  • Score: 55

12:40pm Fri 11 Apr 14

matroom says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party.


Really? Was that strictly necessary?
Ridiculous over-reaction.
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote] but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party. [/quote] Really? Was that strictly necessary?[/p][/quote]Ridiculous over-reaction. matroom
  • Score: 56

12:41pm Fri 11 Apr 14

MouseHouse says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party.


Really? Was that strictly necessary?
Based on what I've read here then absolutely not. Something happened, nobody was hurt, the school have picked up on their responsibilities so why not just get on as normal. The best thing for all is to carry on as usual. Five year olds are wonderfully resilient, so my gut feel is the day off was for the mums benefit more than the little girls.

Good luck to them both.
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote] but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party. [/quote] Really? Was that strictly necessary?[/p][/quote]Based on what I've read here then absolutely not. Something happened, nobody was hurt, the school have picked up on their responsibilities so why not just get on as normal. The best thing for all is to carry on as usual. Five year olds are wonderfully resilient, so my gut feel is the day off was for the mums benefit more than the little girls. Good luck to them both. MouseHouse
  • Score: 47

1:55pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Dr Brian says...

matroom wrote:
TheTruthHurts wrote:
but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party.


Really? Was that strictly necessary?
Ridiculous over-reaction.
Agreed - but it adds to the story and gives the mother her 5 minutes of fame!
[quote][p][bold]matroom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote] but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party. [/quote] Really? Was that strictly necessary?[/p][/quote]Ridiculous over-reaction.[/p][/quote]Agreed - but it adds to the story and gives the mother her 5 minutes of fame! Dr Brian
  • Score: 48

2:14pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Think the critics on here not have children, and have to say the Press will pick anything up, that tugs at heart strings .
Think the critics on here not have children, and have to say the Press will pick anything up, that tugs at heart strings . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -23

2:18pm Fri 11 Apr 14

roadwars says...

oldgoat wrote:
Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her.

Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.
...Or largely the parent's fault for not bringing up a child to know that wandering off on her own is not acceptable. But no doubt the little one got nothing but attention and has been rewarded for her silliness.
[quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her. Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.[/p][/quote]...Or largely the parent's fault for not bringing up a child to know that wandering off on her own is not acceptable. But no doubt the little one got nothing but attention and has been rewarded for her silliness. roadwars
  • Score: 35

2:34pm Fri 11 Apr 14

eeoodares says...

oldgoat wrote:
Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her.

Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.
It should not be the case that it is acceptable for parents to be late!

People should take responsibility for their own actions, if you have a child BE THERE ON TIME!
[quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her. Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.[/p][/quote]It should not be the case that it is acceptable for parents to be late! People should take responsibility for their own actions, if you have a child BE THERE ON TIME! eeoodares
  • Score: 34

3:32pm Fri 11 Apr 14

T'Marcus says...

Site of woe wrote:
Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.
I totally agree.
This story smells for compensation.
The mother was at fault, in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Site of woe[/bold] wrote: Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.[/p][/quote]I totally agree. This story smells for compensation. The mother was at fault, in the first place. T'Marcus
  • Score: 29

3:36pm Fri 11 Apr 14

T'Marcus says...

Site of woe wrote:
Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.
I totally agree.
This story smells for compensation.
The mother was at fault, in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Site of woe[/bold] wrote: Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.[/p][/quote]I totally agree. This story smells for compensation. The mother was at fault, in the first place. T'Marcus
  • Score: 19

3:38pm Fri 11 Apr 14

againstthecuts says...

Maybe I'm missing the point. But why leave a five year alone at a disco?
Maybe I'm missing the point. But why leave a five year alone at a disco? againstthecuts
  • Score: 26

3:44pm Fri 11 Apr 14

spottycow says...

THE SCHOOL IS AT FAULT HERE NOT THE GIRLS MOTHER . SCHOOLS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO PASS THE BUCK .IF YOU CANNOT TO DO THINGS RIGHT AT SCHOOL DONT BOTHER . WE SUPPORTED ALL OUR CHILDRENS SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT OUR KIDS EDUCATION .WE USE TO RUN KIDS ALL OVER IN OUR OWN PEOPLE CARRIER BUT WE NEVER LET ANY CHILD GO OFF ON THEIR OWN .
THE SCHOOL IS AT FAULT HERE NOT THE GIRLS MOTHER . SCHOOLS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO PASS THE BUCK .IF YOU CANNOT TO DO THINGS RIGHT AT SCHOOL DONT BOTHER . WE SUPPORTED ALL OUR CHILDRENS SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT OUR KIDS EDUCATION .WE USE TO RUN KIDS ALL OVER IN OUR OWN PEOPLE CARRIER BUT WE NEVER LET ANY CHILD GO OFF ON THEIR OWN . spottycow
  • Score: -46

3:54pm Fri 11 Apr 14

littleme06 says...

I think it's disgusting that the mother has been blamed here. There are often many reasons why we as parents can be running late. There is absolutely no reason or excuse why the child should have been left to roam the streets. There is a river nearby and given recent accidents involving the river this is another huge concern. You put your full faith in the school whilst taking care of your child. They wouldn't let a child leave the classroom at the end of the day if you are running late. So why do so many people think that this is the fault of the mother. And to say that the child should have been brought up to know better ... What a joke! She is 5 for goodness sake. Are all your children perfect angels and listen to everything you tell them or I'm guessing most people here are not parents.
I fully understand why the mum is angry,upset and to be honest I would be feeling the same. She may not have gone to the press. The story probably got around and she was most probably approached by the press. As she said she has nothing but praise for the school but this incident shouldn't have happened as the school has a duty of care and she said she doesn't want it to happen again.
I'm so glad the little girl is safe .... A remark so many have failed to mention
I think it's disgusting that the mother has been blamed here. There are often many reasons why we as parents can be running late. There is absolutely no reason or excuse why the child should have been left to roam the streets. There is a river nearby and given recent accidents involving the river this is another huge concern. You put your full faith in the school whilst taking care of your child. They wouldn't let a child leave the classroom at the end of the day if you are running late. So why do so many people think that this is the fault of the mother. And to say that the child should have been brought up to know better ... What a joke! She is 5 for goodness sake. Are all your children perfect angels and listen to everything you tell them or I'm guessing most people here are not parents. I fully understand why the mum is angry,upset and to be honest I would be feeling the same. She may not have gone to the press. The story probably got around and she was most probably approached by the press. As she said she has nothing but praise for the school but this incident shouldn't have happened as the school has a duty of care and she said she doesn't want it to happen again. I'm so glad the little girl is safe .... A remark so many have failed to mention littleme06
  • Score: -10

3:55pm Fri 11 Apr 14

littleme06 says...

Yes you are missing the point. Parents were told that they had to leave the children at the disco and to collect at the end
Yes you are missing the point. Parents were told that they had to leave the children at the disco and to collect at the end littleme06
  • Score: 8

3:58pm Fri 11 Apr 14

littleme06 says...

roadwars wrote:
oldgoat wrote:
Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her.

Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.
...Or largely the parent's fault for not bringing up a child to know that wandering off on her own is not acceptable. But no doubt the little one got nothing but attention and has been rewarded for her silliness.
Rewarded for silliness ???get real!
She is a five year old girl
It's very obvious you don't have children. The school have a duty of care just like they do in school hours.
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her. Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.[/p][/quote]...Or largely the parent's fault for not bringing up a child to know that wandering off on her own is not acceptable. But no doubt the little one got nothing but attention and has been rewarded for her silliness.[/p][/quote]Rewarded for silliness ???get real! She is a five year old girl It's very obvious you don't have children. The school have a duty of care just like they do in school hours. littleme06
  • Score: -9

4:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

york_chap says...

spottycow wrote:
THE SCHOOL IS AT FAULT HERE NOT THE GIRLS MOTHER . SCHOOLS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO PASS THE BUCK .IF YOU CANNOT TO DO THINGS RIGHT AT SCHOOL DONT BOTHER . WE SUPPORTED ALL OUR CHILDRENS SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT OUR KIDS EDUCATION .WE USE TO RUN KIDS ALL OVER IN OUR OWN PEOPLE CARRIER BUT WE NEVER LET ANY CHILD GO OFF ON THEIR OWN .
From your post, it's clear that schools can't even educate people properly any more, so, as you say; perhaps they shouldn't bother.
[quote][p][bold]spottycow[/bold] wrote: THE SCHOOL IS AT FAULT HERE NOT THE GIRLS MOTHER . SCHOOLS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO PASS THE BUCK .IF YOU CANNOT TO DO THINGS RIGHT AT SCHOOL DONT BOTHER . WE SUPPORTED ALL OUR CHILDRENS SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT OUR KIDS EDUCATION .WE USE TO RUN KIDS ALL OVER IN OUR OWN PEOPLE CARRIER BUT WE NEVER LET ANY CHILD GO OFF ON THEIR OWN .[/p][/quote]From your post, it's clear that schools can't even educate people properly any more, so, as you say; perhaps they shouldn't bother. york_chap
  • Score: 21

4:15pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Daisy75 says...

Schools, like parents, are not perfect 100% of the time. Accidents like this happen from time to time, and whilst the mother should highlight it to the school, going to the press is an over reaction unless she can say that she has never lost her daughter in a shop and her daughter has never wandered off at home.
Schools, like parents, are not perfect 100% of the time. Accidents like this happen from time to time, and whilst the mother should highlight it to the school, going to the press is an over reaction unless she can say that she has never lost her daughter in a shop and her daughter has never wandered off at home. Daisy75
  • Score: 34

4:24pm Fri 11 Apr 14

courier46 says...

My God,i cant believe how many nasty people are commenting on here,this proves what I`ve been thinking the last few months,that the mood in York is terrible it`s changing and not for the better.So many people with an attitude!
My God,i cant believe how many nasty people are commenting on here,this proves what I`ve been thinking the last few months,that the mood in York is terrible it`s changing and not for the better.So many people with an attitude! courier46
  • Score: -11

5:18pm Fri 11 Apr 14

imassey says...

Yet another story that it would probably have been better not to allow comments on. All that ever happens with these stories is that the comments section ends up full of finger-pointing and recriminations, usually at the expense of an individual who has had an unnecessary scare or an organisation that is almost certainly devastated t what has happened and will learn from its mistake.

If the Press must run these stories (and emblazon them all over the banners around town) they should leave it at that and not set any parties up for public judgement. You can bet that, if the girl had been injured, there would have been no comments allowed.
Yet another story that it would probably have been better not to allow comments on. All that ever happens with these stories is that the comments section ends up full of finger-pointing and recriminations, usually at the expense of an individual who has had an unnecessary scare or an organisation that is almost certainly devastated t what has happened and will learn from its mistake. If the Press must run these stories (and emblazon them all over the banners around town) they should leave it at that and not set any parties up for public judgement. You can bet that, if the girl had been injured, there would have been no comments allowed. imassey
  • Score: 15

5:35pm Fri 11 Apr 14

oldgoat says...

eeoodares wrote:
oldgoat wrote:
Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her.

Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.
It should not be the case that it is acceptable for parents to be late!

People should take responsibility for their own actions, if you have a child BE THERE ON TIME!
You're either not a parent, or you've never got caught in a traffic jam, or had every traffic light against you.

In any case, the school should hold on to the child until a responsible adult arrives. That is the nub of the issue, such as it is.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: Maybe you misread the article? She'd set off to collect her daughter at the time she'd arranged to, and expected to collect her. Often the case that parents can be a few minutes late, so its entirely the school at fault for lack of supervision here.[/p][/quote]It should not be the case that it is acceptable for parents to be late! People should take responsibility for their own actions, if you have a child BE THERE ON TIME![/p][/quote]You're either not a parent, or you've never got caught in a traffic jam, or had every traffic light against you. In any case, the school should hold on to the child until a responsible adult arrives. That is the nub of the issue, such as it is. oldgoat
  • Score: 6

5:51pm Fri 11 Apr 14

rtfm68 says...

My child used to attend this school and I can assure you that this is not the first time this has happened. A few years ago the same thing happened. This school has some serious health and safety issues that need addressing but nothing will be done whilst this wet blanket of a head teacher is in charge. We also had an issue with this school whilst in assembly my child who was around 2 at the time opened a low down cupboard and pulled out a kitchen knife! We should have complained to ofsted really but we had had enough of this school by then and just took our child out.
My child used to attend this school and I can assure you that this is not the first time this has happened. A few years ago the same thing happened. This school has some serious health and safety issues that need addressing but nothing will be done whilst this wet blanket of a head teacher is in charge. We also had an issue with this school whilst in assembly my child who was around 2 at the time opened a low down cupboard and pulled out a kitchen knife! We should have complained to ofsted really but we had had enough of this school by then and just took our child out. rtfm68
  • Score: -17

7:13pm Fri 11 Apr 14

naburn says...

Why do people always moan about things in the press? It is a NEWS PAPER,things like this are NEWS! DUHH!
Why do people always moan about things in the press? It is a NEWS PAPER,things like this are NEWS! DUHH! naburn
  • Score: -1

9:58pm Fri 11 Apr 14

SB Dubs says...

Top and bottom of it, the school should not have let the child out without an adult present. The child is in their care and there should have been better supervision. Its the schools fault, and could have been a lot more serious had she have been picked up/run over/fallen in the river. Dont blame the poor mother who must have been absolutely beside herself with it all. You readers are so harsh in your judgements. You dont know how you would react unless it happened to you.
Top and bottom of it, the school should not have let the child out without an adult present. The child is in their care and there should have been better supervision. Its the schools fault, and could have been a lot more serious had she have been picked up/run over/fallen in the river. Dont blame the poor mother who must have been absolutely beside herself with it all. You readers are so harsh in your judgements. You dont know how you would react unless it happened to you. SB Dubs
  • Score: 5

10:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

BeForeverHappy says...

"Until this incident, Emma said she had nothing but praise for the school, but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party"

I wonder how many times I bet the Mother has never been to The Press previously to her express her praise for the school! Plus, maybe the Mother kept her off school, as she had to wait in for the reporter to arrive? A mistake was made by all involved, these things happen unfortunately. Ranting to The Press is not going to make a blind bit of difference. Just learn from the incident and move on!
"Until this incident, Emma said she had nothing but praise for the school, but said she felt she had to keep Laiyla away from school the day after the party" I wonder how many times I bet the Mother has never been to The Press previously to her express her praise for the school! Plus, maybe the Mother kept her off school, as she had to wait in for the reporter to arrive? A mistake was made by all involved, these things happen unfortunately. Ranting to The Press is not going to make a blind bit of difference. Just learn from the incident and move on! BeForeverHappy
  • Score: 15

7:24am Sat 12 Apr 14

Kezvg1 says...

Site of woe wrote:
Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.
Oh barnabas how I miss thee and your appalling child protection skills!! Has been about 6-7 years since but I clearly remember me and friend collecting our kids from the disco...my friends son hypodermic needle in hand! He proceeded to tell us he picked it up from under the curtain in the disco hall. My friend confronted the head who said 'perhaps the DJ was diabetic'. My friend responded perhaps he is but surely he wouldn't be chucking needles to the edge of the room! This is the best explanation offered and no apology or inquiry! You'd have thought there'd be an improvement from there but this story says not!
[quote][p][bold]Site of woe[/bold] wrote: Obviously the school shouldn't have let the child go but why wasn't the mother there to collect her on time? Most schools also tell children not to go off without an adult so maybe some lessons from home are needed too - as well as the school.[/p][/quote]Oh barnabas how I miss thee and your appalling child protection skills!! Has been about 6-7 years since but I clearly remember me and friend collecting our kids from the disco...my friends son hypodermic needle in hand! He proceeded to tell us he picked it up from under the curtain in the disco hall. My friend confronted the head who said 'perhaps the DJ was diabetic'. My friend responded perhaps he is but surely he wouldn't be chucking needles to the edge of the room! This is the best explanation offered and no apology or inquiry! You'd have thought there'd be an improvement from there but this story says not! Kezvg1
  • Score: -5

9:31am Sat 12 Apr 14

nearlyman says...

A lot of children are considerably more safe when they are at school. Glass houses and stones comes to mind..............
A lot of children are considerably more safe when they are at school. Glass houses and stones comes to mind.............. nearlyman
  • Score: 7

10:00am Sat 12 Apr 14

Engage says...

I am pleased to hear that this schools offers a disco for their pupils despite the challenges of health and safety for such events. Many schools across the country don't have Discos like this any more. The school has made a promot and 'unreserved apology' and has described that actions are in place to improve this aspect of child protection. Sadly accidents happen at home and generally less so at school. The important thing is to move on and learn from them.
I am pleased to hear that this schools offers a disco for their pupils despite the challenges of health and safety for such events. Many schools across the country don't have Discos like this any more. The school has made a promot and 'unreserved apology' and has described that actions are in place to improve this aspect of child protection. Sadly accidents happen at home and generally less so at school. The important thing is to move on and learn from them. Engage
  • Score: 18

1:00pm Sat 12 Apr 14

againstthecuts says...

littleme06 wrote:
Yes you are missing the point. Parents were told that they had to leave the children at the disco and to collect at the end
Even so I still wouldn't have left my kid. would you?
[quote][p][bold]littleme06[/bold] wrote: Yes you are missing the point. Parents were told that they had to leave the children at the disco and to collect at the end[/p][/quote]Even so I still wouldn't have left my kid. would you? againstthecuts
  • Score: 2

2:06pm Sat 12 Apr 14

moobev says...

I cannot believe the people who have blamed the mother on here!!
She WAS NOT late in picking her child up from School....The child got out when supposed to be the resposability of the School !
Also no the child was not hurt ....... BUT freezing cold so much her skin was blue!! Also where the child was is busy roads and not easily seen if god forbid she did try crossing the road and the RIVER not forgetting this poor young girl could of headed that way !!

The only thing the Mother should be concerned about is are out of school activities really safe for her child to attend!
I cannot believe the people who have blamed the mother on here!! She WAS NOT late in picking her child up from School....The child got out when supposed to be the resposability of the School ! Also no the child was not hurt ....... BUT freezing cold so much her skin was blue!! Also where the child was is busy roads and not easily seen if god forbid she did try crossing the road and the RIVER not forgetting this poor young girl could of headed that way !! The only thing the Mother should be concerned about is are out of school activities really safe for her child to attend! moobev
  • Score: -6

3:25pm Sat 12 Apr 14

spottycow says...

york chap in reply i think most schools do a great job with our kids .its just a few that let us down after recent events in york . not just the river problem but also the poor lass who lost her life at the nursery .LIFE IS SO PRECIOUS .
york chap in reply i think most schools do a great job with our kids .its just a few that let us down after recent events in york . not just the river problem but also the poor lass who lost her life at the nursery .LIFE IS SO PRECIOUS . spottycow
  • Score: -1

10:02pm Sat 12 Apr 14

bugboy says...

Whilst I have no doubt there has been a mistake made, the press reporting that the child was ALLOWED to leave the disco by herself seems ridiculous! Could it be that she somehow got out and as it was a disco there would have been a lot of people collecting their children at the same time and it may have been that the school thought she had been collected!
The school has taken responsibility and I'm sure the incident will be looked into and changes will be made. Maybe the press should think twice before stating that a child would be allowed to leave on their own!!
Whilst I have no doubt there has been a mistake made, the press reporting that the child was ALLOWED to leave the disco by herself seems ridiculous! Could it be that she somehow got out and as it was a disco there would have been a lot of people collecting their children at the same time and it may have been that the school thought she had been collected! The school has taken responsibility and I'm sure the incident will be looked into and changes will be made. Maybe the press should think twice before stating that a child would be allowed to leave on their own!! bugboy
  • Score: 6

2:58pm Sun 13 Apr 14

alanyork says...

rtfm68 wrote:
My child used to attend this school and I can assure you that this is not the first time this has happened. A few years ago the same thing happened. This school has some serious health and safety issues that need addressing but nothing will be done whilst this wet blanket of a head teacher is in charge. We also had an issue with this school whilst in assembly my child who was around 2 at the time opened a low down cupboard and pulled out a kitchen knife! We should have complained to ofsted really but we had had enough of this school by then and just took our child out.
a bit late now you numpty
[quote][p][bold]rtfm68[/bold] wrote: My child used to attend this school and I can assure you that this is not the first time this has happened. A few years ago the same thing happened. This school has some serious health and safety issues that need addressing but nothing will be done whilst this wet blanket of a head teacher is in charge. We also had an issue with this school whilst in assembly my child who was around 2 at the time opened a low down cupboard and pulled out a kitchen knife! We should have complained to ofsted really but we had had enough of this school by then and just took our child out.[/p][/quote]a bit late now you numpty alanyork
  • Score: -3

2:50pm Tue 15 Apr 14

anonymous606969 says...

My child attended this school and it is NOT unheard of for this sort of thing to happen.
My child was told one evening that he would no longer be going to the club he had signed up for (as he was waiting to go in) I was not called to collect him, nor was he given any alternative as to what to do. Luckily my friend found him, confused upset and alone in the cloak room, there being no one present to either stop him going home, or look after him. She called me and brought him home.
This incident, (amongst many others) was formally reported to the school and a full inquiry was promised. Having eventually been forced to remove my child from the school I was shocked to find not a single incident where I was compelled to complain to the school had been recorded- no doubt a contributory factor to their ten out of ten rating.
My child attended this school and it is NOT unheard of for this sort of thing to happen. My child was told one evening that he would no longer be going to the club he had signed up for (as he was waiting to go in) I was not called to collect him, nor was he given any alternative as to what to do. Luckily my friend found him, confused upset and alone in the cloak room, there being no one present to either stop him going home, or look after him. She called me and brought him home. This incident, (amongst many others) was formally reported to the school and a full inquiry was promised. Having eventually been forced to remove my child from the school I was shocked to find not a single incident where I was compelled to complain to the school had been recorded- no doubt a contributory factor to their ten out of ten rating. anonymous606969
  • Score: 0

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